Placenta Encapsulation might not be for everyone, but we make it ease and hassle-free with peace of mind. The benefits? The placenta after born is not useless! It is filled with all the lost hormones of birth and also store and stores of iron! Exactly what a recovering mom needs to expedite healing, balance milk and help avoid postpartum mood disorders.
Most parents choose to encapsulate their placenta for the believed benefits the placenta has been raved about to have. Other than encapsulation, you have the option of having your placenta prepped raw for optimal benefits. Midwives and doulas alike have had numerous accounts of positive feedback from parents on consuming their placenta.
The day of your birth, you (our your Birth Doula!) will call the placenta encapsulator, Lisa, will pick up your placenta at your birth location, process and delivery capsules to your home a few days later.
Lisa Kestler is a certified encapsulator through The Association of Placenta Preparation Arts. The Association of Placenta Preparation Arts is the leader in Placenta Encapsulation training and holds a very high standard of practice and ethics. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy. While working in the hospital setting she focused on adult and neonatal intensive care and labor and delivery.
As a Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist Lisa strictly follows all OSHA and EPA guidelines while she prepares your placenta. She is also required to carry a Texas Food Handlers Card and follow the same guidelines that are used in food service. She has training in Blood Borne Pathogens. Please visit here www.placentaassociation.com to learn more about guidelines.
Two years into training she went on a midwife mission trip to the Dominican Republic where she ended up meeting a midwife from Canada who talked about encapsulating placentas to help with postpartum depression. In 2010 her and her husband had their third child, and Lisa decided to put her midwife training on hold. However, she kept her passion to help women in pregnancy and birth she remained involved in birth work. At last, this led her back to placenta encapsulation. She processed her first placenta in August of 2011 and since that time has encapsulated more than 1000 placentas!
After the birth of her fifth child she encapsulated her own placenta to try and help with the postpartum depression she had experienced before, which worked! She had so much energy, her milk came in faster and overall felt she recovered quicker than before. After the birth of her next child she did the same with the same fantastic postpartrum results.
Options for Processing:
First, the placenta will be steamed and then dehydrated. Next, placed into capsules. Potential benefits of encapsulating your placenta include: replenishing your iron, increasing your energy, lessen postnatal bleeding, increase milk production, balance your hormones, and help uterus return to the pre-pregnancy state quicker.
Each dehydrated placenta processing comes with a complimentary optional cord keepsake. If you wish not to have the keepsake, please notate so on the form.
Many mother and midwives report better results when consuming the placenta raw vs dehydrated. Depending on the birth and professional guidance, raw might be a better option for many mothers. The option for raw also shortens the time before the mother is able to begin consumption. When you hire our birth doula she will bring your placenta to your home, clean all areas/tools with peroxide, then process your placenta into small baggies with a small amount of your choice of frozen fruit. The prepared bags go into your own freezer to use later for smoothies. Most placentas yield 15-25 cubes. If you do not have a Village Doula, an additional cost of $120 is applied for being on call for placenta pickup and prep.
Your placenta will be encapsulated in the only stand alone commercial kitchen in Central Texas dedicated solely to placenta processing. The area, supplies and process meet or exceed all OSHA guidelines and safety practices. Lisa also takes the utmost care to the highest safety standards for food handling during the transport, labeling, processing and storage temperatures, disposing of and sanitizing of all equipment all the way to delivery.
Pricing depends on location of birth.
Raw Cubes: $120*
*Cost for picking up placenta may vary based on birth location. Commute cost of $25 per 30 minute commute is also required.
This service includes being on call during your due time, preparing, drying and encapsulating your placenta. Each dehydrated placenta should yield 120-240 capsules. Each raw cube processing is about 20-30 smoothie prepared bag.