Functions During pregnancy, placentation (the development of the placenta) occurs at about week 4. The placenta produces hormones needed to sustain pregnancy, it becomes the site of exchange for nutrients and waste, and provides a protective barrier for you baby.
Nutrients The nutrients found in your placenta have many healing benefits during the postpartum period for you and your baby to help ease the transition of new motherhood.
Your placenta contains: Gonadotrophin: the precursor to estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
Prolactin: promotes lactation.
Oxytocin (the love hormone): for pain and bonding; produced during breastfeeding to facilitate bonding of mother and infant.
Thyroid stimulating hormone: boosts energy and aids in recovery from stressful events.
Cortisone: combats stress and unlocks energy stores.
Interferon: stimulates the immune system to protect against infections.
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.
Placenta Encapsulation Raw $250.00 Steamed $250.00
Encapsulation Includes: Pick up and delivery of capsules to your home within 1 week postpartum, with clear instructions on how and when to take them (individualized to each client's needs). This also includes a dried cord keepsake, free of charge. If you wish to drop your placenta off and pick up the ready made capsules, we can arrange to do so and I will take $25 off.
Placenta Print $30.00
The Raw Method of placenta encapsulation starts with cleaning and rinsing the placenta with filtered water, removing the membranes and cord, draining the excess blood and then cutting the placenta into thin strips. They then are placed into the dehydrator and are dried at 118 degrees F or less if requested for 12- 24 hours. The idea is that if the placenta is heated past 118 degrees F, the vital enzymes are destroyed and a lot of the nutrients are lost. Once the pieces are dried, they are ground into powder and encapsulated into vegan capsules.
The Steamed Method involves the same steps as cleaning and rinsing the placenta with filtered water, removing the membranes and cord and draining the excess blood. The placenta is then gently steamed. This step can take up to 40 minutes. Once the placenta has been steamed, it is time to cut it into thin strips and place them into the dehydrator on a low heat (105- 110 degrees F) for 7- 10 hours. Again, once the pieces are dried, they are ground into powder and encapsulated into vegan capsules. This method was developed to bring back warmth into the body, yang energy (heat). During birth, it is said that a lot of energetic warmth is lost which creates open and cold spaces, this is yin energy (cold). The steam promotes warming and nourishing postpartum healing.
*I ensure that all sanitation requirements are met before starting the process of placenta encapsulation. This means all equipment and work surfaces are sanitized before each use, gloves are used at all times and hair is tied back.