In other cultures throughout history, the placenta has been referred to as “the bed of the child”, “the brother or sister of the baby”, “the tree of life”, and “the mother’s bread/cake.”
It has been used in various traditions—such as planting under a tree—to symbolize its importance in nurturing the child’s growth.
The earliest record we have of placenta consumption is from the 16th century Chinese medical text, Compendium of Materia Medica, where placenta consumption was indicated after childbirth to restore energy and balance. Placenta encapsulation has recently become popular, as the media has publicized celebrities encapsulating their placentas.
Although there has been little and limited research on placenta encapsulation, we get many inquiries and requests for placenta encapsulation. As more women are choosing this option, placenta capsules are widely reported to stabilize hormones, boost mood, and return energy. The women I’ve known personally who’ve had this done have been grateful for their “placenta pills.” Hearing others’ personal experiences prompted me to begin looking into placenta encapsulation more seriously.
The answer to this question will vary widely among those offering placenta services, as there are currently no regulations governing placenta encapsulation.
I received professional training, which involved 16 hours of classroom and hands-on practice and included OSHA Blood-Borne Pathogen training. The method of encapsulation I use is based in Traditional Chinese Medicine and involves steaming the placenta prior to dehydrating.
You have options when choosing to encapsulate your placenta.
I can encapsulate your placenta in your own home, where you will have the opportunity to observe the whole process, ask questions, and even take pictures. With this option, I will come to your home on two consecutive days, for approximately 2 hours each day. I will bring all my own equipment and sanitize your kitchen each day before I begin and before I leave. If you deliver in the hospital, I will provide you with guidance on how to safely transport your placenta home from the hospital and proper storage until you are ready for me to come encapsulate.
If you prefer, I can encapsulate your placenta in my home, I will pick your placenta up and return your capsules to you at an agreed-upon location and time. I use the same sanitation procedures at my home as I would use at your home, and I will be happy to discuss the process with you and answer any questions you may have.
Either way, you can rest assured that I am handling and processing your placenta safely and professionally.
Once your placenta is transformed into capsules, I will present them to you in a dark-colored, labeled glass jar, along with consumption guidelines.
Prices for placenta services are:
$250 for pickup of your placenta and delivery of your placenta capsules
$350 in-home encapsulation
Add on services:
$50 placenta tincture (available after 6 weeks)
$10 blood print, on heavy-duty, acid-free paper
$30 watercolor print (watercolor is added to the paper, not the placenta)
Complimentary cord keepsake is included.
A travel fee will apply for areas greater than 50 miles from from Sheridan, AR
Contact me with any questions you may have or to schedule your placenta encapsulation.