Placenta Encapsulation Description
Placenta encapsulation is the process of preparing the mother’s placenta after the birth of her baby by dehydrating, powdering and placing it into capsules for the mother to ingest. Placenta tincture is made by placing a portion of the placenta (raw or dehydrated) into 100 proof alcohol, letting the combination sit for 6 weeks and straining out the placenta leaving only a very powerful, healing liquid. The purpose of ingestion of the placenta is to reintroduce beneficial hormones, proteins, and other nutrients to her body following labor and birth to help restore physical and emotional balance, prevent or lessen the risk of “baby blues” that may lead to postpartum depression, increase breast-milk production, shorten healing time, increase maternal energy levels, and provide an over-all feeling of wellness to aid in the transition between pregnancy and the early postpartum period.
Limitations and Disclaimer
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. Any benefits will vary from person to person. Some of the described benefits of placenta consumption are supported by ongoing research; however these benefits have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. It is your responsibility to determine whether using placenta preparations may be of benefit to you.
It is your responsibility to notify me as soon after the birth as possible to make arrangements for pick up or drop off. Failure to do so may result in delayed placenta preparation and encapsulation and may cause decreased potency of nutrients, hormones, and other beneficial attributes of the placenta, and even spoilage of the placenta which would render it unusable for encapsulation.
It is your responsibility to discuss release of your placenta from the hospital where you give birth and to ensure proper storage of your placenta in a refrigerator or cooler with the placenta placed on ice until it can be delivered for preparation and encapsulation.
Amy Walker does not determine whether or not the placenta is suitable for consumption; it is your responsibility to discuss this with your care provider.
It is also your responsibility to inform me of any known blood-borne illness or other health issues (such as HIV, hepatitis, etc.) that could place me or any others who may come in contact with bodily fluids (specifically maternal and fetal blood and amniotic fluid) at risk.
In the interest of safety for myself and my clients, I choose not to work on any placentas if these illnesses are present.
Whether birthing at home or in a hospital, please ensure that your placenta is kept fresh. It can remain at room temperature for 3-4 hours following the birth. After that (or sooner if possible) it should be refrigerated or otherwise kept cool. If you are practicing some form of delayed cord cutting, ice packs may be wrapped up with the placenta to prevent spoilage for up to 4 hrs. postpartum. Placenta encapsulation cannot be done after a traditional lotus birth. The placenta should be frozen if the placenta encapsulation process cannot start within 2 days of the birth. Frozen placentas are best if prepared by 4 weeks; frozen placentas up to 6 months old can still be used. You can prepare your placenta for transport by placing it in a couple of large, freezer strength Ziploc bags or in a large plastic yogurt or ice cream container, then into a cooler with ice packs or into a refrigerator.
It is important to note that there may be circumstances under which your placenta cannot be used. Significant abnormalities of the placenta may necessitate your doctor or midwife sending your placenta to Pathology for further examination. Other conditions, such as signs of infection in the mother during labor, may mean that consuming your placenta will not be beneficial to you. If in doubt, consult your care provider before proceeding. It should be possible to claim your placenta after Caesarean surgery.
$200 for placenta encapsulation done in my home or $225 for placenta encapsulation in your home. Doula clients receive 10% off Placenta Encapsulation and Tincture.
$50 for placenta tincture
Cord keepsakes are available for free upon request only.
A $100 deposit is due upon signing this contract. The balance is payable on or before 36 weeks.
Payments may be made by personal check, cash or Paypal are approved forms of payment. I also accept credit card payments through Square with a convenience fee
If it is determined by your provider that it is unsafe to ingest your placenta due to infection or other complications I will refund the fee minus the $100 deposit.
If you choose to terminate this contract after releasing your placenta to me but before any preparation has begun, I will return your placenta to you for disposal and the $100 deposit will be retained. If you choose not to contact me at all, there will be no refund, due to the “on-call” nature of this business.