Monday, November 7, 2011

What to do With Your Placenta After Birth

After your placenta has arrived, and you caregiver is done checking it over, it is important to get the plancenta on ice. If birthing in hospital it is a good idea to bring 2 large ziploc bags and a cooler. Put one bag inside the other, then place the placenta inside, then into the cooler. The hospital will have ice for you to fill the cooler. If you have forgotten your cooler and bags, the nurses will provide you with a biohazard bag, request two and place ice in the outside bag and the placenta in the inside bag. This should happen no less than 2 hours after birth.

If having a homebirth, have someone put the placenta in a container with a lid (ice cream bucket works well) and into the fridge, also should happen within two hours.

Call as soon as you can after birth, and if the birth is at night, call the next morning.

Much Love

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Placenta Encapsulation

What is Placenta Encapsulation?

Placenta Encapsulation is a unique form of placentophagy, or placental consumption, where within a few days of birth the placenta is dehydrated, ground into a fine powder, and placed in capsules for personal use.

What are the benefits?

The placenta is full of hormones and nutrients believed to aid in recovery after childbirth. It can help restore blood iron levels, boost breastmilk supply, help the uterus return to it's pre-pregnancy size, increase energy, and help ward the "Baby Blues" and Postpartum Depression.

How is it prepared?

We use what is known as the "Raw Method" of encapsulation. We dehydrate the placenta from its raw form, to preserve as many of the nutrients as possible. Then it is ground into a fine powder and placed in gelatin capsules.

How many capsules will you get?

Because each placenta is unique in size, the isn't a preset quantity. The average placenta, however, yields approximately 100 capsules in size "00".

Where is it prepared?

We offer both in-home and remote services for your comfort and convenience.

What is the cost?

We charge $180.00, which includes:

  • Pick up of placenta from place of birth
  • Encapsulating the placenta
  • capsules in a bottle with instructions
  • placenta tincture that will last indefinitely
  • umbilical keepsake in the shape of a heart or babes first initial
  • We also offer a print of your placenta if requested.
*Reduced rate for clients who transport placenta to place of encapsulation.

**Please note, the price is flexible, this is a service all women should have available to them, regardless of their income.

We have successfully completed the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Certification for Doulas and Placenta Encapsulators.  The utmost care is used when preparing your placenta in a completely sanitized environment following OSHA's guidelines.
Please contact Marissa Dean for more info: