“What if someone told you that they made a single supplement that could prevent postpartum depression, made sure you had enough breast milk for your new baby, hurried you along the post-birth healing process, gave you plenty of energy, built back your blood supply and iron count, and gave you and your baby just the right nutritional and hormonal support for the first month after birth? Would you be interested?

Well, nearly every new mother can have the opportunity to experience a great postpartum, by using one simple resource. The placenta.” — Jennifer L. West, Midwife

You only get one chance to encapsulate your placenta so you want to ensure it is done properly and safely.

Your health and safety is our top priority.  The disinfecting solution, Accel CS20, breaks down into water and oxygen leaving no active ingredient residue.

Methods of preparation for placenta encapsulation:  TCM (steamed) Method and Raw Method.

The fees for Placenta Encapsulation packages are on the ‘Fees’ page.

TCM Method/steamed (Traditional Chinese Medicine Inspired)

The hallmark of this method is gently steaming the placenta over water with with lemon and ginger (or just basic steam without any additions if requested). In TCM theory, the process of labor and birth leaves a lot of open, empty space, which is considered very Yin, or cold. Therefore, one major way we can promote healing during the postpartum period is to add Yang energy via heat. Adding the herbs to the steaming process is thought to bring out the placenta’s natural healing properties. Lemon is thought of as an antiseptic and helps to distribute the placenta throughout the body. Ginger is warming and thought to lend its properties to the placenta. The ginger specifically acts as a facilitator for vital energy, or Qi, and good blood flow. The heated method is believed to have tonifying, healing, and warming properties. If your placenta has been previously frozen, this is always the method of choice.

Raw Foods Method

The Raw method is often used for clients who adhere to a Raw Food diet, which is based around the idea that heat destroys vital enzymes in food. All food preparation is restricted to temperatures 118°F or less. This method of preparing the placenta for encapsulation skips the steaming process altogether. This process is only used within the first 48 hours after birth to ensure freshness. Using the raw encapsulation method provides a burst of energy up front but does not often offer the longer, tonifying benefits of heated method which is more of a slow release. Some indications for choosing gentle encapsulation would be: long labor, postpartum hemorrhage or history of it, desire to increase breast milk and energy immediately postpartum.

Which method is right for me?

Both methods will provide the same benefits, just in different ways.  If you have a history or depression, anxiety or other mood imbalance, the Heated Method would be appropriate.  The step of steaming of the placenta is thought to ‘tone down’ the hormonal effects of the placenta and the mother would experience the benefits more gradually and for a longer period of time.  If there are no concerns about previous mood imbalance, anxiety, or insomnia, either method would be beneficial  Choosing a method of preparation really comes down to what feels right for you.    If you have questions and would like to talk this through over the phone, please feel free to give me a ring.  If you’d prefer to email me, that works too.

Additional Services:

Mother Tincture

A placenta tincture is a wonderful way to preserve a small portion for long term benefits. This is the only method that is sure to last a lifetime. A small thumbnail sized amount of the placenta is fermented in a dropper bottle for at least 6 weeks in 100 proof alcohol and can then be used to balance hormones during menopause years later. Another option, is to you use it for the biological daughter of the placenta down the road to help her adjust to her ever changing hormones when she begins puberty. Lastly it can also be used as an aide for teething babies, transitional periods, and to boost immune system. (boy or girl after 6 months)

Placenta Prints

The placenta is referred to as the ‘tree of life’ and is unique to only you, as no placenta is the same. The placenta prints are made with the natural placenta blood before washing and preparing the placenta. These beautiful keepsakes can be provided for a small additional fee.