Placentophagy is the term used to describe ingestion of the placenta after childbirth. This is not a new concept. It has been a tradition among many cultures for thousands of years.
Benefits of Placenta Ingestion
Increased Milk Supply
Decreased postpartum bleeding
Enhances mood, with decrease in “baby blues” and postpartum depression
Increased Iron levels
Regulates sleep patterns
Quicker overall recovery
One common way to ingest after birth placenta is to dehydrate it, grind it into a fine powder and place it in capsules. I offer 2 methods of encapsulation preparation. The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) method and the Raw Dehydrated method:
1. TCM Dehydrated Method
Preparing the placenta this way has been similarly used in TCM for thousands of years. The placenta is gently steamed on a bed of lemon, ginger and hot pepper. It is then dehydrated, powdered and encapsulated. In the process of being steamed, a “broth” forms. This broth can also be ingested for the nutritional properties or given to house plants and
or the garden to nourish. It can also be given to the Earth.
2. Raw Dehydrated Method
The Raw method skips the steaming process and gets put directly into the dehydrator after it has been gently washed and sliced. Moms who have experienced this method report a noticeable boost of energy. The temperature at which it is dehydrated is at 145 - 165degrees.
Other ways to use the placenta if encapsulation is not for you include:
Raw Placenta Cubes
This is the only truly raw method. The placenta is cut up into cubes and then placed in the freezer to use in cold or warm smoothies. Effects will be similar to Raw Dehydrated method.
A tincture is made by placing a small piece of the raw placenta in high grade alcohol and left to macerate for several weeks. This can increase the length and benefits of your placenta for both mother and child. The tincture can be used in any time of trauma, transition, emotional distress, menstrual difficulties and for mother later in life during menopause.
The prints are done before any washing or preparing of the placenta occurs, as it is the natural placenta blood that creates the print, and the prints are done on acid-free artists paper. Some families frame and hang them, or can be kept for personal keepsakes
Prices for the encapsulation preparation: steamed or raw (includes tincture, cord keepsake and placenta prints)
$300 for non-doula clients
$250 for doula clients to be paid at the time of service.
A la carte
just the pills
$250 TCM or raw
Raw placenta cubes
$100 whole placenta
$75 partial for non doula clients
$50 partial for doula clients
Placenta prints with encapsulation (added to ‘Just the pills”)
+$25 for two , $5 each additional print
+$50 for two prints with food grade color gel
Placenta prints only (without encapsulation preparation)
$50 for two prints
$75 for colored prints using paint.
chocolates with encapsulation (added to ‘just the pills’)
placenta SALVE with encapsulation (added to ‘just the pills’”
*Discounts for a combination of services may apply. Message me with any special orders.
A travel fee for services in excess of 25 miles from Mastic Beach, N.Y. may apply.
Cash/Check/Credit/Paypal accepted and due at time of order. Alternative payment plans available upon request. There is a fee of $35 for returned checks. All fees are non refundable.