Hundreds of blue glass jars of placenta capsules to date, lovingly prepared by me! Hundreds who have enjoyed the benefits of their placenta capsules and tincture. Balance, energy, packed with iron and replenishing hormones, new parents want the jar to be bottomless! One mama looked forward to her next pregnancy in part because she knew she’d get more capsules! And she did get pregnant again…with twins – placentapalooza!
Be they carnivores, herbivores or omnivores, almost all mammals ingest their placenta(s) soon after birth. A few exceptions are marsupial mammals and some of those who dwell in the water. As well, camels are a rare exception…and you know how cranky they are!
For thousands of years the iron-rich placenta has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to enhance postpartum wellbeing. Studies have clearly shown the efficacy of ingesting the placenta (called placentophagia) to balance moods, decrease postpartum fatigue (and therefore the possibility of depression) and often to increase energy, milk supply and the general feeling of wellbeing. I’m amazed at the different “personalities” and the varied responses to processing that each placenta presents.
I am one of the first Bay Area Placenta Encapsulation Specialists trained through Placenta Benefits Info.. The training incorporates different modules of study and testing. We are trained in and required to follow specific OSHA standards regarding sterilization procedures, and must study and pass the State Food Handlers’ Safety test each year. I also trained in Sterile Technique and took Bloodborne Pathogens training while working for seven years as an EMT in a trauma center in Illinois. In fact, in my preparation, cleaning and disinfecting I go beyond OSHA standards so as to provide extra protection for all.
I will process your placenta and provide valuable capsules (with or without tincture) that you typically begin taking on Day three or four postpartum (once your breastmilk is fully in) to aid in your postpartum recovery. You can choose one of two methods of preparation (or a combination of these two for an additional fee).
The more common Traditional Chinese Medicine process, involves steaming, dehydrating and grinding the placenta into a powder that I put into vegetarian capsules. Ginger and myrrh are added to the water and infused through the maternal side of the placenta in the steaming process. The ginger and myrrh add warming and tonifying support. TCM believes birth leaves an open/cool space and therefore uses steaming as a way of adding warm Yang energy. In addition, TCM teaches that no “raw/cool” food should be consumed in the early weeks of postpartum recovery. Placenta is considered a cool food unless it is steamed. Approximately 99% of my clients choose the TCM version of preparation.
The Raw method is commonly used for those who strictly adhere to a raw diet for all of their foods. Many who choose a raw diet believe that heat destroys some of the vital enzymes in food. If the raw method is chosen placenta preparation is restricted to dehydrator temperatures below 118 degrees F. In the case of placenta, some argue that the Raw method also yields a capsule with more hormones and nutrients than the TCM method. This version of processing involves preparing the raw placenta and moving straight to dehydrating, skipping the steaming altogether.
You may choose half & half TCM and Raw processing for an additional fee. You will receive two separate labeled jars of capsules on delivery.
Another option for your wellbeing postpartum and beyond is to have a portion of placenta made into a tincture that can be used as a potent “refresher” long after your capsules are gone. Placenta tincture is used for helping balance hormonal needs from postpartum to anxiety to PMS to menopause. The placenta tincture is made by processing, immersing and letting steep part of the fresh placenta in grain alcohol for approximately 30 days. This remedy is stored in a glass dropper bottle in a cool dark environment, uninterrupted until three days before it is ready for the final process of “disrupting” the mixture once more before the final settling. The finished product is made by straining off the placenta solids, and then bottling. What remains is a very potent almost clear tincture of placenta in a dark glass bottle with a dropper. Suggested dosage is 10-40 drops in water two to three times a day or as needed. If kept properly in an airtight container in a cool dry place, your tincture should last indefinitely.
If you’d like a free blood print of your placenta, often referred to as “the Tree of Life” I will make one for you. You may also choose an original framed painting of your blood print (watercolor and ink). Although almost always possible, there are circumstances whereby a placenta print/painting are not possible. These include (but are not limited to) placentas that have been frozen or sent to hospital Pathology. I often paint based on the interests of the mother/birthgiver. Look deeply into the images of my placenta paintings. Who/what do you see?
Capsules, TCM or Raw: $250
1/2 & 1/2, TCM and Raw: Additional $50
Tincture $100 (takes approx. 4 weeks)
Blood print painted and framed Additional $350 (allow six weeks)
A travel fee of $50 (total) is added for round-trip distances over 25 round-trip miles (from my home to yours/hospital). This fee covers tolls, fuel, time, etc. Each placenta processed requires at least two round trips, three if tincture is ordered as well.
Once you have provided some simple information for me, all you will need to do is take a cooler and some large Ziplock-Type bags (for ice) with you if you are delivering away from home. Then, contact me when you are in labor and then again once your baby has been born. At that point we’ll make a plan regarding the timing of pick up. I am often able to come right away to you. Depending on my other responsibilities it may take a bit longer to come to you. Either way, the sooner I know that baby has arrived, the sooner I’ll be able to get to you.
Here are a couple of comments from recent placenta clients:
“I noticed a subtle calm/balance that I never felt after my first baby was born.” – Meg
“No more deep dark feelings…I am so relieved!” – Kate
“She recovered faster than I did!” – Jake
“…a gentle warming of both my body and my moods.” – Mel
“I wish she’d ordered and enjoyed the benefits of these capsules the first time around!” – Dave
The amazing placenta…made by you, for you!
In the unlikely event I am unexpectedly away at the time of your birth (life happens), my back-up placenta encapsulation specialist will provide services in my absence. My back-up is an East Bay birth professional with whom I have worked for several years.
The information on this page has not been evaluated by the FDA. My placenta encapsulation services are not clinical, pharmaceutical, or intended to diagnose or treat any specific condition. If you choose the ingest your placenta in capsule or other form, you take full responsibility for your health and for researching and making use of the remedies provided.