The placenta is an important part of your pregnancy. Your body grew it from nothing, then it protected and nourished your baby! Women across the world have reported many benefits from consuming their placenta. These benefits may include increased milk production, improved postpartum mood, faster recovery, and a better 4th trimester experience.
I offer traditional method, which is done in your home over the course of 2 days. Your partner or designated placenta person will bring it to your home and place in your fridge. When I am informed that you have had your baby, we figure out a good time (within 3 days of birth) for me to come to your home and start the process. So this means your placenta doesn't leave your side and your kitchen and sink will be completely cleaned and disinfected before and after I finish! The fee includes pills, placenta print, and cord keepsake. Placenta healing salve and tincture can be added for an additional $25 each.
Placenta Encapsulation is the process of cleaning, dehydrating, and powdering a mother's placenta. The powder is placed into gel-caps, allowing the mother to ingest as she sees fit.
Your baby's placenta is believed to:
-be perfectly made for you
-balance your system
-replenish depleted iron
-give you more energy
-decrease bleeding postnatally
-been shown to increase milk production
-help you have a happier postpartum period
-promote a shorter healing time
-be helpful during menopause
Frequently Asked Questions
How does placenta encapsulation work?
Placenta encapsulation is the process of preparing the mother’s placenta after the birth of her baby (by separating the membranes and umbilical cord from the placenta, rinsing and draining maternal and fetal blood) and dehydrating it to then be ground and placed into capsules for the mother to ingest.
Why do people encapsulate their placenta?
The purpose of ingestion by the mother is to reintroduce the beneficial vitamins, minerals, hormones, proteins, and other nutrients to her body following labor and birth to help restore a more balanced body function, prevent “baby blues” and the more serious postpartum depression, increase breast-milk production, shorten healing time, increase maternal energy levels, and provide an over-all feeling of wellness to aid in the transition between pregnancy and the early postpartum period in the woman who has just given birth.
What is the Traditional Method?
When using the Traditional Method (inspired by Traditional Chinese Method), the placenta is steamed with ginger, lemon, and pepper. After steaming the placenta is sliced then dehydrated. People choose TM because during labor and birth your body is left with empty spaces seen as a cold element. The warming elements used during steam help promote healing after birth.
Can a frozen placenta be encapsulated?
A frozen placenta can be encapsulated. If the placenta was stored properly, has no freezer burn, was not left out at room temperature for over four hours, and stayed no longer than 4 days in the refrigerator. Over time a frozen placenta can lose its quality. The general time frame to encapsulate a frozen placenta is about 12 months.
Can I encapsulate my placenta after having an epidural or c-section?
There are no known issues from having an epidural or c-section and encapsulating the placenta.
What are the helping hormones in my placenta?
Gonadotrophin: the precursor to estrogen, progesterone and testosterone,
Prolactin: promotes lactation,
Oxytocin: for pain and bonding; produced during breastfeeding to facilitate bonding of mother and infant. In pharmaceutical form this is a very addictive drug because it promotes a feeling of connectedness with others,
Thyroid stimulating hormone: boosts energy and helps recovery from stressful events,
Cortisone: combats stress and unlocks energy stores,
Interferon: stimulates the immune system to protect against infections,
Hemoglobin: replenishes iron deficiency and anemia, a common postpartum condition,
Urokinase inhibiting factor and factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing,
Gammaglobulin: immune booster that helps protect against postpartum infections.
Is there any reason why I can't encapsulate my placenta?
There are a few reasons why a placenta cannot be encapsulated. If the placenta went to pathology. If the medical team wants to take the placenta to pathology, request they take a small piece of your placenta to test. You may then keep the rest of your placenta in the fridge or freezer until you receive your results.
If the placenta was not stored properly, left out at room temperature for more than 4 hours, kept in the fridge for more than 4 days, or was frozen, thawed, then froze again.
Will the hospital release my placenta?
Most hospitals are great about releasing the placenta. You should tell your doctor or midwife ahead of time that you plan to take your placenta home and write it in your birth plan if you have one. This way if there is an issue, you can deal with it before you are in labor. The hospital may ask you to sign a liability release form.
Where will my placenta be prepared?
Prior to the arrival of your baby, I will provide you with an instruction guide for the safe transportation of your placenta. Once I am notified that your baby has arrived and your placenta is safely in your home, I will arrive to begin the process. By encapsulating in our clients homes we are able to increase their peace of mind and safety by eliminating the risk of cross contamination with foreign substances and ensuring that they know exactly what is happening every step of the way. During the encapsulation process our specialist offer complimentary postpartum support and are available to answer any questions you may have about your newborn, motherhood or the process itself. Upon the completion of the process, our specialist will leave your kitchen cleaner than they found it!
When can I expect my finished product?
In most cases, your capsules will be ready within 24 hours. It is a two day process. First day, placenta is prepared and dehydrated overnight. The second day, I come back to your home to finish the encapsulation process.
What is a tincture?
Placenta tincture is made by cutting off a small piece of the placenta and steeping it in 100 proof alcohol, vodka or brandy, for 6 weeks. Once the placenta tincture is done, it is ready to use once you are out of your placenta pills. The tincure is a wonderful rememdy that can be used by both mother and baby. The most helpful times to use the tincture is during times of stress, anxiety, great life changes, during PMS, and can even be used during menopause!
I didn't make a tincture and I'm almost out of pills. Now what?
You can make a tincture out of your capsules! It may not be as strong as using a raw piece of placenta, but I'd be happy to email you the directions on how to do this on your own usign 6-8 pills.
What is a healing salve?
Placenta has long been known to have healing and restorative qualities for the skin. I can create a natural and healing salve using some of your own placenta, custom made for your own use. Placenta salve can be made for
~ Cesarian and surgical scars
~ Perineal tears
~ Diaper rash
~ As a general healing and skin-care salve