Placenta Encapsulation – $250
Placenta encapsulation or placentophagy is the process of preparing a mother’s placenta by dehydrating and powdering. The powder is placed into capsules, allowing the mother to ingest as she sees fit. By ingesting the encapsulated placenta, after her labor and birth, the mother reintroduces beneficial nutrients, hormones, and proteins to her body. This is believed to restore a balance to the body, resulting in less frequent instances of “baby blues” and the more serious postpartum depression, as well as promoting a shorter healing time, increased maternal energy levels, and an overall feeling of wellness.
If you decide to encapsulate your placenta, Jenny Gullen will pick up your placenta from your place of birth within 24 hours of delivery, often on the day of birth. Your placenta is then rinsed, dehydrated and ground into a powder before being encapsulated. You have the choice of method between RAW and steamed. Along with your capsules, you will receive placenta prints, an umbilical cord keepsake, a placenta tincture, and placenta broth (broth available with steamed method only.) You also have the choice of saving some of your placenta for smoothie cubes or adding on a healing salve made with oils infused with healing herbs as well as some of your dehydrated placenta.
Jenny is OSHA certified in blood-borne pathogens and takes great care and precaution when handling and working with your placenta. Your placenta is prepared using only sterilized equipment.
Placenta encapsulation is $250 for Portland Doula Collective clients or $275 for everyone else. Please visit Rose City Birth Services for more information and to reserve encapsulation services.
Limitations – A placenta cannot be encapsulated if any of the following apply:
- Tainted placenta- absolutely no chemicals can be added to the placenta
- Fever in mother at time of birth or evidence of infection
- Left out without refrigeration for over 4 hours
- Maternal history of blood borne illness such as HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis, Herpes, STD’s, etc
Though based on a combination of centuries-old cultural knowledge and multiple research studies, the statements and information found on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Placenta encapsulation is defined as the service of preparing a client’s own placenta for consumption or medicinal use, not the sale of placentas or placenta products. None of the services offered are approved to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, because (according to the FDA) only a drug can legally make such a claim. Use of placenta encapsulation or other services assumes prior discussion with your health care provider; clients are responsible for researching and using these services appropriately.