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Placenta Encapsulation


placenta encapsulationI have been encapsulating placentas since 2006.  And I have trained hundreds of doulas in the art of placenta encapsulation since 2008.  While there is no ‘hard’ research proving the benefits of consuming encapsulated placenta (yet – studies are now underway), qualitative studies and the reported benefits from women who have taken their encapsulated placenta say they experienced improved milk supply, more balanced moods, reduced anxiety, increased energy, and support during times of separation from baby or major changes.

“Thank you so much for preparing my placenta for me. I started taking the capsules yesterday… I think it helps tremendously, and I love that I’m using all of the good nutrients from the placenta for my breast milk! Again, thank you so much for everything you’ve done, and for being so easy to work with. The process was so smooth and easy, I didn’t have to worry about a thing. “

I follow a Traditional Chinese Medicine ‘recipe’ when encapsulating the placenta for the mother’s use (see below for details).  This method of preparation retains some of the nutrients and hormones present in the placenta at the time of birth – to help the mother with her postpartum transition – and preserve the energetic qualities of the life-sustaining placenta.

Placenta Encapsulation Process

It is ideal for your placenta to be encapsulated within 3 days after birth.  I pick up your placenta from your place of birth, and return it in capsule form with 24-48 hours.  I follow OSHA guidelines for the safe handling and disposal of human tissue in all stages of the process.

The preparation involves two parts:  Part 1 –  I bless your placenta and give thanks for the work it has done and will continue to do, then prepare it for steaming, along with lemon, ginger and jalapeño.  It is steamed for 30 minutes.  Then I slice it very thin and spread the strips on a foil-lined cookie sheet.  It is then baked in an oven at 170 degrees for 8-10 hours.   Part 2 – the dried strips are ground in an electric grinder.  The fine powder is then put into the gel caps, and the capsules are stored in a jar.

My fee for the Placenta Encapsulation is $200; $250 if you live north of NE 175th St or south of S 200th St or east of Lake Washington. A $25 deposit is required when you sign up, the balance is due when I deliver your capsules.

I will work on a sliding scale, so please don’t let cost be a barrier if you would like this service!

For more information on the many uses of the placenta, its properties, this process, or my services, please contact me via email.

My Service Area

I currently serve the following hospitals:  Swedish First Hill, Swedish Ballard, Swedish Issaquah, Northwest, University Medical Center, Evergreen, Overlake, and Valley.  I serve home births and birth center births south of Hwy 104, north of Hwy 516, and west of Hwy 202/18.  Please inquire with your specific address to see if I can reach you in a reasonable amount of time, or if I can refer you a placenta encapsulator closer to you.

PLEASE NOTE:  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 using the remedies at their own risk.

Big Belly Services offers a range of services to support your family and community, including
urban farming, doula trainings and retreats, & placenta encapsulation.

Big Belly Services offers a range of services to support your family and community, including
urban farming, doula trainings and retreats, & placenta encapsulation.

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