of the more than 4000 species of earthly mammals,
there are only a handful that do not regularly engage
in consumption of their own placentas after birth.
placenta encapsulation is the process of preparing the mother's
afterbirth in a manner of two general methods (raw or TCM),
in order to then dehydrate, powder, and pack into small capsules
it is believed that this consumption returns the essential
hormones and nutrients lost during childbirth back to the mothers
body. the placenta is extremely nutrient-rich: high in iron, protein,
vitamins and minerals (including vitamin B6), and the mother's
natural hormones. this means the capsules are personalized for
the mother's nutritional needs alone, just as her breast milk will be
tailored specifically for her baby.
new mothers use placenta pills to help balance their emotional and physical systems as their hormones adjust to a non-pregnant state. i have personally known women who have saved some capsules for the time they begin to bleed again in order to soothe the physical symptoms of premenstrual syndrome with much success.
studied maternal benefits
assists the uterus in returning to its pre-pregnancy state
reduces post-natal bleeding
helps to balance hormones
increases general energy
increases production of breast milk
supports a more swift return to health after birth
decreases likelihood of iron deficiency
decreases likelihood of baby blues
decreases chances of post partum depression
decreases likelihood of insomnia or sleep disorders
choose one of 2 methods:
i charge $150 to perform this service for my own clients, and $180 for non-doula clients. this includes:
pick up of placenta at university of michigan, saint joes, or your home
method of your choice performed on placenta in my home
capsules delivered to your home upon completion
i request that a deposit of $100 be given at the time you select a service, with the remaining balance due upon delivery.
the processed placenta yields between 90 to 150 capsules; the raw method tending to produce a higher number
i prefer to have the placenta in my hands within 2 days after birth, but up to 3 days is acceptable
i will take 36 to 48 hours to ready and return it to the mama
capsules should be stored in the refrigerator while being consumed; freeze remaining capsules for long-term use
capsules should last at least 1 year and possibly longer
please know that to me this process is holy. to have the placenta of a powerful birthing woman in my hands, an organ that has held the life of her child for 10 months, it is wild beyond the beyond. i will forever find it humbling to be welcomed into the spaces of people i have no history with in order to witness and share in their experience. even if i have not attended your birth, i will treat your family and your placenta with respect.
"I was hesitant to encapsulate my placenta but I am SO glad I did! I noticed a marked difference in my emotions the first day I took it. Caryn is a lovely person and made the process so simple and convenient for a new mom. She was very easy to reach by phone and is so willing to answer all questions with patience. I would highly recommend Caryn to all women having babies!"
the raw method is based upon the idea that heat destroys
vital enzymes in food. all food preparation is restricted to temperatures less than 118 degrees F. in the case of placenta injestion, it is said that the raw method also yields a medicine with more vital hormones and nutrients than the TCM method.
traditional chinese method
TCM includes the additional step of steaming the placenta
prior to preparation. it is based on the theory that the process
of labor and birth leave a lot of open, empty space in the mothersbody. this open space is considered very yin, or cold. one way to promote healing during the postpartum period is to add yang energyvia heat. therefore steam and warming herbs are added intothe remedy, and the final result is warming, tonifying, and nourishing.
"Having my placenta encapsulated was something I wasn't sure about, but I am so happy I did. Caryn made me feel very comfortable from the beginning. She came to the hospital and picked it up and them dropped the finished product at my house, otherwise I don't know that
I could have managed to do it. I would recommend placenta consumption to all moms. The very next morning after taking it I felt increased energy and much more clear headed. I had been feeling very emotional prior to taking the capsules, crying with no provocation. After injesting them I felt much more content. If I have more children I will definitely repeat this service."