Placenta encapsulation is the simplest, safest and most natural way to aid in postpartum wellness. The placenta is full of essential feel-good hormones and iron, which can be gradually welcomed back into your body postpartum through placenta pills.

“I think the placenta pills must have played a big part in how smooth my recuperation was. Since this was my first baby I had nothing to compare it too, but everyone - friends, family, other moms in the mother's circle I joined - told me I seemed very quick to recover and very even overall while adjusting hormonally. I definitely noticed an effect myself on milk production too, as my supply was coming up to speed.“ - Alex

What are the benefits?

  • Increased energy 
  • Restoring hormonal balance, decreasing the “baby blues” and postpartum depression
  • Shorten postpartum bleeding and increase your iron supply
  • Assist the uterus in quickly returning to it’s pre-pregnant size (known as involution)
  • Increased breastmilk production

All of these physical and emotional benefits can lead to improved bonding with your baby. I like to think of placenta medicine as a very smart insurance policy for the happiest possible 4th trimester! 

Here is an article about a recent survey from mothers who utilized placenta medicine.

What’s in the placenta?

  • Oxytocin: known as the “love hormone”; it helped your uterus contract to give birth to your beautiful baby. It is also present during breast feeding to facilitate bonding of mother and baby. 
  • Gamma globulin: immune booster that helps protect against postpartum infections
  • Urokinase Inhibiting Factor & Factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing
  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone: boosts energy and helps recover from stressful events
  • Gonadotrophin: the precursor to estrogen, progesterone and testosterone
  • Interferon: stimulates the immune system to protect against infection 
  • Cortisone: combats stress and unlocks stores of energy
  • Hemoglobin: replenishes iron deficiency and anemia
  • Prostaglandins: anti-inflammatory
  • Prolactin: promotes lactation

Placenta Encapsulation Services:

A thorough description of the process is listed beneath the Sign Up form. 

Placenta Encapsulation within San Francisco - $275
Includes pick-up of your placenta, encapsulation process started within 24 hours of your birth, drop-off of your jar of pills within 2-3 days with clear instructions for storage and consumption. 
Placenta encapsulation for twins is $375

$200 option - If you have a friend or family member drop off the placenta to me and pick up the pills when they are ready. 

Add-ons:
Photos of your placenta upon request - Free
Umbilical Cord Keepsake - Free
Placenta Print - $10
Placenta Tincture - $50
For those who would like to prolong the benefits of their placental hormones long after they have taken all their pills. The tincture is made by soaking a piece of placenta in high grade alcohol for 6 weeks. The tincture left after straining is shelf-stable when stored in a cool, dark place and will last for many years! The tincture can be used in any time of trauma, transition, emotional distress, for symptoms around your cycle and even during menopause! Only available with placenta pills. Tinctures are ready to be picked up from me after 6-7 weeks. Shipping also available for an extra $10.

Frozen placentas can be encapsulated up to 6 months after the birth.

To Sign Up:
Please read this Placenta Encapsulation Agreement and fill out the form below.
I will respond by email to confirm that I am available for your due time and with further instructions. 

 

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Link to agreement at the top of the form

Here is a thorough explanation of the process:

Once you have given birth you will send me a text and I will let you know what time you can expect me to pick up your placenta or we coordinate when your friend or family member will be dropping it off to me. I start the encapsulation process within 24 hours of the birth.

The process is done in my home. All surfaces are sanitized with a bleach solution according to OSHA standards for blood borne pathogens. Surfaces are also covered with chux pads while I am working. All equipment is sanitized after use or is disposable (i.e. gloves, surface covers, lining for dehydrator). 

There is no chance of cross contamination and I have never had a mother get sick from the pills. I also do not encapsulate the placentas of any mothers with blood borne diseases. 

I clean the placenta of all clotted blood with hot water and then dehydrate the placenta from a raw state until it is completely dry. Dehydrating the placenta at 160 degrees for 14 hours ensures that harmful bacteria will be killed. I then grind the dehydrated placenta into a powder using a stainless steel coffee grinder (only used for placenta process) and put it into vegetarian capsules. Your jar of pills is ready within 2-3 days with detailed instructions for storage and consumption. The pills last for up to one year, depending on how you store them. Most mothers consume all of them within the first few months. Placentas vary in size and yield between 80-150 pills. 

I choose to do raw encapsulation instead of the Chinese medicine method which involves steaming the placenta before dehydrating. I believe there are important hormones and minerals lost in the steaming process, so the raw method gives mamas a more complete medicine. If you prefer the TCM version I am happy to provide you with a referral. 

**CDC Report on GBS and placenta encapsulation**
A recent report from the CDC shares the case of one baby in Oregon last September who had "early onset GBS infection" following the birth. This baby spent 11 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), went home for a few days, then was re-admitted and treated again for the same infection at another hospital, referred to as "late onset GBS infection". The mother was taking placenta pills that were later found to contain the GBS bacteria. The CDC report does not claim or prove causation of the late onset GBS infection. What the report does prove is GBS bacteria can be present in placenta pills when proper dehydration techniques are not employed. GBS bacteria was NOT found in the mother's breastmilk, so ingestion of the pills was not the cause of the late onset infection. GBS bacteria can survive on surfaces, skin and in the air, so it is likely that the mother or a family member who touched the baby could have passed the bacteria on the to the baby. This could have been from handling the placenta pills that contained GBS, or from GBS already present on the body and hands of the baby's family. To my knowledge this is the first case reporting any potential link of GBS infection and placenta pills. Though I understand the concern around safety standards and placenta encapsulation, I want to assure families that the process I use for encapsulation is safe, even for mothers who test positive for GBS. Testing positive means you have a colonization of the bacteria that can cause infection for a very small number of babies. Testing positive for GBS does not mean you have an infection. Here is a detailed article about GBS. The chances of this colonization causing infection for your baby is extremely small, and drastically reduced by standard precautions taken by medical care providers (such as antibiotics in labor for GBS+ mothers and monitoring of babies for signs of infection after birth). If a mother or baby develop any signs of infection after the birth (which happened in this CDC case), the placenta is NOT safe for encapsulation. To maintain the highest level of safety, I do not offer encapsulation for a mother that develops an infection during or after the birth, or whose baby has been admitted to the NICU for signs of infection. 

I encourage all families with concerns or questions about this case to thoroughly read the two articles below and make a decision that feels safe for them. 

Fact based response to the CDC response

CDC Report