Placenta Capsules

Placenta Capsules

"Like a lot of people, I thought the idea of placenta encapsulation was a little odd...but I decided I had nothing to lose!"--Aimee (read Aimee's full story here)

I offer 3 methods of placenta encapsulation for both my doula clients and for women with other doula or no doula support.

Heated Method: This method of preparation involves cleaning the placenta with apple cider vinegar, gently heating the placenta with fresh ginger and lemon, and then dehydrating it before it is ground into powder and put into gel capsules. Using this preparation is thought to bring out the placenta’s healing and tonifying properties, as well as warming and healing the uterus. The ginger encourages blood flow to the areas of the body that need to be healed and Qi to replenish. $275 for pickup, delivery & encapsulation (additional pickup and delivery fees apply for 20 miles beyond Wilmington city limits)

Raw Method of Encapsulation: The raw method of preparation skips the heating and herbal process altogether. The placenta is still sliced, dehydrated and ground into a powder for the capsules. Raw food activists believe that steaming the placenta destroys some of the essential nutrients. Using this option provides a burst of energy upfront and great hormone stabilization. If you are GBS positive or have a history of anxiety, insomnia, or bipolar tendencies, this method is not for you. Women predisposed to these issues can feel overwhelmed when ingesting their placentas raw. Heating the capsules dims down the hormonal potency while offering other benefits to the mother. If this is the case for you, you should select the heated method above. $250 for pickup, delivery & encapsulation (additional pickup and delivery fees apply for 20 miles beyond Wilmington city limits)

Half & Half Encapsulation: Both the heated and raw methods have unique and beneficial properties. If you would like to try both, half of your placenta can be prepared in each method. On days when you feel very lethargic and need a hormonal boost, you can take the raw capsules. Also great if you've pulled an all nighter with the newborn and have an older child to keep up with during the day! On days when you are anxious and stressed, you can take the soothing heated capsules and benefit from the ginger and its soothing, warming properties. $300 for pickup, delivery & encapsulation (additional pickup and delivery fees apply for 20 miles beyond Wilmington city limits)

Flavored Capsules

Placenta capsules are made of completely dehydrated placenta powder and resemble echinacea supplements. However, if you're a little squeamish or if taking pills is difficult for you, I can encapsulate with flavored, opaque gel capsules. Flavors available depend on my supplier's inventory, but a few that I have used are mixed berry, lime, coffee, strawberry. Add $10 to encapsulation

"My postpartum time with my second son was a breeze compared to my first. I can't say the placenta pills are the only reason, but I do feel that they have helped. The 2 greatest benefits were that my milk supply was abundant from the start, and the postpartum bleeding stopped almost overnight once I started taking them."--Bethany (read Bethany's full story here)

Postpartum placenta smoothie provides energy and immediate benefits of placenta while waiting for your capsules! All photos used with permission

Postpartum placenta smoothie provides energy and immediate benefits of placenta while waiting for your capsules! All photos used with permission

Postpartum Placenta Smoothies

Placenta Smoothie on Location: Having a fruit smoothie with a bit of raw placenta added gives the mom a great energy boost, satisfies post-birth thirst and hunger while providing the immediate benefits of the placenta. The smoothie tastes no different than a regular, placenta-free smoothie. You have your choice of fruit juice and also dairy/vegan. A great starter while you are waiting for your capsules to arrive. I can provide this service at the hospital or birth center after delivery when I pick up your placenta. $40*

Placenta Smoothie Freezer Prep: I can freeze your placenta in individual one-inch cubes  for you to add to your smoothies at home postpartum on an as needed basis. Your whole placenta or part of your placenta can be prepared in this manner. $50*

Placenta Smoothies Meal Prep: I can prep individual freezer bags of smoothie ingredients for you, including placenta cubes, for you to store in your freezer and blend each day as needed. Your choice of favorite ingredients. $75/6 smoothies*

"I was a little nervous about eating a smoothie with raw placenta in it, but it was the best decision ever!"--Sara (read Sara's full story here)

A placenta tincture has the same benefits as capsules, but will last forever if you continue refilling it.

A placenta tincture has the same benefits as capsules, but will last forever if you continue refilling it.

Placenta tincture

Putting part of your placenta in tincture form is another way to stretch its longevity. Tinctures offer energy, stress relief, and hormone stabilization.  A small portion of placenta is added to >100 proof alcohol and set to ferment for 6 weeks. To ingest, put the drops under your tongue and hold for 60 seconds. Some of the benefits include hormone stabilization in your postpartum cycles, less bleeding during those cycles, energy and for menopause years down the road. Daughters can also benefit from placental tincture once she begins her menstruation cycles. It can be offered to babies 6 months and up for teething, transitional periods, stress, and to boost immune system. Simply mix 3-5 drops with breast milk, formula, water, or juice. Tinctures have an indefinite shelf life. Continue to refill with 100 proof spirits when the bottle is 2/3 empty, and you will have it forever!  $35*

 

Placenta Truffles help balance postpartum hormones while satisfying your chocolate cravings!

Placenta Truffles help balance postpartum hormones while satisfying your chocolate cravings!

Placenta Truffles

Chocoholics: I can turn your entire placenta or part of your placenta turned into delicious truffles! In either milk or dark chocolate, it is a great way to satisfy your post baby cravings while lending your body the rich benefits of consuming your placenta. Adding the dehydrated placenta powder does not affect the texture or taste of the truffle. They are the perfect indulgence for postpartum cycles as well! Just TRY being in a bad mood after eating these! $40 (approx. 1.5-2 dozen)*

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Placenta Balm

A salve or balm made of your placenta and a variety of healing herbs and oils offers healing properties to c-section scars once they are healed, hemorrhoids, perineal tearing, cracked or blistered nipples, eczema, sun burn, diaper rash (can be made cloth diaper safe!), skin irritation and more. It only takes a few capsules worth of placenta powder, so you can mix and match with other placenta remedies..  Think of the salve as a super healing, natural triple antibiotic ointment!  $40*

"The broth was very nourishing and nurturing during a vital time of healing."--Serena

"The broth was very nourishing and nurturing during a vital time of healing."--Serena

 

 

Mother Tea

Mother tea consists of the leftover broth and herbal liquid after steaming the placenta. This infused remedy and its restorative powers is often overlooked. It has the same benefits as placenta capsules. Small amounts can be added to smoothies, tea, soups, etc. Needs to be consumed within 7 days or frozen up to 6 months. $20 (only available with traditional Chinese inspired capsules or half and half).

Example of a traditional blood print, $15

Example of a traditional blood print, $15

Custom Placenta Prints

Traditional Blood print

Did you know that no 2 placentas are identical? Think of your placenta as your baby’s first finger print! Allow me to capture its beauty for you.  Classic placenta prints are made using just the blood from the placenta and cord. If you have a preference for cord design (heart, baby's initial, etc) I am happy to try and accommodate, depending on cord length. Otherwise, I will get creative and come up with something on my own. I will laminate it for durability unless otherwise instructed. $15*

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Example of a color placenta print~$25

Example of a color placenta print~$25

Color/Color & calligrahpy prints

The placenta is the only human organ that generates temporarily for a specific purpose and is then removed. Preserve this miracle of life with a beautiful, unique placenta print. I will paint your placenta with food-grade coloring (in case you also want encapsulation or other ingestable services) to make a forever lasting keepsake. Baby’s name, birth date, length and weight, and any other information you'd like can be added in calligraphy. Your choice of colors and designs. Will be laminated for durability unless otherwise instructed. $25*

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Example of a color placenta print with calligraphy and watercolor background~$40

Example of a color placenta print with calligraphy and watercolor background~$40

full color placenta print, with calligraphy and hand painted background

I can also create a custom placenta print for you to coordinate with your nursery, or with a favorite theme, book, movie, etc. This particular refers to Pixar's movie "Up," the new mother's favorite kids' movie. Placenta print is in a balloon shape, baby's birth details are written in calligraphy around the inside of the balloon, and the background is hand painted, keeping in theme with the movie. Quotes from the film in calligraphy read, "Adventure is out there!" and "Imagine all the wonderful things that will never happen if you do not do them." This is just one example to jumpstart your own ideas! Will be laminated for durability unless otherwise instructed. $40*

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Heart shaped cord keepsakes for twins~$10ea

Heart shaped cord keepsakes for twins~$10ea

Umbilical Cord Keepsakes

Baby's umbilical cord is removed and dehydrated/dried into whatever shape you desire: spiral, heart, baby’s initial, the word love (depending on length) are some options.  $10*

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Example of an umbilical cord dream catcher~ $45

Example of an umbilical cord dream catcher~ $45

Have your dried umbilical cord made into a dream catcher for your baby. This can be placed above baby's crib or your bed as a symbol of preventing bad dreams and protecting from negative energy. Your choice of color scheme for threads, beads and talismans. $45*

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