Methods of Preparation
Traditional Chinese Method - $300
The placenta is first steamed with ginger, peppers and lemon (these are not encapsulated with the placenta). Afterwards, it is thinly sliced and dehydrated overnight. Then the placenta is powdered and placed into vegetarian capsules.
Raw & Dehydrated Method - $300
The placenta is washed, thinly sliced and dehydrated at 115˚. Then the placenta is powdered and placed into vegetarian capsules.
Additional Placenta Products
Placenta Tincture - $20
Placenta Tincture is made from a piece of the mother’s own raw placenta after birth, steeping in alcohol making a strong remedy over 6 weeks. It is said that placenta tincture is used for emotional, mental and psychological instability and may also be very beneficial for treating PMS and menopause.
Placenta Salve - $5
I use a base of organic oils and organic beeswax and infuse with a blend of organic herbs and some of your prepared placenta powder. Once the oils have been infused with the herbs and placenta, I carefully strain the solids and place your salve in a 4oz tin.
How many capsules will I receive?
The amount of capsules varies from placenta to placenta. It will depend on the size of your placenta, as well as the method chosen. You can expect anywhere from 80 capsules to upwards of 200+. Traditional Method tends to yield less capsules due to the steaming process. Most women will receive enough capsules to last between 4 – 8 weeks postpartum.
What if I have a c-section?
You can still encapsulate even if you have a cesarean. Be sure to tell your provider, include it in your birth plan, and have your partner or doula advocate for you to take your placenta home.
When is consumption not recommended?
If there was an infection during birth, it's not recommended that the client consume their placenta. In most cases, if there is any suspicion that the placenta is infected, it will be sent to pathology for further testing. If the placenta is sent to pathology, or taken out of your sight at any time, it's not recommended to consume the placenta. Instead, ask if a piece of the placenta can be tested, while the rest is stored properly. If an infection is not detected, the rest of the placenta will be safe for consumption.
Improper storage of the placenta after birth must be taken seriously to ensure safe handling and avoid spoilage. If refrigeration is not available, the client is advised to bring a cooler to keep the placenta on ice until arrangements can be made to get the placenta to the specialist.
What is the difference between the two methods?
Is there any time I shouldn't take my capsules?
According to the TCM principles of using placenta, it is recommended that the capsules are not taken if the mother is experiencing symptoms of an infection, fever, cold/flu, including mastitis.
This is due to the energetics of the placenta being ‘warming and ascending’. It is viewed that adding this energy onto an already ‘warm’ condition is thought to worsen the symptoms and delay the re-balancing of homeostasis.
What is the process time?
Turn around time is typically 48-72 hours.
Isn't the placenta a filter and filled with toxins?
The placenta is a facilitator organ designed to transfer oxygen and nutrients to the baby, therefore it is nutrient rich. It functions similarly to lungs as an exchange/transfer organ and is not a toxic filter, like the liver or kidneys.
The metabolic toxins from the baby are sent back via the placenta to the mother’s liver to be detoxified from her system. The placenta does prevent some toxins from passing through to the baby but they are not stored in the placenta.
What are some possible benefits from consuming your placenta?
Increased oxytocin, which helps the uterus return to normal size and encourages bonding with the infant
Increase in CRH, a stress-reducing hormone
A decrease in post-partum depression levels
Restoration of iron levels in the blood
Increase in milk production
Data, in a small study, has demonstrated that following the preparation process, hormones do remain present in placentas. Researchers have found that levels of both progesterone and estradiol are present at high enough levels that they could cause physiological effects when consumed. According to the American Pregnancy Association, placenta encapsulation has demonstrated to assist with mood stabilization through supplementing oxytocin levels. Additionally, this suggests that placenta encapsulation has a potential regulatory effect on postpartum hormones, which can affect both postpartum mood and milk supply.
I want you to encapsulate my placenta! What's the next step?
I am currently only encapsulating for my current doula clients. If you are a current client, reach out to me to add on placenta services. If you are a prospective client, let me know that you're interested in adding encapsulation to the doula package you choose.