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Placenta Encapsulation


The placenta is a magical organ that develops from the same sperm and egg cells that form your baby. It contains your own natural hormones and is perfectly made for you, by you. Experts agree that the placenta retains hormones. Reintroducing them to your system after birth is believed to ease postpartum and menopausal hormonal fluctuations.

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

•    Increase milk production

•    Help you have a happier postpartum period

•    Hasten return of uterus to pre-pregnancy state

•    Be helpful during menopause

There are many ways to prepare your placenta for ingestion. There are various recipes available for smoothies, and some women simply eat it raw. The only issue with these methods is that you have a very small window of time to reap the benefits. In order to get the full benefits, the best way to ingest the placenta is to encapsulate it. The placenta can be dried, ground, and encapsulated. The capsules can then be taken daily for a number of weeks. This method allows you to enjoy the healthful benefits of placenta quickly, with the utmost discretion and with very little effort, and the capsules will last indefinitely (for years). You only get one placenta, encapsulation allows you to get the most out of this rare and precious gift. When the placenta is dried, ground and encapsulated, and when properly stored, the capsules can be used for weeks.  When you have recovered from childbirth, you can even freeze the capsules and save them for menopause.

I treat the placenta as sacred, and focus on honoring the work it has done to nourish your baby, while preparing it to continue its work nourishing you.

Ideally, the placenta is encapsulated within 48 hours after the birth.  While you bond with your new baby, I will come to you and take care of your placenta in your own home.  I am basically “on call” for you and will make every effort to come to your home within the 48-hour time frame to begin the encapsulation.

Encapsulation is a two day process. During the first visit, I spend about 2 hours preparing the placenta for the drying phase, then leave the placenta drying overnight in the dehydrator. On the second visit, I complete the encapsulation process by grounding the dried placenta and encapsulating the powder. This part can take 2-4 hours. Once the process is complete you can begin taking the capsules right away for maximum postpartum benefits.

*Women who give birth at home have the luxury of being in complete control over the care and handling of their baby’s placenta. A woman who births in a hospital has to adhere to the guidelines and policies in place at their facility of choice. In some cases, there is no written policy, and mothers are then subjected to the whim of the staff on duty at the time they deliver. If you want to take your placenta home after its birth, you must have a plan before you walk through the doors in labor. Your chance of success will increase greatly.

If you are birthing at home or at a Birth Center, you will need to refrigerate your placenta in double ziplock bags by 3 hours postpartum. Placentas that have been properly frozen (double-bagged and protected from freezer-burn) can also be encapsulated up to 6 months after the birth.
Once your placenta has been bagged and refrigerated, you will need to contact me shortly so I can start the process as quick as possible and you can start your placenta medicine soon after giving birth.

The average placenta provides about 125 pills.  The number of pills available will vary depending on the size of your placenta (women have reported as little as 50 and as many as 200).

The fee for placenta encapsulation is  $200.00

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