The placenta is a remarkable organ. It is an organ, just like your liver, kidneys or heart. But it’s the only organ the human body can grow when needed and remove when its job is done. And then your body can grow a new one when needed again. Your bag of waters, growing out of the margins of the placenta, is your baby’s home for many months, with your placenta providing everything your baby needs to grow and thrive. As Williams Obstetrics puts it, “It may not be pretty to look at, but it's the most beautiful organ there is.”
“THESE PLACENTA PILLS ARE AWESOME! I'm now 10 days postpartum, and chipper as anything. None of the crushing despair that usually engulfs my soul is present at all... It has made such a difference during these precious early days of having a new baby. This is the first time I have ever fallen joyfully, ecstatically in love with my baby before. Previous times, I've fallen tragically and morosely in love, while sobbing. Equal in magnitude and intensity, very different in mood and feeling.” --mother of 3
A few short notes:
- if you've already seen this page and you're just looking for the placenta capsule registration form, the link is here: Placenta Service Registration
- If you haven't registered yet but your due date is tomorrow/you're in labour/your baby was born yesterday it's not too late! Email or phone me, and if I'm in town and available we'll make it happen. Contact Me
- If you've read everything here but you still have questions, check out the Frequently Asked Questions page: Placenta FAQ
If you're not quite ready yet, read on!
So what happens when your body and your baby no longer need their placenta? It doesn't have to be discarded as medical waste. More and more families are choosing to keep their placenta and celebrate its health and strength.
Some people bury their placenta deep in the earth, perhaps planting a tree or shrub over it that their child can visit in the future. Some use ink and paper to preserve the image of the placenta’s beautiful treelike structure.
Others use their placenta the way it is used by almost all mammals that live and birth on land: to support the transition time after birth by consuming it. Those who have done it say that ingesting placenta can help rebuild their blood supply, help increase their milk production, help them feel more energy and less discomfort, and reduce or eliminate the baby blues.
You can take advantage of what your placenta has to offer without having to deal with it raw or use it all up immediately after the birth. It can be dried and prepared in capsules that you can take in the days and weeks after the birth of your baby.
The Traditional method of placenta encapsulation is based in the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Your placenta is gently steamed with lemon, ginger and hot peppers, and other herbs if needed, then dried and encapsulated. The herbs are not included in the capsules themselves, just pure placenta. This method is believed to be warming and replenishing to the postpartum body and circulatory system, and more supportive of mood.
The Raw method of placenta encapsulation is based in the principles of the Raw Foods movement. Your placenta is prepared for dehydration from the raw state. Your placenta must be very fresh. It is dehydrated at a higher temperature for the first hour or so to discourage the growth of bacteria, then lowered to below 115F for the rest of the dehydration time. This method is believed to better preserve vital enzymes. Some clients say it provides more of an energy boost. The Raw method makes about 25% more capsules, but the dehydration stage takes siginifantly longer.
Traditional or Raw, the choice is yours!
Umbilical Cord Keepsake
Typically, the umbilical cord is not included in the capsules. Instead, it is dried separately and presented in a cloth pouch to keep. It provides a loving memory of the first connection between parent and child. (If you don't want the cord, it can be included in your capsules.)
A tincture is made with fresh placenta components steeped in brandy. Swirled daily for six weeks, it creates a gentle placenta infusion that can be used long after your capsules are gone.
Standard prints are made with your fresh placenta and the natural blood onto heavy watercolour paper. It's a wonderful way to commemorate your placenta's beauty. This works well with decorative papers as well. Do you have another artistic idea you'd like to try? Contact me and we'll discuss it!
You don’t have to be a doula client to take advantage of Lucina Placenta Services. If you have questions or ideas about other ways to commemorate your amazing placenta, please get in touch.
~Special! May is the month we celebrate Birth!~
Book your encapsulation service during the month of May and receive the package of your choice at the old price of $200 for everything! (Babies do not need to be born in May, just book the service and make your deposit.)
Choose a standard package or create one of your own!
The Basics: $200
-capsules (one method), with or without umbilical cord keepsake
The Memories: $220
-capsules (one method), cord keepsake, prints
The Restoratives: $220
-capsules (one method), tincture
The Deluxe: $250
-capsules (half and half), cord keepsake, prints, tincture
$150 for Lucina Birth Services doula clients, regardless of place of preparation or package chosen.
Please see the registration form for full a la carte pricing.
If you're ready to book, everything you need is here:
Placenta Service Registration
Are you outside of Toronto?
I can refer you to a network of other Placenta Ladies. Have a look here: Lucina's Directory Page or here: Google Map of Independent Placenta Service Providers. If you don't find anyone in your area, drop me a line and I'll see if I can find any resources for you.
I am not a licensed medical professional and I am not able to diagnose, treat or prescribe for any health condition. Services and fees are for the preparation and encapsulation of your placenta, not for the sale of the pills. No specific benefits or effects are promised. It is your responsibility to determine whether using placenta preparations may be of benefit to you.