Placenta Services and Pricing


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It is an honor to prepare your placenta and we treat it with the utmost care and respect.

Encapsulation OptionsBoth methods include pick-up, preparation, and drop-off.

Traditional Chinese Medicine MethodIt takes about 24 to 48 hours to complete TCM encapsulation after I pick up the placenta at the hospital, birth center, or your home.  I deliver the completed preparation to your home within 72 hours from pick up.  Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page for details.

How it works:  In this method of preparation, I begin by creating a completely sterile work environment, adhering to strict standards set forth by OSHA and the EPA.  I clean the placenta and examine it for integrity and health, and prepare it for what follows.

Next, I gently steam the placenta in a water bath of Traditional Chinese Medicine warming substances including ginger, lemon, and myrrh. These allow the beneficial properties of the placenta to enter deeper into your tissues and thus enhance its healing abilities.  After the placenta is steamed, it is gently dehydrated and made into capsules for your consumption.  These are placed in a new, sealed jar and delivered to you.  I prepare only one placenta at a time and am completely dedicated to the highest standards of practice throughout this preparation.

To learn more about the TCM Placenta Encapsulation Method and how it compares to the Raw Placenta Encapsulation Method, please read my blog article here.

 It takes about 48 to 72 hours to complete Raw Method encapsulation after I pick up the placenta at the hospital, birth center, or your home.  I deliver the completed preparation to your home within 72 hours of pick up.  Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page for details.

How it works:  In this method of preparation, I begin by creating a completely sterile work environment, adhering to strict standards set forth by OSHA and the EPA.  I clean the placenta and examine it for integrity and health. With this method the placenta is not steamed, as it is in the TCM method.  Proponents of this method believe that only processing via dehydration is the best way to retain the greatest benefits from the placenta (since it is dried at a very low heat).  After the placenta has been cleaned, it is sliced and placed directly in the dehydrator for approximately 24 hours until it is completely dry.

Next, I make it into capsules for your consumption.  These are placed in a new, sealed jar and delivered to you.  I prepare only one placenta at a time and am completely dedicated to the highest standards of practice throughout this preparation.

To learn more about the Raw Placenta Encapsulation Method and how it compares to the TCM Placenta Encapsulation Method, please read my blog article here.  

Additional Placenta Preparation Options

Fresh Preparation

Fresh or raw consumption of the placenta involves making a fruit smoothie or other food that contains your placenta.  While this is a mind hurdle for some, others believe fresh preparation is the best way to gain the maximum amount of nutrients from the placenta, since it is minimally processed.  Only a tiny, undetectable amount of the placenta is used in each serving.  Fruit smoothies using mango, orange, and/or banana are a great way to consume the placenta raw.  These are so well blended that you cannot taste the placenta at all.  Fresh consumption is ideal in the first two weeks postpartum after which many women switch to capsules.  If you choose this option, you will need to have an immersion (handheld) blender.  I prepare easy-to-use individual portions of the placenta, which can be kept in the freezer.Tincture

Turning your placenta into a tincture is an added bonus that can be used in addition to and long after the capsules are gone.  This is a great option for those wanting to access the healing benefits of the placenta long term (i.e., to use during menopause or throughout your child’s youth).  I follow traditional tincture-making protocols, tincturing a small piece of the placenta and a few drops of cord blood in a high-quality alcohol (vodka or brandy).

Anecdotal evidence suggests a tincture can help children and mothers alike through times of illness, stress, trauma, and transition.  In some ways, it’s like mom and baby’s personalized Rescue Remedy.

The process of tincturing takes six weeks, making it a great supplement that is ready once the pills have been consumed.  At the time of placenta delivery, I will supply the tincturing placenta (in a jar) and what you need to complete the tincture at home.  The process takes 6 weeks but it is very simple.Mother's BrothMother’s broth, dubbed by some to be “miracle soup,” is a natural by-product of the steaming process during encapsulation.  It contains the essence of the placenta, many nutrients, such as beneficial hormones and iron, and the beneficial warming herbs used in preparation, such as ginger and lemon.  This is akin to the nutrient-rich vegetable water left over after steaming veggies in a pot.

Mother’s broth can be added to any warm or cold beverage, or added to soup or stew.  While this broth is very potent and powerful, it is perishable.  It will keep in the fridge for three days.  It can also be made into ice cubes and frozen for much longer. Some mamas feel the broth gives them a “jump start.”  If you prefer not to drink it but don’t want to waste it, it does make excellent plant food.  I prepare the broth fresh and store it in a jar. You can use it fresh or make it into ice cubes.Cord Keepsake

The umbilical cord is a physical reminder (and evidence) of your connection to your child throughout pregnancy.  During the encapsulation process, I can retain the umbilical cord and dehydrate it into the shape of a spiral, circle, or other simple shape of your liking.  (I will shape it into a spiral unless otherwise specified). The prepared cord is then placed into a special keepsake bag, which you can keep, bury, make it into an ornament, or do whatever you like with it!

Umbilical Cord Dream CatchersCelebrate the special bond between mama and child with this dream catcher, created using the dehydrated umbilical cord as the circle in the design, which symbolizes strength and unity.

Dream catchers, a Native American tradition, are customarily hung above a one’s bed (toward the head) to protect one from bad dreams and promote good dreams. It is thought that the bad dreams get caught in the web, while the good dreams pass through the center and drop down into the sleepy head of the dreamer.

Jaime hand makes each dream catcher. She begins with the umbilical cord, weaves the beautiful web inside, and adds your child’s birthstone bead to the center. She can add feathers or additional stones or beads as requested. Another great way to complete the dream catcher is to take baby’s favorite outgrown newborn onesie or receiving blanket, cut fabric into thin strips and add to the catcher to personalize. You can also incorporate beads or yarn from a blessingway.

Placenta Prints

Placenta prints are unique artistic keepsakes that display the shape, size, and appearance of your placenta. The baby’s side of the placenta, which resembles a tree and is often called the Tree of Life, is used in the printing process.  Placenta prints are made on high quality, acid-free paper using the natural blood.  If you do not wish to encapsulate your placenta, we can also use paint (color choice is yours).

Prints can serve as a beautiful reminder of your pregnancy and the months that you supported your baby’s life in utero.  Some people believe that hanging these prints above a child’s bed can ward off nightmares.  What you do with your print is up to you—they do make for beautiful art and great conversation starters!  I offer families more than one print to choose from and custom framing, if desired.

Other Options

BurialYou may also choose to bury part or all of your placenta beneath a special tree or other plant in your yard.  Many believe this allows the placenta to continue nourishing life and makes the tree a special place for the child as he or she grows up.

I am happy to bundle up a portion of the placenta during the encapsulation process if you would like this option free of charge.

Freeze and Decide LaterStill on the fence about placenta preparation?  While the benefits are greatest in the early postpartum, the placenta retains its healing power and continues to offer benefits to the mother (and child) if kept frozen and prepared within two years (so long as it is still a good candidate for preparation).  I am able to prepare a placenta from its frozen state (it is first thawed and inspected for integrity).  If you wish to freeze your placenta, do so as soon after delivery as possible and ensure it is double bagged and protected from freezer burn.

Packages

 Encapsulation Package I

$250

Encapsulation, Mama Mend Herbal Bath Blend, and Mama Moon flower essence blend

 Encapsulation Package II

$285

Encapsulation, Print, Cord Keepsake, Broth and 4 oz. Tincture

Encapsulation Package III

$310

Fresh and Encapsulation, Cord Keepsake and Broth

Encapsulation Package IV

$440

Fresh and Encapsulation, Framed Print, Cord Keepsake, Broth and 4 oz. Tincture 

 

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