Your baby's placenta, contained in capsule form, is believed to:
contain your own natural hormones
be perfectly made for you
balance your system
replenish depleted iron
give you more energy
lessen bleeding postnatally
been shown to increase milk production
help you have a happier postpartum period
hasten return of uterus to pre-pregnancy state
be helpful during menopause
How Does it Work?
It takes two days and is done in your home. I bring all the supplies necessary.
1st Day: 4-5 hours
Clean the placenta
Steam the placenta
Cut up the placenta and put it into dehydrator (on timer - you don't have to worry about it)
Leave you with a clean kitchen
2nd Day: 3-4 hours
Grind up dehydrated placenta
Place placenta powder into pills
Leave you with a bottle of pills and a clean kitchen
What Does it Cost?
Total cost: $235
$85 deposit (non-refundable). This puts you on my calendar and pays for the supplies necessary.
A fee of $150 is due once your pills are delivered.
Doula clients receive a $20 discount.
An additional fee of $10 will be charged if you have twins (for the 2nd placenta).
If you live more than 35 miles from me, a gas fee will be added. I charge a gas fee instead of a mileage fee because it is less expensive for the client (mileage reimbursement is $0.54 per mile).
If you want a placenta print - extra $10 (picture below)
Why use a Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialists?
Follow strict OSHA guidelines
Trained in Food Safety Handling
Certified in the steamed and dehydrated method of placenta encapsulation
Answer your questions
Give full postpartum support
If I have a medicated birth or caesarean section can I still use my placenta for encapsulation and/or other placenta remedies?
Yes, you can still use your placenta if you have a caesarean birth as long as your placenta has not been sent to pathology. If you are on any other type of medication during your pregnancy I ask you to seek advice from your consultant before deciding on placenta encapsulation.
What if I am Strep-B positive or have a uterine or placental infection and need antibiotics, will I still be able to use my placenta?
Strep-B, GBS infection is not cause to throw away your placenta. You can still encapsulate. If you have tested positive or are suspected of having a uterine or placental infection, I advise you do not consume your placenta.
What if I give birth prematurely?
Premature births are often associated with problems in pregnancy. As long as your placenta is examined and cleared from any type of abnormality after birth your placenta is suitable for consumption.
How many capsules will my placenta provide?
Normal size placentas usually provide 100-150 capsules. Sometimes placentas are small and provide 80 and sometimes they are large and provide over 150. The most capsules from a single placenta, I have seen, is 185.
I want to donate my baby’s cord blood. Will I still be able to have my placenta made into capsules?
Yes, you can do both. We advise parents to ensure their midwife or doctor knows you are planning on both consuming your placenta and banking cord blood. The placenta should be put into a separate container from the umbilical cord.
Are there any circumstances when it would not be possible to use the placenta for encapsulation?
Yes, if your placenta has been sent to pathology in hospital for any reason we do not recommend you consume your placenta because it may have been contaminated while in the pathology department.
If you have HIV or Hep A, B or C, you cannot encapsulate your placenta, for the safety of you and others.
I also do not recommend using your placenta for encapsulation if your placenta has not been stored properly after birth. It needs to be refrigerated after birth.
How do I store my placenta safely after birth?
Your placenta should be put into a clean and sterile container immediately after cord cutting and stored in a refrigerator. Most hospitals provide the container and have a fridge to store the placenta until you go home. When you go home you need to put the placenta on ice in a cooler for the ride home, and then into your refrigerator.
I’ve heard the placenta is full of waste and may contain toxins, is this true?
Your placenta acts as a life supply for your baby during pregnancy and if it were full of toxins this would make a very dangerous organ for your baby to be fed from, therefore it is not possible for the placenta to be ‘full of waste’. The placenta acted as a gateway for nutrient supply to your baby and waste from your baby to be passed back to your body to be filtered through your organs. There are small amounts of heavy metals in the placenta however it is scientifically proven that these levels are no grater than normal levels of heavy metals found in the body and in mothers colostrum and breast milk. Source 1Source 2
How long can I store my placenta in the fridge or freezer for before using it?
I always advise mothers to make use of their placenta sooner rather than later. However if circumstances arise where this preparation cannot take place within 3 days after birth, placentas are only safe to be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days and must then be transferred to the home freezer. The placenta should be thawed thoroughly in the fridge only for 24-36 hours before encapsulating or making any other remedy.
As soon as I have given birth can I keep my placenta and decide to have it encapsulated later?
Yes, of course, however nature has intended for your placenta to be consumed as soon as possible after birth, so I believe ‘the sooner the better’. I advise you read the storage guidelines above. Keep your placenta below 8 degrees C after birth using ice packs and cooler bag for no longer than 12 hours and transfer the placenta to a safe refrigerator as soon as possible. You can also store your placenta in the freezer for up to 3 months and still benefit from remedies.
Can I still get my placenta encapsulated if there is meconium present in my water?
Yes. Meconium is sterile, it does not contain fecal bacteria that normal stool does. Meconium is dangerous for the infant to inhale, but is otherwise harmless. Additionally, your placenta is thoroughly washed before encapsulation preparation. Where do I store my placenta pills?
In your fridge or freezer. They cannot be stored on a counter or cabinet.
If I have twins, can I get both placentas encapsulated?
Yes! I am happy to encapsulate both. I only ask for $10 extra for the second placenta - just to cover the cost of the pills. It also adds about 1 hour to each day.
Pills, dosage directions and umbilical cord keepsake
An umbilical cord keepsake - dehydrated with placenta