Your placenta is perfectly made for you, by you! It is an amazing organ created to nourish baby in the womb and the postpartum mother. But, have you ever wondered what’s actually in your placenta? It's a great question and the following is a list explaining just that:
Gonadotrophin – The precursor to estrogen, progesterone and testosterone
Prolactin – Promotes lactation
Oxytocin – For pain and bonding; produced during breastfeeding to facilitate bonding of mother and infant
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone – Boosts energy and helps recovery from stressful events
Cortisone – Combats stress and unlocks energy stores
Interferon – Stimulates the immune system to protect against infections
Prostaglandins – Anti-inflammatory
Hemoglobin – Replenishes iron deficiency and anemia, a common postpartum condition
Urokinase Inhibiting Factor and Factor XIII – Stops bleeding and enhances wound healing
Gammaglobulin – Immune booster that helps protect against postpartum infections
All of those things come together to bring on these amazing postpartum benefits:
Lessening the risk of postpartum hemorrhage and lessening the lochia phase.
Providing the hormones human placental lactogen and prolactin to assist with your milk coming in sooner and maintaining a healthy supply throughout your nursing relationship.
Replenishing iron lost from birth and preventing post-birth anemia.
Low iron levels can lead to depressive symptoms in a new mother.
Balancing out your hormone levels until the body is able to regulate on its own.
Providing natural pain relief from the labor and birthing process.
The placenta helps your uterus return to pre-pregnancy size.
Lending you a consistent flow of oxytocin (the bonding and euphoric hormone).
Replenishing your B-Vitamins and offering your body protein for energy.
Protection from infection due to retained placenta or bacteria in the uterus.
Method of Preparation
Placentas are best when they are fresh, within a couple days of the birth provided they have been refrigerated, but you can also thaw out and encapsulate a frozen placenta. There are two encapsulation methods to choose from: the traditional method (TM) and the raw start method. With both, the end result of the process is a jar full of capsules. Eden House Birth Services offer both the Traditional Method, also called The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) method and the raw method.
The Traditional Chinese Medicine method is the most common method and is the oldest recipe we have for placenta encapsulation; it has been done the longest in Chinese culture. The signature of this method is the steaming step. It incorporates steam and warming herbs into the placenta preparation process, and the final result is warming, toning, and nourishing for the postpartum. The steaming process is believed to release beneficial properties in the placenta and make nutrients more easily absorbed by the digestive tract. Steaming should destroy any viruses or pathogens that may have been picked up on the placenta’s journey outside the body, making it safer for the mother to consume.
The raw start method skips the steaming step, but all other encapsulation steps are still followed.
Depending on the size of your placenta you will receive between 100-200 pills.
Placenta Tincture $60
Consuming part of your placenta in tincture form is another way to stretch out its longevity. A small portion of placenta is added to >100 proof alcohol and set to ferment for six weeks. This basic tincture can be used directly by the mother during times of transition, illness or stress after she has used all of her placenta capsules. Some of the benefits include hormone stabilization in your postpartum cycles, less bleeding during those cycles, energy and for menopause years down the road. The tincture can be used in any time of trauma, transition and emotional distress. The tincture can also be diluted in a bit of water and given to the child when he or she is getting sick or in a time of transition. It seems to bring the child back to a state of physical and emotional balance.
Placenta Print $50
In addition to the medicinal uses, another way that we can bring back the tradition of honor and gratitude toward birth and the role of the placenta is to make artistically beautiful prints with it. I make your prints before I wash and prepare the placenta. They are printed with the natural placenta blood on acid-free artists paper. Some families frame them and display their prints as art or others choose to save them as personal keepsakes. The prints are unique imprints that display the size, shape and general appearance of the placenta and also remind us why the placenta is often referred to as "The Tree of Life."
Placenta Salve $60
Placentas has long been known to have healing and restorative qualities for the skin. Several expensive anti-aging lotions and creams actually contain "sheep placenta extract" as their secret ingredient. I can create a natural and healing salve using some of your own placenta, custom made for your own use. Other ingredients include 100% organic beeswax, coconut oil, olive oil, and essential oils. Placenta salve can be used for Cesarean and surgical scars, perineal tears, general healing skin care salve.
Smoothie Cubes $150
If you have trouble swallowing capsules then cubes may be a better option for you. The placenta is still cleaned and then poured into molds. The cubes are then frozen and once a day you will have a fruit smoothie with one cube added. You will not taste the placenta. The cubes are in the raw state, meaning they have not been steamed or dehydrated which is the process used to encapsulate the placenta.
Mothers have reported feeling more of a "punch" in their desired benefits using the raw cubes vs. having the placenta encapsulated using the Traditional Chinese Method. Many moms who have a desire to increase breast milk and energy immediately postpartum, or who have experienced postpartum hemorrhaging or have a history of it will often select the raw method. You have choose to have the entire placenta cubed up or you can add on cubes for the first week to your encapsulation.
Placenta Services Protocol
In preparation for your placenta to be prepared in your desired way, one of the first things that needs to be done is the signing of the Contract & Agreement.
I also need to see a copy of your bloodwork results with negative results. This can be emailed. To protect my clients and family, I cannot encapsulate a person’s placenta with HIV, Hepatitis and/or any sexually transmitted disease. You can request of a copy of your bloodwork at your next prenatal visit with your care provider. Ideally, I would like for all the paperwork to be completed by the time you are full term (37 weeks). However, if you are past that point don’t let that come between you and having your placenta encapsulated. I have been contacted as late as AFTER the baby has been born and it worked out just fine.
It is not necessary for us to meet prenatally, but I will be happy to do so. I accept signed Contract & Agreement and bloodwork results via email.
Please have a conversation with your care provider regarding your intentions to take your placenta home. Remind them again at the time of delivery. If you need it, I have a Placenta Release Form to be used with a hospital, which releases them from liability.
If I am not attending your birth already, then please contact me when you are in active labor, so that I will have a round about time of when I will be picking up the placenta.
Contact via text.
Once the baby is born, please contact me to let me know. At that time, we will arrange a pick up time.
Contact via PHONE CALL.
It is your responsibility to keep your placenta refrigerated and/or on ice until I come pick it up. I recommend bringing your own cooler to the hospital because sometimes the bucket they put placentas in do not fit in the mini refrigerators in the postpartum rooms. It is not necessary to put your placenta in the freezer immediately following birth. If it is not possible to start the process within the first 3-4 days following birth, the placenta should be promptly frozen. Double-bag the placenta in gallon-sized zip lock freezer bags. A placenta that has been frozen can be encapsulated for up to 6 months. I recommend that every woman at least keep their placenta in the freezer just in case you find yourself needing it. If you decide that you don’t need it, then nothing is lost, but once you get rid of it, it’s gone for good – so better safe than sorry.
Placentas should not be frozen, thawed, and then refrozen. Please make sure the placenta is bagged correctly and not leaking. Double bagging it in Ziploc bags is a great way to insure this.
Please let me know if you had any physical trauma, suturing or a cesarean birth as I can add frankincense and myrrh to the preparation process to help with healing.
The amount of capsules you get if you are choosing to encapsulate varies depending on the size of your placenta. You can likely expect between 100-200 pills.
The placenta service will be processed and prepared in about 48-72 hours. I will call you to arrange a drop off time and place.
If I am not attending your birth and postpartum meetings as doula or midwife in training there will be a $50 pick up and delivery fee.
Dosage of Placenta Capsules
For week 1:
o 3 capsules, 3 times a day.
For weeks 2-3:
o 2 capsules, 3 times a day.
For the remaining weeks:
o 1 pill, 3 times a day/as needed.
You can adjust your dosage depending on your needs. If you are feeling great, you can gently decrease the dosage and your capsules will last longer. I recommend setting at least 10-20 pills aside for the first postpartum menstrual cycle. Store them in the freezer.
Never exceed 9 pills in 24 hours. (This can create an oversupply issue that could lead to clogged ducts and even mastitis) Never stop taking the pills abruptly. The sudden decrease in the oxytocin that the pills provide could spiral you into the baby blues. As with anything you take orally, reduce the amount gradually over a few days.
The placenta is tonifying, which means it holds energy in. Should you get sick with a fever or any kind of infection, I recommend that you stop taking the capsules until it passes. If you continue to take the pills, it could keep the infection in your body not allowing you to get well.
The pills may be stored with your supplements that you take daily or in the refrigerator for maximum freshness. For long term storage they should be kept in the freezer. Placenta capsules may be taken directly from the refrigerator/freezer.
A healthy mama is most important. Listen to your body. You know it better than I could ever prescribe.
DISCLAIMER: The information on this page has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The services I offer are not clinical, pharmaceutical, or intended to diagnose or treat any condition. Families who choose to utilize the services on this page take full responsibility for researching and using the remedies.