Placenta Services

What is placenta encapsulation?

marcy ganoe birth services philadelphia philly doula placenta encapsulation childbirth education yoga reiki belly casting belly binding yoni steam mother blessing ceremonies homebirth waterbirthPlacenta encapsulation is the process of preparing the placenta in capsule form for ingestion by the mother. The placenta is the organ which connects mother and baby in the womb, and it contains many beneficial vitamins, minerals, hormones, proteins, stem cells, and other nutrients that help new mothers to have an easier postpartum recovery. The capsules are completely tasteless, and are similar in size and appearance to an herbal supplement.

Almost all mammalian mothers consume their placenta shortly after birth. Some of the reasons moms choose to encapsulate are:

♥ To ward off “baby blues” and postpartum depression by balancing the hormones.
♥ To increase breast milk production.
♥ To speed healing time.
♥ To boost maternal energy levels.
♥ To replenish iron and other nutrients lost through childbirth.

How is placenta encapsulation done?

Placenta encapsulation takes approximately 2 days from start to finish. I pick up the placenta as soon as possible after the baby’s birth, preferably within a few hours. Proper precautions are taken to ensure cleanliness and prevent contamination during all steps of the process. I begin by rinsing the placenta and examining it for completeness and anatomical variations. I thinly slice the placenta, then dehydrate it until completely dry. Then, I grind it into a fine powder which is placed into capsules.

Raw vs. Steamed

There are two main methods of preparing the placenta prior to dehydration: raw and steamed. I offer both methods, but strongly encourage raw method. The available evidence suggests that the benefits of placenta capsules are greater using the raw method, and there is also a higher number of capsules produced. According to tradition, raw capsules are considered better for those with a history of depression, while steamed is better for those with insomnia, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. For those who feel strongly that they prefer steamed/TCM method, I can offer it for an additional $25 processing fee.

List of Placenta Preparations

Placenta Encapsulation – $225
♥ Pick up and drop off
♥ Professionally prepared placenta capsules with instructions for use
♥ (Optional) digital photos of your placenta
♥ (Optional) umbilical cord keepsake (heart or spiral shape)

***Doula clients get a discount on placenta encapsulation!

Placenta Smoothies – $40
This is the perfect way to start reaping the benefits of your placenta immediately after birth while waiting for your capsules to be processed: a 4 day supply of delicious fruit smoothies, each containing a small amount of raw placenta.

Placenta Prints – $30Image (280)
4-6 beautiful works of art, made by painting your placenta (with its own blood, or with food-safe materials), then making an imprint on watercolor paper. Prints are laminated to preserve.

Placenta Reiki – $15
Reiki is a gentle, natural form of healing that enhances, balances and clears the energy of whatever it is performed upon. If you had pregnancy complications or a difficult birth, a little Reiki can help smooth out any negative vibrations being held in your placenta.

Umbilical Cord Dreamcatcher – $40dreamcatcher2
Improve your and your baby’s sleep by hanging this one-of-a-kind keepsake near your bed! This beautiful dreamcatcher commemorates and celebrates your bond as mother and child. Includes sage smudging and Reiki blessing (optional).

Salve – $40
Great for sore nipples, cesarean incisions, diaper rash, and more! Made with all natural ingredients, including shea butter, coconut oil, calendula, lavender, and a small portion of your dried, powdered placenta.

Tincture – $40
A small piece of placenta in a dropper bottle filled with high-proof brandy or vodka. Your tincture keeps for years and can be used later on for PMS, menopausal symptoms, and times of illness or low energy.

Complete Placenta Package – $430  $395
Includes all of the above! Encapsulation, smoothies, tincture, salve, umbilical dreamcatcher, placenta reiki, and prints.

Interested? Contact me!