Cincinnati & Dayton Placenta Encapsulation
Postpartum sucks, there we said it. You spend nearly ten months with your body full of hormones that come crashing down after you give birth. You're sore, you're recovering, you're trying to be superhuman while your hormones are all over the place, and to top it all off, you are now responsible for a tiny human that relies on you completely and has no sense of day or night that is keeping you up at all hours.
We know, Tamara went through severe postpartum depression with one of her daughters and had a rough postpartum recovery with several other children. Placenta Encapsulation will not magically fix everything, but it can help you through those first couple of weeks while you and baby find your rhythm together.
Placenta Encapsulation: $275*
Placenta Encapsulation: $250**
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*We travel to families in the Cincinnati, Dayton and Northern Kentucky area for placenta encapsulation. An additional $30 charge applies if the pick up/drop-off location is more than 30 miles from Tamara's home in Lebanon, Ohio
**discounted pricing applies to families adding placenta encapsulation to their birth doula package
What Is Placenta Encapsulation?
Placenta encapsulation is a postpartum practice that can offer potential benefits to the mother. This practice involves steaming, dehydrating, and grinding the placenta into a powder, which is then placed into pills for the mother to consume. Placenta encapsulation is thought to help fight postpartum depression, restore hormonal balance, provide vitamins and minerals to the body, and build up the mother's energy and strength after childbirth.
Stork Helpers will prepare approximately 150-200 capsules, varying on the size of the placenta. We package your placenta into FDA-approved capsules so that the nutrients are easily assimilated and absorbable. The capsules will be delivered to your home within 3-5 business days after receiving the placenta.
How Is Placenta Encapsulation Done?
The placenta encapsulation process starts with determing how you want your placenta prepared - either being steamed (Traditional Method) before begining the dehydration process or it can be dehydrated immediately (Raw Method).
After steaming for around 24 hours, the placenta is ground into a powder and sealed into vitamin sized capsules for your consumption during the postpartum weeks following birth.
Placenta Encapsulation Benefits:
Helps Balance Postpartum Hormones
Stabilize Hormones After Birth
During the pregnancy the placenta produces stress fighting hormones. Once the placenta is no longer present, it can take months for the brain and body to level out the hormones. During this time, the instability can cause depressive symptoms.
By ingesting the placenta after birth, the mother is reintroducing these vital hormones to her body, until her brain signals its own production and can level it out on its own.
Energy to do what you need to do.
The placenta is packed full of iron, which is the most important element in building and maintaining the body's blood supply. Replenishing this much blood, rich in iron, after birth is a major task to take on. Having low iron may result in fatigue, lack of concentration, depression, and other symptoms.
It is estimated that up to 50% of US citizens have some form of low iron or anemia. Having low iron often results in lower hormone levels, fatigue, lack of concentration and depressive symptoms. In studies, women with postpartum depression given iron supplements improved greatly.
Increased Milk Production
The reason placenta pills are thought to help with production of breast milk is because the placenta is packed with valuable nutrients and hormones that have been linked to increasing milk supply, including:
- Estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, all hormones that aid in the development of the mammary glands and help to prepare the breasts for lactation.
- Prolactin, which is the key hormone that is responsible for the production of breast milk.
Receive Nutrients from Placenta
The placenta holds many nutrients that can still be used to benefit you after birth as your body heals.
- Stem Cells and Growth Factors
- Iron – essential for oxygen absorption in the cells
- vitamins B6 – aids in the making of antibodies
- Vitamin E – for healing damaged skin cells
- Oxytocin hormone – essential for facilitating birth and breastfeeding
- Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) – responsible for reducing stress levels
- Cytokins – Fibroblasts that trigger cell metabolism healing and replacing damaged cells and tissue
- Oxytocin- The feel good or love hormone. Creates feelings of bonding, pain relief, happiness and elation.
- Cortisone- This hormone unlocks energy stored in the body and combats stress. (cortisol)
- Interferon- This hormones stimulates the immune system to fight off infections while the mother is healing from birth.
- Prostaglandins- Acts as an anti-inflammatory.
- Hemoglobin- Replenishes iron, stimulates iron production in blood.
- Urokinase inhibiting factor and factor XIII- Lessens bleeding and promotes faster healing.
- Prolactin- Stimulates healthy mammary function and milk production.
Decreases Postpartum "Baby Blues"
80% of mothers experience it in the first days and weeks after giving birth. Because it is so common, nothing is typically done about it until it worsens into a diagnosis of postpartum depression, at which time anti-depressants may be prescribed.
However, anti-depressants are passed to the baby through breastmilk, and mothers who do not want to expose their babies to these medications are often faced with the decision to either stop breastfeeding or struggle with depression.
Placenta Encapsulation may assist you with the "baby blues" without having to pass anti-depressants to your baby.
Placenta tincture is the most effective way to preserve your placenta for long term use. The tincture process preserves some of your placenta in high quality drinking grade alcohol. After six weeks of curing, your tincture will gain its potency.
It can assist with hormonal changes and boost the immune system during times of transition, assist with menstrual cycles, menopause and even thyroid issues.
Placenta Tinctures: $25/bottle.
Placenta salve is a topical way to enjoy the benefits of placenta. The placenta is extremely rich in stem cells, T-cells, vitamins, hormones and nutrients. It has fantastic anti-inflammatory properties. Your placenta is infused in a safe, all purpose herbal salve.
The salve can be used for, chaffing, perineal tears, hemorrhoids, your c-section scar after 2 weeks of healing, burns, eczema, sun burn and other skin irritations.
IMPORTANT: For topical use ONLY- Not meant for ingestion.
Placenta Salve: $25/jar.
A handcrafted print of your placenta is a magnificent way to remember your pregnancy and birth journey.
Your placenta is hand printed onto a fine Artist's Paper or a canvas using your choice of either the natural coloring of the placenta or confectionary coloring.
Placenta Print: $20
Placenta Canva: $30
Placenta Encapsulation FAQ's:
Information About Safety Protocols
Safety is important!
You can trust that your placenta is in good hands. You'll know there is zero risk of cross-contamination. Tamara is certified in safe food handling protocols and in bloodborne pathogen prevention protocols. You can rest easy, knowing that your capsules contain only your pure placenta.
Are there risks to placenta encapsulation?
Research Your Options
As with anything, you should do your own research to determine if placenta encapsulation is right for you.
Research suggests there is limited risk of ingestion by the postpartum person. Occasionally people have experienced jitteriness or dizziness after taking the pills and proper care needs to be taken prior to encapsulation to store the placenta properly to ensure safety. If you observe any negative effects, you should discontinue and consult your provider about whether continuing is the right choice for you.
How Do I Get My Placenta?
Regardless of whether you are having a home birth or a hospital birth, you should let them know ahead of time of your intentions.
If you are having a hospital birth, you will want to bring this up at the hospital again with your birth team, potentially a couple of times. Each hospital has different policies and you will most likely have to sign paperwork to take your placenta. Some hospitals will allow you doula to take the placenta with them immediately after the birth, others will only allow you to take it after you have been discharged and we will need to set up another time in the coming days.
Is There Any Reason Why You Will Not Encapsulate My Placenta?
We will not encapsulate your placenta if you have smoked during pregnancy, have any sexually transmitted diseases, hepatitis or HIV/Aids. If you have Strep B during pregnancy, we can talk about methods to disinefct the placenta, with the choice ultimately being yours.
If you developer a fever during childbirth, I may be unable to encapsulate your placenta due to riskk of infection. We can work with your doctor or midwife to rule infection out to determine if safety.
How Many Capsules Should I Take?
Each placenta and every women is different. While the average placenta will allow for about 160 capsules, we have seen placentas provide as little as 100 and some over 200.
We will provide instructions with your pills, but on average, you will see a suggested dosage of approximately:
- 2-3 capsules up to 3 times per day for the first 1-2 weeks
- 1-2 capsules up to 2 times per day for the next couple of weeks
- 1 pill up to 1 time a day until completed.
How Do I Store My Placenta Pills?
You need to store your capsules in a cool, dry, dark place like a cabinet or pantry. All pills are placed into amber colored jars to prevent as much light from coming through as possible.