Placenta Encapsulation in vermont
A Potent Postpartum Remedy
The consumption of placenta, or placentophagy, is a potent remedy and useful preventative care measure during the postpartum period. Packed with essential vitamins, minerals and hormones, the placenta is exactly what you need in the days and weeks after giving birth! Placenta encapsulation makes consumption palatable and easy.
I prepare and encapsulate every placenta with the utmost love and care. I work with non-latex gloves in a well-sanitized work space. Learn more about the benefits of placenta encapsulation here. I always use vegetarian capsules.
Please choose between the following encapsulation methods:
Many people prefer their placentas to be encapsulated raw based on the idea that heat destroys vital enzymes in food. It may also be the case that the raw method yields a medicine with more hormones and nutrients than the TCM method. When your placenta capsules are prepared using the raw method, the placenta is thoroughly washed, carefully diced and dried, all without being exposed to temperatures higher than 118F. This method may take slightly longer, but often results in more capsules that may have higher nutritional content.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, the process of labor and birth leaves a lot of open, empty space, which is considered very yin, or cold. Therefore, many people seek to promote healing during the postpartum period by adding yang energy via what Chinese herbalists refer to as "heat". Using the TCM method, I gently steam the placenta with lemon, ginger and chili to add this heat, before dehydrating and placing in capsules. I steam for a short time so as to preserve the quality of the placenta. The final result is a warming, tonifying, and nourishing remedy for the postpartum.
Why encapsulate and consume your placenta?
The consumption of the placenta after birth is a common practice, and for good reason. The postpartum period can be challenging for many people, up to 80% of whom experience some form of postpartum depression or "baby blues", a mental and emotional state characterized by anxiety, feelings of discontent, and weepiness. Consuming the placenta is seen to remarkably counteract this phenomenon, restoring physical and emotional balance after giving birth.
Most of those who consume their baby's placenta report faster recovery, improved feelings of strength, energy and balance, more breast milk, and improved moods. It is said that consuming a small part of the placenta immediately after birth reduces blood loss, and longer term consumption replenishes essential vitamins, minerals and hormones, as well as reduces the incidence of postpartum depression. All of these amazing benefits are likely due to the fact that a healthy placenta contains an incredible amount of iron, vitamin B6, vitamin E, oxytocin, corticotropin, stem cells, and cytokines. Learn more about these elements and the benefits of placenta consumption through the Independent Placenta Encapsulation Network.
I charge $200 for placenta encapsulation. This flat rate includes:
- Encapsulation within 3 days of the birth at your home
- I will typically complete the capsules within 48 hours after your birth
- You will receive about 100 capsules, depending on the size of your placenta
- An umbilical cord keepsake
- Amber glass jar for storage
- Suggestions for use
* I charge an extra fee for placentas encapsulated beyond 30 miles of my home in Wolcott, VT.