Placenta - The Tree of Life
The 4th trimester, or the postpartum period, is a very sensitive time for every woman. While we spend almost all our energy caring for a new baby, we often forget about helping and caring for ourselves. During the birth our bodies are losing many nutrients, iron, blood and hormones. This may result in exhaustion, lack of breastmilk supply, slower physical healing from the birth and “baby blues”. By consuming the placenta after birth you reintroduce many of these lost elements to heal, harmonize, and balance your body.
Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners have used dried placenta as a healing remedy for thousands of years.
Placenta is an incredible source of:
- Iron deficiency linked to fatigue and postpartum depression (PPD)
- Iron supplements help ease PPD symptoms
- Natural iron is more effectively used by the body
- Oxytocin (stimulates the release of milk and relax mother; helps to fall in love with a baby; helps the uterus to contract back to normal size)
- Estrogen (acts to stimulate oxytocin) and Progesterone (general effect on a body is calming, antidepressant action)
- Thyroid Hormones (prevent Postpartum Depression symptoms)
- Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone and Cortisol
Capsules can be frozen for future use, even years later:
- when you going back
- in any stressful situation
- during menopause.
Placenta encapsulation services
Basic Placenta Encapsulation Package $250 (or $200 as an addition to Doula services)
phone, email, or in person consultation
on-call availability one week before and after due date
75-200 pills (depending on the size of placenta)
preparation and encapsulation of placenta in your home
umbilical cord keepsake
guidance on pill usage and storage
follow up postpartum support
Placenta Tincture (4 oz dropper bottle, lasts forever!): $30
Placenta Herbal Salve (4 oz): $40
Mother's Broth: free
Placenta Art Print (colored): $40
Placenta Blood Print: $20
Pick-up/Drop off service: $50
I accept either cash, checks or Venmo payments for my services
If your placenta is unable to be encapsulated for any reason (for example your placenta is sent to pathology in the hospital) I will give a full refund.
Why in-home service?
- You can be sure that you are getting your own placenta;
- You know exactly what is happening to your placenta during the process of encapsulation;
- You can be sure that your placenta pills are prepared in a clean environment;
- While I am in your home we can discuss any questions, to speak about postpartum recovery, benefits of placenta pills and more.
Placenta Encapsulation Method
Placenta has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to promote healing for over 1400 years. This method of preparation involves cleaning the placenta, gently steaming the placenta with dried ginger and myrrh and then dehydrating the placenta before it's put into capsules. Using this preparation is thought to bring out the placenta's healing and tonifying properties as well as warming and healing the uterus, to create a harmony and balance in women's body postpartum. I use only Traditional Chinese Medicine method because this method has been used for centuries and well researched - also steaming is more likely to kill bacteria.
Your placenta pills will last you anywhere from 3-6 weeks postpartum, but once they are finished, then that’s where your tincture comes in! To make a tincture, a small portion of your placenta is added to high-quality alcohol and set to ferment for 6 weeks. You can then keep this remedy at room temperature, and use it when the placenta pills are finished to offer similar support during periods of transition, stress, or during hormonal shifts.
Some of the benefits include jump-starting your milk supply, continued hormone stabilization in your postpartum menstruation cycles, less bleeding during those cycles, and increased energy.
A healing skin salve made of your placenta powder and a variety of healing herbs such as calendula and comfrey. Oils help with a variety of skin issues as they nourish and replenish. It offers to heal properties to c-section scars once they are healed, hemorrhoids, perineal tearing, cracked or blistered nipples, eczema, sunburn, diaper rash, cradle cap, baby acne, skin irritation and more. Think of the salve as healing, organic, natural triple antibiotic ointment.
The Mother’s Broth is a mixture of the placental liquids, the steam water, and the TCM “warming” herbs of Ginger and Myrrh. The broth serves as an excellent way to introduce the placental hormones to the postpartum mother while she awaits her placenta pills. It can be used in cooking, added to herbal tea, taken straight, or even added to the bathwater to encourage healing.
Similar to watercolor prints. A placenta print is a beautiful way to honor this life-giving connection as art. Each print is as unique as the baby is nourished. I can make a blood print without using any colors and it will be in natural red color, or I can use organic food-grade dye and we can choose the color together. For all placenta prints I use high quality, acid-free paper.
It is included with your placenta encapsulation service. Each keepsake is a small piece of the umbilical cord dehydrated into either a spiral, star or heart shape.
Pick up/Drop off service
There are different occasions and sometimes you need to have your placenta encapsulation done while you are still in the hospital. You can bring me the placenta and I will process it. Then I deliver the capsules back to you. The process usually takes about 48-72 hours from the time the placenta is picked up until the finished capsules are delivered.
I am a trained Placenta Encapsulation Specialist through Placenta Benefit information. The PBi is the original, largest and most recognized placenta encapsulation organization in the world. PBi created the standards for placenta encapsulation, and is the only organization with their Standard Operating Procedures on file with the US FDA, and meets or exceeds the safety requirements internationally in several other countries. The PBi method of encapsulation is the only preparation process to have research conducted on it to date.
How does in-home processing work?
1. We can meet in a coffee shop or tea house and discuss all the questions you have about my services. If you decide to work with me we can sign a contract and speak about a payment plan.
2. You text me when you go into labor. I wish you all the best and adjust my schedule to make encapsulation for you. After childbirth you call me and we decide when can I come to your house to start the process.
3. Encapsulation will be complete in your home over two days, in two sessions (so I definitely recommend to take mother's broth while you are waiting for your capsules). Each session will take approximately 2-3 hours to complete. I provide all materials and supplies.
4. Consume capsules as needed, per dosage instructions. Store capsules in the refrigerator.
What supplies do you use and how they are stored and sanitized?
The supplies I am using during the encapsulation process are all stainless steel and food-grade plastic. All equipment is washed with hot soapy water and sterilized with a bleach solution after each use. The preparation area is fully cleaned and sanitized with bleach solution prior to and after processing of the placenta. All equipment is thoroughly washed and sanitized after use in accordance with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) standards.
How do I obtain my placenta following the birth?
If you are having a homebirth, your midwife will usually double bag your placenta and ask if you want it refrigerated, frozen or thrown out. So please ask her to refrigerate it.
If you are having a hospital birth, be sure to speak with your primary care provider ahead of time. Find out what your hospital’s policy is for the release of placenta. Tell your primary care provider you plan to take your placenta home after birth. This should be noted in your chart and mentioned in your birth plan. You may also need to sign a release/waiver to take home your placenta.
How should the placenta be treated from the time of birth until the time of processing and preparation?
Treat your placenta as perishable food. If a baby is born at home, place your placenta in a container with a lid and refrigerate. If you are at a birthing center or hospital, ask your nurse to double bag the placenta in a ziplock (be sure they didn't wrap it in chux pads, just put it into ziplock) or in a hospital provided plastic container. I recommend bringing two of your own zip lock bags and/or a plastic food storage container. The placenta should be put on ice and refrigerated within 2 hours following the birth. Bring a cooler to the hospital to keep the placenta cold with ice following the birth. Either arrange to have a friend or family member transport the placenta home after delivery, or schedule a pick-up from the hospital during day time hours. The placenta must be properly refrigerated or frozen until preparation. If the placenta will not be processed until after 72 hours after delivery, then it should be placed in the back of the freezer where the temperature is most consistent.
Under What Circumstances Should I NOT Encapsulate?
There are very few reasons placenta encapsulation would not be recommended. You should NOT encapsulate your placenta if...
Can I encapsulate my placenta if I am Vegetarian/Vegan or if I have cesarian birth?
Yes, absolutely! The placenta is the only meat that comes from life. Placenta consumption is ethical and in observance with vegetarian and vegan philosophies. You are able to consent to the process, (animals are not) and no creature is harmed or killed. We also use 100% vegan capsules to make your pills.
Cesarian birth is definitely not a hindrance for placenta encapsulation! Please do not forget to speak with your health care provider so they know you plan to take your placenta home with you.
Only the PBi method of preparation is on file and documented with the FDA. Services offered here are not clinical, pharmaceutical, or intended to diagnose or treat any condition. Clients should be advised that they take full responsibility for their own health and for choosing to use placenta services.