It seems to come down to personal preference and what you're more comfortable with . I guess it's slightly "safer" to have it steamed first . I'm considering doing placental encapsulation this time around , I'll be delivering in Abbotsford . I see you're from the same area who are you having it done by ?
Yeah, I'm still undecided. Not really sure how to go about deciding either. Ah!
Anyway, that's a good question. I had a hard time finding people to contact at first. I ended up googling "placenta encapsulation abbotsford" and "placenta encapsulation fraser valley" and got a few places. I contacted Sarah at Prenatal to Parenting first, but she's on vacation during my EDD.
I heard back from Gina at Truly Pure Birth right away, but didn't respond. She does the TCM and charges $225 (starting price, depending on where you live), with $50 deposit when you register. Then, I heard back from Samantha at Breathe Into Being. She does the raw method and charges $170. But, she'll also steam it first if you prefer. I figured I go with her since it costs less, and I have the option of doing it either way.
if you've had to take any medication throughout pregnancy, or have any pain relief during labour, ie/ epi/pethadine/c-section etc, then you're better off with the steamed method, just so get rid of anything lingering, also if theres any light meconium on the placenta then best to steam it, or if you can't get it in the fridge within 3-4 hrs of birth, or freeze it first before encapuslating, ie/ raw needs to be done on a fresh placenta.
Otherwise its personal choice, the TCM method its only a very gentle steaming, and I guess it depends on your beliefs behind it. the Chinese believe that after birth, the mother needs to be kept warm, can only eat warm foods, drink warm drinks, is not allowed to bath for a certain amount of time to keep the body warm etc. so steaming means putting the 'warmth' into the placenta
But yes, others believe that by steaming it, you are killing off some of the good bits and its best to go from raw. I've done both for other people, and get great reviews back either way.
Thank you, Kota! That is super helpful! I've told the woman doing mine that right now I'd prefer the raw method and I'll let her know if I change my mind.
Komatsu, my SIL delivered her two boys at Royal Columbian, and from her stories I gathered that I would much rather deliver at Abbotsford! It sounds so silly, but I'm really looking forward to the whole experience again.
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