What Are The Benefits?
It is believed that consuming the placenta can:
Help to balance your hormones
Replenish depleted iron levels
Assist the uterus to return to its pre-pregnancy state
Reduce post-natal bleeding
Increase milk production – this has been proven in a study
Make for a happier, more enjoyable post-natal period
Increase your energy levels
Baby blues can effect up to 80% of women within the first week of birth. Women who consume their placenta report fewer emotional issues and a more enjoyable babymoon. Who wouldn’t want that?!
Studies have shown that the placenta is extremely nutrient rich, high in iron, protein, vitamins and minerals, as well as your own natural hormones, making it perfectly created for you, by you. Experts agree that the placenta retains hormones, and thus reintroducing them to your system may ease hormonal fluctuations.
As an Independent Placenta Service Provider, I offer both the Traditional Chinese Method and the Raw Dehydration Method of preparation. Also available are Placenta Prints, Umbilical Keepsake, Placenta Tincture and Umbilical Cord Dreamcatchers.
Placenta encapsulation is the process of preparing a mother’s placenta directly following birth. Consuming one's placenta has been shown to replenish your body of what was lost during childbirth, as well as restore your overall balance. After separating the placenta from from the umbilical cord, it is rinsed, drained of maternal and fetal blood, dehydrated, and powdered, to be placed into vegetarian, non-gelatin capsules for the mother to ingest. The Traditional Chinese Method first cooks the placenta with a mixture of lemon, jalapeño peppers, and ginger, while the Raw Dehydration Method leaves the placenta as is. Both procedures are then dehydrated and encapsulated.
In addition to encapsulation, some mothers choose to preserve a small piece of the raw placenta that can be used in addition to, and long after the capsules are gone. By tincturing a small piece of the placenta in a high grade alcohol, one can increase the length and benefits of the placenta for both mother and child. The tincture can be used in any time of trauma, transition, emotional distress, or for the mother later on in life during menopause, or to be turned into a homeopathic remedy.
Placenta prints can be a great addition to the baby book. Some families wish to commemorate their child's birth with a keepsake art print of the placenta. Before the encapsulation process begins, the placenta is placed directly onto a 9x12 acrylic paper in order to show the “Tree of Life” design. Prints are always done with the blood of the placenta, and never with any paints or pigments. Umbilical Cord Keepsake
Similar to the placenta prints, some mothers choose to keep the umbilical cord to include in baby books, keepsake boxes, or to bury ceremonially. Your baby’s umbilical cord is dried into a heart and placed in an Organza drawstring pouch as a keepsake. The umbilical heart symbolizes the loving bond between mother and child.
Traditional Method $259
This form of placenta preparation is inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine and follows the preparation of lightly steaming the placenta before dehydration. Lemon and ginger are added to the steaming pot to aid digestion, and promote warming for the mother. The placenta is then thinly sliced, dehydrated, and ground into a fine powder. The powder is then placed into capsules.
Raw Start Dehydration Method $259
This method is prepared by thinly slicing the placenta prior to dehydration, without cooking or steaming it. I do bathe it in lemon juice prior to dehydration to prevent any bacteria from forming . After dehydration, the placenta is then ground into a fine powder and placed into capsules.
Placenta Tincture Add Ons $29 per 2 oz
A small piece of placenta is placed within grain alcohol to create a tincture. This tincture can be used when the placenta pills are finished to offer a similar support to the mother.
Placenta Art Prints $15
Similar to watercolor prints. They are beautiful keepsakes of “The Tree of Life” that sustained your baby during pregnancy. All prints are safely archived on acid-free paper.
Umbilical Keepsakes Free with purchase of encapsulaiton. Available upon request.
Each keepsake is a small piece of the umbilical cord dehydrated into either a spiral or heart shape.
What's the process?
1. Fill out the placenta registration form.
2. We ask for a 25$ non-refundable deposit to place you on our calendar. Unless you opt to pay upfront.
3. Bring a cooler with you to the hospital. I suggest putting it in your car as soon as possible.
The hospital will provide ice.
4. Call us or text when you go into labor. We appreciate the heads up!
5. When you get to the hospital, tell your docotor or nurse you want to keep your placenta.
They will have paperwork for you to sign.
6. They will place your placenta in a container.
7. Place the container in the cooler. Fill the cooler with ice. The hospital will provide the ice.
8. Call us when the placenta is ready to be picked up.
9. We pick up the placenta as soon as we can. Times may vary.
10. We process it as soon as we can. We deliver it within 2-3 days.
11. We deliver the finished product to you, and at that time the full payment is due.
If you buy a tincture as an add on, you will have to come pick it up at one of our 2 office locations when it is ready. The tintures take 8 weeks for extracting.
Do you have any questions? Contact us! 619-320-5253
Frequently asked Questions
When should I call you to pick up the placenta?
Please call me and or text me as soon as labor starts. Call or text again once the placenta is ready to be picked up.
What do I do with the placenta at the hospital?
I suggest asking for any placenta release forms your hospital may have, and filling them out ahead of time.
Let your doctor know you plan to take your placenta home. BRING A SMALL COOLER WITH YOU TO THE HOSPITAL. The nurses will place your placenta in a sterile container or bag, then you can place your placenta in the cooler. The hospital will provide the ice. You may want to bring your own frozen ice packs to begin with as they are less messy. If you forget your cooler, place the container containing the placenta in a sink or babys bah tub (provided by the hospital) and place ice around it.
Do you pick up the placenta and deliver the finished product?
Yes, that is include in the total price of encapsulation, within 20 miles from downtown San Diego. A dollar a mile is charged for every extra mile. I can pick up the placenta from you, process it, and deliver it. You also have the option of dropping off the placenta and picking it back up. I can also process the placenta in your home. Please send an email with your preferences.
Is there a deposit?
Yes, there is a $25 deposit (non-refundable) to hold your place on our Placenta Calendar. Only one placenta can be processed at a time, for safety and sanitation. Once you have placed your depoist, please email us with the following information. Name, Hospital, Due Date, Processing Method, and any additional Placenta products youd like.
When is the placenta prepared?
Ideally, the placenta preparation takes place as soon as possible after delivery, within the first 72 hours, allowing you and baby to benefit from the most potency the placenta has to offer. The first two weeks are the most important and effective time to be taking the placenta; therefore, the sooner the better.
Where is the placenta prepared?
The placenta is processed in a sterile environment, using sterile equipment, with love and patience, giving you the greatest quality and care you can ask for. I am a Certified Herbalist that is extensively trained in handling placenta and adhere to the strictest standards of safety as set forth by OSHA and the EPA, and conforming to local health department guidelines for food preparation and safety protocols.
Where should I store my placenta pills?
It is recommended to store the pills in the freezer. We deliver the pills in a freezer safe, airtight jar.
What is the recommended dosage?
The common dosage is 3 capsules, up to 3 times a day for the first 2 weeks. After 2 weeks you can start to decrease the dosage down to 2 pills a day as needed. Some women save the remainder in the back of the freezer for PMS or even menopause.
Is there any time I should NOT take the pills?
Placenta pills should not be taken if the body is fighting off a common cold, flu, or infection. If you should get a breast infection (mastitis), the pills should not be taken until infection is cleared. If symptoms such as chills, fever, sneezing, aches, flushed cheeks, hot palms and feet, or night sweats should occur, stop taking the capsules until the body has fought this off.
What if I have an epidural or a C-section?
It is still safe and beneficial, even if an epidural was administered, or C-section was performed. The placenta acts as a filter, filtering out toxins and sending them back to the mother’s liver to be detoxed from the system. Mothers who have had epidurals or C-sections benefit from the placenta pills just as well as natural birth mothers.
What are the recommended dosages and indications for Placenta Tincture?
Suggested dosage of 7-10 drops of tincture can be put in a glass of water for the mother to drink during times of transition after placenta pills are gone. Some women have reported using the placenta tincture to successfully treat the symptoms of postpartum depression, PMS, and menopause. You can take up to 40 drops, twice a day. Follow the cues of your body. Suggested dosage of 3-5 drops can be given in water to the child when they are sick, getting sick, or in a time of physical or emotional transition such as teething, weaning, separation anxiety, etc. it can be given to a sibling as well, but ideally each child would have their own placenta tincture. You can use the tincture directly, or use it as a base for other remedies.
How do I store the Placenta Tincture?
Keep the Placenta Tincture stored in a cool, dry place and it should keep indefinitely.
*The information on this page has not been evaluated by the FDA due to the nature of this service. Rebirth and staff make no medical treatment claims. Services provided are not clinical, pharmaceutical, or intended to diagnose or treat any condition. Families who choose to utilize the services on this page take full responsibility for their own health and product usage.