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Nearly all mammals consume their placentas after giving birth. Although rare in American culture, an increasing number of mothers in the Twin Cities and around the country are consuming their placenta in capsule form.
Placenta Encapsulation Services include
- Pickup of your placenta at your place of birth and delivery of the capsules back to you within 24-72 hours. (Usually 24-48)
- Gently steaming, dehydrating, grinding and encapsulating your placenta for your consumption, or preparing your placenta using the raw method. I also offer half and half if both methods appeal to you.
- Cord Keepsake
- Providing all the information you need about the benefits of placenta encapsulation and my procedures.
- Placenta tinctures available for an added fee.
$195 for raw preparation or traditional preparation (TCM-inspired)
$210 for half of each method
$25 for a placenta tincture starter kit
Repeat Doula Clients Receive $20 off their package!
My Doula Clients receive further discounts
Now Offering Placenta Tincture Starter Kits
Want to enjoy the benefits of your placenta for longer than the early weeks after giving birth? You can extend the life of your placenta by having me start a placenta tincture for you. My "starter kit" includes: a raw piece of your placenta in a jar of vodka, a small funnel and coffee filter for eventual transfer into a tincture bottle, and a 2 oz tincture bottle. The cost for this is $25.
How it works:
When I prepare your placenta for encapsulation, I will cut off a small piece of placenta and put it in a jar of vodka. You will hold on to this jar for six weeks, swirling gently every day to help the tincture to process, and then after six weeks you can use the funnel and filter I provide to pour off the tincture into the smaller bottle for easy use. You can keep the original tincture going by adding more vodka (80-100 proof) and it will last indefinitely! Store both in a cool, dry place.
Then, use 7-10 drops of tincture in a small amount of water and take as needed. Mothers report it helps during times of stress, trauma, transition, menstruation, menopause and it can also be given to the child during challenging times, a few drops in a little water.
Anne’s Free Advice:
When in doubt, always plan to save your placenta. While it’s best to encapsulate a fresh placenta (one that is only a day or two old and has been refrigerated) you can also encapsulate a frozen placenta. Therefore, if you think there’s even a tiny chance you might want to do this, take your placenta home after your birth and put it in the freezer. That way, if your postpartum period isn’t going well and you feel like you need a boost, you can always decide to encapsulate your placenta weeks after the birth. If you don’t bring it home, it’s gone forever.
More about Placental Encapsulation
When you hire me to encapsulate your placenta, I take your placenta home after the birth, or coordinate with you to pick it up if you are not using my doula services, and convert it to approximately 100-200 capsules. These capsules are then taken orally by the mother in the weeks after the baby's birth. Some women save some of their capsules in the freezer for difficult times later in life, like weaning your nursling.
The placenta is an amazing organ your body grows for the sole purpose of nourishing your baby. It is full of natural oxytocins which are responsible for contracting the uterus and minimizing postpartum bleeding. It also contains hormones which have been shown to help in the relief of postpartum depression. Women who use placenta say it makes them feel nurtured. It is also believed to help increase milk supply and iron levels in the mother.
There are now many local birth professionals who offer Placental Encapsulation services. It can also be done by a friend or family member who might be willing to do this for you. DIY instructions can be found on my website, www.minnesotaplacenta.com.
I can use the Traditional Chinese Medicine-inspired (TCM) traditional method for preparing your placenta, in which the placenta is steamed, dehydrated, ground and put into capsules or the raw method where the placenta is not cooked before it is dehydrated, ground and encapsulated. With both methods the finished product is a jar of capsules with powder in them.
HOW DOES THE PROCESS WORK?
After the birth, you, your partner or your doula (if you have one) can call or text me to let me know the placenta is ready to be picked up. If it is the middle of the night, I ask that you wait until morning to get in touch with me. It is a good idea to bring a small cooler so the placenta can be put on ice until I can get there. A few hospitals have fridges in the room that can also be used for this purpose. You can even fill a plastic basin (from the hospital) with ice and keep it cold that way in a pinch! The hospital may have a bucket to use to put the placenta in, or you may wish to bring gallon-size ziploc bags (and double bag it please!). The red biohazard bags that hospitals sometimes use are probably best avoided because they may be chemical-laden and are not food-grade. The placenta should be put on ice within an hour of the birth. Then I come to your place of birth and pick it up as soon as I can. It takes 1-2 days to process, then I return the capsules to you, sometimes at the hospital, sometimes at your home just depending on timing.
Click HERE to view my Placenta Encapsulation Brochure. This brochure will help you decide whether the TCM-inspired or raw method is best for you. In addition, the brochure contains do-it-yourself instructions for placental encapsulation if you have a friend or family member willing to do this for you.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What steps do you take to ensure this process is safe?
I follow all universal protocols for dealing with the safe handling of blood borne pathogens. I have completed online blood-borne pathogen training and have previously been ServSafe certified (food handling safety). I take safety very seriously and only work on one placenta at a time. All equipment (pot, knife, etc.) is washed in hot, soapy water, then soaked in a 10% bleach solution, then washed again. I wear gloves of course and take great care that everything is as safe and clean as possible.
Where do you do this process?
I encapsulate in my home kitchen. This allows me to get the placenta back to you very quickly if you have a hospital birth and allows me to work in a kitchen I know is clean and sanitary. It also keeps the smell (which some find unpleasant) out of your home!
How much experience do you have?
I have encapsulated roughly 200 placentas since 2011. I continue to learn and research to make sure I am providing the best and safest service possible. I have personally trained over half a dozen local birth professionals who now offer this service as well. Working with placentas is a passion of mine!
Can I still encapsulate my placenta if...
There are very few reasons that you cannot encapsulate. You *can* still encapsulate if you: have an epidural, have a c-section, there is meconium present (baby's first poop), you are Group B strep positive, and more. The biggest thing that can happen that would render the placenta unsafe is a uterine infection called chorioamnionitis. Additionally, if your provider wants to send your placenta to pathology for any reason, you can ask that they 1) just send a piece instead of all of it, or 2) send it all but make sure it is refrigerated and NOT treated with ANY chemicals. It must be very clearly labeled in this case. Any treatment with any chemicals at this point will render the placenta useless. We can wait to encapsulate until test results come back, or I can do the process immediately but you can wait to take them until you know the results of any tests. This scenario is very rare.
Is there any research on placenta encapsulation?
Not much. You will find some interesting information HERE. There is research ongoing and I'm hopeful that soon we will have a better understanding of this process, and start to be able to scientifically show how and why it seems to help so many women who try it!