By now, most everyone who's pregnant has heard of placenta encapsulation. If you're here, it's pretty likely you've already heard of it, too! Perhaps you have a friend or loved one who encapsulated, and they urged you to look into it. Or maybe you've heard about it through the grapevine and you're a little curious. But in case you're not up to speed...
A Little Background...
Documentation of the use of the placenta postpartum is historically a little spotty - we don't really have a ton of great resources for the use of the placenta within a deep historical context. But we do know that there are some cultures who have notated various medicinal uses for the placenta in the past. In more recent history, there has been a surge of pregnant people who have begun consuming their placentas after birth in hopes of having a better recovery, staving off postpartum depression and increasing milk supply. (After all, we are one of the very few mammals who don't routinely consume their placenta).
So, does it work?
We have limited "scientific data" to back up claims that placenta consumption has positive benefits, aka double blind studies, clinical trials, etc. However, we do have a substantial amount of survey data that shows that around 95% of people report a positive or very positive experience with encapsulation! And only 1% of those surveyed report a non-positive experience.
What are the TOP benefits people report from consuming their placentas?
Better Healing & Recovery
Greater Milk Supply
Feeling More Balanced
Overall More Positive Postpartum Experience
What do placenta encapsulation services entail?
As your placenta encapsulation specialist, my role is to prepare your placenta into a more easily consumable form. The most common way that people consume their placentas these days is in pill form, although there are many ways to prepare and consume a placenta. You can read more about the various preparation methods below...
The service I provide includes pickup of your placenta from your birth location, preparation of your placenta in your preferred method, and delivery of your prepared placenta products back to you as soon as they are ready. I go on-call for you until your baby and placenta are born. As soon as the birth has occurred, someone at your birth will notify me and I will pick up your placenta ASAP for processing.
Choose one encapsulation preparation method...
Half Steamed/half Raw...........$280
Whole placenta smoothies...$250
Loose placenta powder...........$200
Choose as many optional add-on placenta services as you like...
Placenta smoothie cubes (one to two week supply)..........................$30
Placenta tincture, 4oz.................$30
Placenta salve, 4oz.......................$30
Umbilical cord keepsake............free
Postpartum belly binding .........$75
Learn more about each of the services offered.
Steamed Encapsulation: This method of preparing the placenta for encapsulation involves gently steaming the placenta before dehydration. Gently steaming the placenta is a process that brings warmth back to the placenta, and thus back to the mother, to restore balance. Steamed placenta is believed to have tonifying, healing, and warming properties. If your placenta has been frozen, this is always the method of choice.
Raw Encapsulation: This method of preparing the placenta for encapsulation skips the steaming process and the placenta goes straight to dehydration while still “raw.” This process is only used within the first 48 hours after the birth to ensure freshness. It can be combined with the Steamed method so you receive half Raw and half Steamed. Some people choose this method because they believe the steaming process destroys some of the nutrients. Past clients who have chosen the Raw method report more energy postpartum.
Half Steamed, Half Raw Encapsulation: Interested in exploring the benefits of both Steamed and Raw? With this option, half of your placenta is prepared Raw for encapsulated and half is prepared Steamed for encapsulation. It is recommended to take your Raw placenta capsules first to reduce postpartum bleeding and for increased energy up front, followed by the Steamed placenta capsules for the longer, tonifying benefits.
Whole Placenta Smoothies: This is a great option for those who only want to have placenta smoothies. Your placenta is prepared raw into individually wrapped, frozen placenta cubes to add to smoothies. Anytime you need a raw placenta boost, blend your smoothie with a placenta cube! The number of frozen cubes depends on the size of your placenta. *This method does not involve capsules.*
Loose Placenta Powder: Not a fan of swallowing pills? Loose placenta powder is great for adding to smoothies and food!
Add-On Placenta Services...
Placenta Smoothies, 12 Cubes: This add-on service provides you with individually wrapped, frozen placenta cubes for 6-12 days worth of smoothies (one to two smoothies per day).
Placenta Tincture, 4oz: The placenta tincture is another way to reap the physical benefits from the placenta besides capsule form. Tinctures are mainly meant for energy, transition, stress, and hormone stabilization. They are great for returning menstrual cycles, menopause, and even the puberty of your daughter(s). Relatives on the maternal line of the birthing mom can also benefit from the tincture as it has an almost indefinite shelf life if stored properly. The tincture is made from a thumbnail size piece of raw placenta and high-grade alcohol, steeped for 6 weeks postpartum and then strained. It is stored in a 4oz dropper bottle.
Placenta Salve, 4oz: The placenta salve has many uses. It is used to heal the Cesarean section incision after the wound is closed and to reduce scarring, itching and discomfort. The salve can also be used as soon as 3 days postpartum for mom and baby to soothe hemorrhoids, perineal tears, diaper rash, eczema, sun burns, skin irritations, sore nipples, as an intensive moisturizer and for general healing & skin care. The placenta salve is a blend of organic coconut oil, almond oil, beeswax, olive oil infused with calendula, olive oil infused with comfrey, olive oil infused with plantain and lavender essential oil.
Placenta Prints, Umbilical Cord Keepsake: Placenta prints and cord keepsakes are a great way to commemorate the beauty of the placenta and to honor the special role it played in your baby's growth and development. These add-on services are free with any other placenta services. Placenta prints are made paint-free on watercolor paper. The umbilical cord is preserved as a heart-shaped keepsake.
*NEW* Belly Binding Placenta Encapsulation Add-On: Did you know that you can select postpartum belly binding as an add-on to your placenta encapsulation services with Courtney and receive a $25 discount on belly binding (normally $100)? If you're interested in both services and want in on the deal, be sure to select Belly Binding as one of your add-on placenta encapsulation services! Hop over to the Postpartum Belly Binding page to learn more about belly binding services.
"I had an incredible new mom experience - with a great milk supply, high energy level and generally just felt happy. I was worried from what some of my friends had told me would be the hardest months of my life - but I enjoyed every minute and I know these pills helped."
"It was definitely worth the cost! If I have another baby I would definitely do it again. My pills helped my postpartum bleeding, overall healing, and energy! I always knew when it was time to take my next dose, and after I took it I would feel better within an hour or so!"
"I really appreciated your explanation of the placenta encapsulation process and the precautions you take to prevent contamination. I feel like it gave me a really good start on being able to heal and take care of my baby and myself. I'm glad I decided to encapsulate my placenta and I'm telling all of my pregnant friends about it!"