Your Abundant Placenta

I started my placenta journey with my first born daughter, 4 years ago. I was in counseling for antenatal anxiety and depression, while my husband was deployed. I was a stressed out mama not having my husband and thinking every twinge was going to mean I’d be suffering through another loss, again, but this time completely alone. I knew early on that I’d need something more than the standard medication they give mamas who developed postpartum depression. I had a propensity for getting every side effect listed in the insert on medications and I wasn’t willing to sacrifice my postpartum transition to all of those side effects. Another huge reason I encapsulated my first placenta was the increase in milk supply that could happen. I had a breast reduction in 2007 and only choose my surgeon after months of interviewing doctors all over the southern CA area (thanks Mom for driving me to all of them!) I didn’t want to go with just anyone, I wanted someone who knew the key-hole (aka anchor) incision and one who put my mind at ease when I asked about breastfeeding, whenever that day may come. Seven years later, I continued my research on how to breastfeed after a reduction and ingestion of my placenta repeatedly showed up in my research. While I don’t purport to being a researcher or scientist, my anecdotal experience mimicked so many other mothers that I knew I needed to start offering mothers the same benefits I had the pleasure of enjoying.

Placentophagy, the ingesting of your own placenta, has many reported benefits.

  • Helps curbs postpartum depression and anxiety
  • Replenishes iron, helps stabilize thyroid function, and has a natural analgesic effect
  • Can increase milk production
  • Weight loss
  • Headache pain relief
  • Increased libido
  • Increased mother/baby bonding
  • Helps reduce postpartum bleeding
  • Can act as a natural relaxant to help new mamas sleep when baby sleeps
  • Helps to contract the uterus back to your normal size

Some of the contributing hormones and vitamins that benefit the mother’s body are:

  • iron
  • relaxin
  • oxytocin
  • progesterone
  • endorphins
  • selenium
  • prolactin
  • and corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH)
  • Methods of Placenta Encapsulation $250 (ask about military/low income discount)

    Basic Heated: Your placenta will be gently steamed prior to dehydration, dehydrated at 160 degrees, then encapsulated. It typically offers more mild side effects, but yields slightly less capsules. This method is ideal for mamas who are GBS+ at birth, a previously frozen placenta or has some meconium staining.

    Raw Method: Your method will not be steamed prior to dehydration, dehydrated at 160 degrees, then encapsulated. This method will yield more pills, but has a stronger side effects that can include jitteriness and intestinal upset. This method is ideal for the mama looking to maximize her hormonal benefits, and isn’t bothered by potential side effects. Not for mothers with a history of insomnia, psychological disorders.

    Raw Tincture: $50/4oz bottle a small piece or tincture suspended in 100 proof liquor, to be used long term for menopause, life transitions, return of menses, or for daughter’s first menstruation.

    Placenta Balm: $25/4oz Can be used on C-section scars, diaper rash, birth-related tearing, hemorrhoids, nipple cracks, burns, and other skin issues. Your salve is for topical use only and should not be ingested. Wipe off of nipples before nursing your baby.

    Placenta Print: $20/print Full customization available to match baby’s nursery or your birth color, with a natural ink or food-safe dye and printed onto sturdy watercolor paper.

    All placenta preparation packages will include a complimentary umbilical cord keepsake.

    Handling and Processing

    Upon pick up, I will test the temperature of your placenta’s storage area (refrigerator, cooler, etc). If it is not 40 degrees or below, I will not encapsulate your placenta. It is for your own health that it needs to be kept at or below 40 degrees after birth for you to safely ingest it. Once I check the temperature, I will ask to see your STI bloodwork, if it hasn’t been sent to me already. Then, I will label your placenta before I transport it.

    My dehydrators are plugged into a surge protector with an alarm on it, in the event that it malfunctions or the power goes out so I know to plug it into my generator (we are in hurricane country, after all!).

    I follow all OSHA guidelines and food safety guidelines. I never allow more than one placenta in the same space as another placenta. I use disposable materials and ensure all hazardous waste is labeled for proper disposal. I hold active Blood Borne pathogen certifications through Biologix that are designed for placenta encapsulators; I have an active CA and FL state Food Handler’s Card. I am a certified medical assistant with hospital experience! Your health and safety is of utmost importance in my business!

    Some facilities or practitioners will need to be educated on the safety of placenta encapsulation. These are some special circumstances that are NOT contraindications: STI’s including HSV, HPV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, meconium staining, GBS+ or use of prophylactic antibiotics in labor for GBS+, labor epidurals and spinal anesthesia, IV medications such as Nubain, Pitocin, Mag Sulfate.

    Here are some contraindications to placenta encapsulation: Hepatitis, HIV, confirmed chorio or other infection. For suspected chorio, neonatal sepsis, or other infection: Placenta should be frozen/refrigerated after being cultured as per facility policies/order sets. If maternal and neonatal labs are confirmed clear and the placental culture is confirmed clear, the placenta may be released at the discretion of the clinician.

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