Your placenta is perfectly made for you, by you! It is an amazing organ created to nourish baby in the womb and then the mother postpartum. More and more families are choosing to take advantage of the healing properties of their baby's placenta in the days and weeks following birth, minimizing recovery time and replenishing many of the vital nutrients that pregnancy and labour require.
Consuming your placenta postpartum has abounding benefits for the postpartum woman. Some of the amazing things that it can help with are:
- Lessening the risk of postpartum haemorrhage and lessening the lochia phase
- Providing the hormones human placental lactogen and prolactin to assist with your milk coming in sooner and maintaining a healthy supply throughout your nursing relationship
- Balancing out your hormone levels until the body is able to regulate on its own
- Providing natural pain relief from the labor and birthing process
- Helping your uterus return to pre-pregnancy size
- Lending you a consistent flow of oxytocin (the bonding and euphoric hormone)
- Replenishing your B-Vitamins and offering your body protein for energy
- Protection from infection due to retained placenta or bacteria in the uterus
- Replenishing iron lost from birth and preventing post-birth anemia
Which method is right for you?
Most placentas yield anywhere from one to two hundred capsules, which can be taken as soon as they are delivered over the first postpartum weeks.
Your placenta is gently steamed prior to dehydration.
Your placenta remains raw prior to dehydration and no hormones or nutrients are lost.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Like the heated method, with the addition of lemon and ginger to move qi and promote warmth to return to the body.
moms who want easy-to-digest capsules
those who are unsure if the other methods are suitable
moms who want the full strength of their placenta
moms on a raw food diet
moms who understand TCM or regularly use acupuncture
moms who prefer to mask the flavour of their placenta
generally not contraindicated for any moms, as this method is suitable for most postpartum clients
moms have a history of depression or anxiety, or are taking some prescription medications
moms have multiple signs of heat in their body
Tinctures, Salves, & Keepsakes
To extend the shelf life of placental benefits, a tincture can be ready within six weeks of giving birth. It has the potential to last for years, and its effects can lessen symptoms of your first postpartum menstruation, or even menopause
A wonderful and nourishing cream that can be used all over your body to promote tissue healing. Contains 100% organic and wildcrafted ingredients, including lavender essential oil, Vitamin E, and coconut oil.
Keep a memory of your baby's birth for all time with a keepsake. A print of your placenta can be made on 140lb archival watercolour paper. A cord keepsake comes in its own special box and can be shaped as you want, length permitting.
Pricing & Service Area
Tincture or Salve - $30 each • Print or Keepsake - $15 each
Heated, Raw, or TCM - $200 • 50/50 Mix - $225
Any single method, tincture, salve, print, and keepsake - $275
The cost of encapsulation includes both pick up of the placenta, and delivery of the capsules, within the following boundaries:
South Kingsway to the West
Victoria Park to the East
Lakeshore to the South
Finch to the North
For points beyond the service area, there is a $25.00 long distance pick up/delivery charge each way. Alternatively, you may arrange to drop off the placenta and pick up the capsules with the help of a partner, family member, or friend.
In 2013, I trained through Full Circle, an independent group of Placenta Encapsulation Specialists, and have worked with close to one hundred families to create capsules, tinctures, and salves to nourish the postnatal body and improve recovery.