What training have you taken in order to offer this service?
I have been trained in traditional placenta encapsulation and placenta remedy crafting. As well I have training from both the BC Food Safe Program and OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens.
How do you sterilize the equipment you use?
Your safety is extremely important to me. I have take multiple steps to ensuring your safety, including a thorough cleaning protocol. All my equipment is properly sterilized and stored between clients. All my reusable equipment is washed and then sanitized in a 1:10 bleach:water ration and soaked for 20 minutes minimum and all work surface areas are also scrubbed and sprayed down with the same solution and left to “stand” for 20 minutes until sterile. As well I only ever have one placenta on premises, so there is never a concern of a mix up in placentas.
Where do you process the placenta?
I have a designated work space in my home.
How does it work?
Online intake and contract makes reserving your spot quick and easy.
After booking you will be sent instructions on how to store your placenta and how to contact me at the time of birth. Encapsulation services include pick up from your birth location so there will be no running around to do in your babymoon. I encapsulate each placenta with deep reverence for this incredible and sacred organ. Each placenta is processed in ceremony including energetic cleansing of the space and supplies used and your remedies are infused with healing reiki energy and so much love.
You’ll appreciate the fast turnaround time and personal home delivery of your pills in a lovely package.
You can relax and enjoy your babymoon and have help brought to your doorstep, because as a new mama you have enough going on.
What is the cost and what is included?
The placenta encapsulation package is $250 and this includes:
- Pick up and drop off of the placenta from your birth location and to your doorstep
- Your placenta capsules
- A precious heart umbilical chord keepsake
- A print of your brilliantly unique placenta
- A picture of your cleaned placenta
- A placenta tincture can be added to your package that can be used for many years to come in yourself and your child for an additional $50
- Your placenta remedy guidebook including all the essentials of postpartum healing including local resources.
If you are booking my birth services package this includes $100 discount for placenta encapsulation services.
What are the benefits of placenta consumption?
Placenta consumption has been used traditionally for recovering postpartum mamas since the beginning of time. Consuming the placenta is something mamas have done intuitively to aid in:
- Preventing or reducing postpartum depression symptoms. Postpartum depression was previous linked to lack of sleep and the general transition to motherhood. Now, researchers are finding that the newly postpartum individuals are lacking in corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) which causes the release of cortisol, the stress fighting hormone. CRH is secreted in high amounts during the final trimester of pregnancy, and once the baby and placenta are birthed, the levels of CRH drop sharply, thus the link between the low levels of CRH and postpartum depression are being explored.
- Replenishing iron levels in your body. When you birth your baby, you lose a large amount of blood. And as your uterus returns to its pre-pregnancy size, you lose a large amount of blood. While both are completely normal, the decrease in your blood volume can also decrease the iron levels in your body. By consuming your placenta, you are able to replenish some of those iron levels.
- Hormone Stabilization: By consuming your own placenta, you are also consuming the hormones from your baby and your body during pregnancy. This consumption is thought to even out the hormones in your postpartum body, thus decreasing the symptoms of postpartum depression
- Increasing levels of oxytocin. Oxytocin, also known as the love hormone, is responsible for bonding, happiness, natural pain relief, and helping the uterus return to it’s pre-pregnancy size faster. By consuming your placenta, you are getting greater doses of oxytocin, and thus receiving more of the aforementioned benefits of the hormone.
- Establish and improve early breastmilk production: it has been shown that when placenta capsules are consumed, breastmilk production increases in the early postpartum days.
- Offers natural pain relief after birth: In addition to the increased levels of oxytocin, a natural pain reliever, placenta encapsulation also helps with the effectiveness of opioids, so pain relief is greater after birth.
- Replenish vitamins lost during birth: Placenta encapsulation can help replenish B vitamins and energy that was lost during the labor and delivery process.
- Protection from infection: By consuming the placenta tissue and membranes, you are protecting yourself from infection and bleeding.
The placenta is composed of beneficial hormones, chemicals, iron, and proteins. These healing substances include:
- Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone: Contributes to mammary gland development in preparation for lactation; stabilizes postpartum mood; regulates post-birth uterine cramping; decreases depression; normalizes and stimulates libido.
- Prolactin: Promotes lactation; increases milk supply; enhances the mothering instinct.
- Oxytocin: Decreases pain and increases bonding in mother and infant; counteracts the production of stress hormones such as Cortisol; greatly reduces postpartum bleeding; enhances the breastfeeding let-down reflex.
- Placental Opioid-Enhancing Factor (POEF): Stimulates the production of your body’s natural opioids, including endorphins; reduces pain; increases well-being.
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone: Regulates the thyroid gland; boosts energy and supports recovery from stressful events.
- Corticotropin Releasing Hormone (CRH): Low levels of CRH are implicated in postpartum depression. Regulation of CRH helps prevent depression.
- Cortisone: Reduces inflammation and swelling; promotes healing.
- Interferon: Triggers the protective defenses of the immune system to fight infection.
- Prostaglandins: Regulates contractions in the uterus after birth; helps uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size. Anti-inflammatory effects.
- Iron: Replenishes maternal iron stores to combat anemia, a common postpartum condition. Increases energy; decreases fatigue and depression.
- Hemoglobin: Oxygen-carrying molecule which provides a boost in energy.
- Urokinase Inhibiting Factor and Factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing.
- Immunoglobulin G (IgG): Antibody molecules which support the immune system.
- Human Placental Lactogen (hPL): This hormone has lactogenic and growth-promoting properties; promotes mammary gland growth in preparation for lactation in the mother. It also regulates maternal glucose, protein, and fat levels.
Source: Placenta Wise