I use the technique inspirated by the Traditional Chinese Medicine method of preparation which involves cleaning the placenta, gently steaming the placenta with fresh organic ginger, lemon & Chili pepper and then dehydrating the placenta before it is put into capsules. Using this preparation is thought to bring out the placentas healing and tonifying properties as well as warming and healing the uterus.
I use only vegan capsules that do not contain gelatin. After the encapsulation process is completed placenta capsules will be placed in a dark, sealed jar and should be kept dry. It is recommended that placenta capsules be refrigerated for maximum freshness and for long term storage they should be kept in the freezer. Placenta capsules may be taken directly from the refrigerator/freezer.
A reiki-infused white candle will be burning throughout the process of encapsulating your placenta - it is done with intention and purpose and it is not taken lightly. I hold the space for your highest good during the whole procedure. Snatam Kaur's Mother's Blessing is playing throughout each step. You will receive the remaining candle as a reminder of the process as a keepsake & reminder of this amazing gift.
All Encapsulation Services Include:
The cost is $250.00
* $25 discount if you drop off placenta and pick up from me (North Haledon, NJ)
“All patients were given desiccated placenta prepared as previously described (C.A. II, 2492) in doses of 10 grains in a capsule 3 times a day. Only those mothers were chosen for the study whose parturition was normal and only the weights of those infants were recorded whose soul source of nourishment was mothers milk. The growth of 177 infants was studied. The rate of growth is increased by the ingestion of placenta by the mother… the maternal ingestion of dried placenta tissue so stimulates the tissues of the infants feeding on the milk produced during this time, that unit weight is able to add on greater increments of matter, from day to day, than can unit weight of infants feeding on milk from mothers not ingesting this substance.” Hammett, Frederick. S. 1918. The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 36. American Society of Biological Chemists, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, original press: Harvard University
September 2005, Ben L. Pfeifer, M.D., PhD, Professor and Director of Clinical Research AESKULAP HOSPITAL,BRUNNEN, SWITZERLAND Source
The American journal of obstetrics and diseases of women and children
"It has been shown that the feeding of desiccated placenta to women during the first eleven days after parturition causes an increase in the protein and lactose percent of the milk... All the mothers were receiving the same diet, and to the second set 0.6mg of desiccated placenta was fed three times a day throughout the period. Certain definite differences in the progress of growth of the two sets of infants are to be observed. It is evident that the recovery from the postnatal decline in weight is hastened by the consumption of milk produced under the influence of maternally ingested placenta." McNeile, Lyle G. 1918. The American journal of obstetrics and diseases of women and children, 77. W.A. Townsend & Adams, original press: University of Michigan.
What is Placenta Encapsulation?
There are many ways to benefit from your placenta after birth and all are equally spiritual
and physically supportive to the new mother and her newborn.
The most modern and uninvasive way to consume the placenta is in capsule form - also known
as placenta encapsulation. I worked with several midwives and studied various ways to
encapsulate placentas. The method I follow is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
technique where the placenta is considered a powerful and sacred medicine. TCM holds
the placenta as a ‘full of life force’ organ offering those who consume it ‘jing’ energy
only obtainable at birth. Placenta remedies are an important part of birthing history.
Enjoying a raw placenta smoothie made with fresh organic berry fruits or whichever you choose,
as soon as possible after birth is the most natural way of consuming the placenta.
Raw placenta smoothies may help stop post-partum haemorrhaging and give the
body an immediate boost of hormones, protein and iron much needed following
birth to slow bleeding and encourage milk production.
What supplies do you use and how are they sterilized?
All of my supplies are either stainless s teel, glass or food grade plastic. Each piece is thoroughly washed with soap and hot water and then sanitized in a bleach solution. I follow the guidelines set forth by the New Jersey Food Handlers Safety regulations and the EPA, I am certified by
OSHA in Blood Borne Pathogens & I use 100% vegan capsules.
What is my responsibility during this process?
I feel it's best if you discuss your plans to keep your placenta with your care provider - this needs to done before our contract is signed. . Most hospitals and birth centers in our area are cooperative, but some are more "placenta-friendly" than others, even offering a container for removal. After you deliver your baby & your placenta is birthed, it is your job to make sure it does not leave your sight.
I also ask that you bring a labeled zip-lock bag and a cooler to your birthing place with you. If I am your birth doula, I provide the cooler - if I take the cooler with me for transport, I will return the cooler when I bring the pills back to you.
How should we handle the placenta after birth?
At a home birth, your midwife will know what to do and she will probably double bag it in a zipbag and then store it in your refrigerator. As long as we make arrangements for pick-up within 48 hours, it can remain in your fridge.If you are birthing in a hospital, you must make sure that the placenta does not leave your sight, and make sure your nurses know that it cannot be treated with any chemicals. You will have the nurses place it in a zip-lock bag and then into your cooler with ice until I am able to collect it from you.
How long does the process take?
Generally I am able to pick up your placenta within twelve hours of your birth. I take it home and store it in my separate refrigerator until I begin preparing it for dehydration. Typically, your placenta will dehydrate overnight and I will have it in pill form and ready for you sometime that morning. Most times, you have your pills back to you by the end of day two postpartum.
Am I allowed to take my placenta?
Yes. The placenta is yours to take and do with as you wish. There are no state mandated regulations regarding placenta release in New Jersey. If your hospital does not have a specific policy, they typically have a policy regarding "products of conception". And in many cases, the nurses and midwives are more than happy to help you take possession of your placenta, even when there is no policy at all.
How long will my pills last?
Your pills are like any other herbal supplement -- their potency decreases over time. Your pills should be stored in a cool, dry place for about six weeks and any remaining pills should be stored in the freezer. They should be used within two years.
How far will you travel?
I will travel for placenta pick up and delivery within approximately a 90-minute range of my home in North Haledon. I charge a one time travel related expense fee of $25-$75 for travel outside of a 90 mile radius or 90 minutes outside of my address. Clients are also asked to cover any tolls or parking fees related to pick up and delivery. Clients do have the option of dropping off the placenta and picking up the pills to and from me at home home. There is a $25 discount when this option is chosen.
How did you learn to do this?
I first learned of Placenta Encapsulation during one of my first Midwifery Today Workshops many years ago - I attended a seminar from placenta expert Patrica Edmunds. After that placentas kept popping up -next was from a colleague while at The Farm with Ina May Gaskin during my Midwifery Assistant Workshop - one of the women had taken a course in encapsulation and she was so excited to share the benefits and news of placenta encapsulation. When I returned it felt like serendipity - the very next birth that I attended as an apprentice, the mom wanted her placenta encapsulated. I was taught by my amazing midwife to encapsulate the mother's placenta in the oven. I have since read anything I could get my hands on about placentas including Robin Lims The Forgotten Chakra book which talks about the spiritual element of the process.
I am certified with OSHA for Blood Borne Pathogens -
I also offer Placenta prints & Tinctures.
Rituals during the process...