Doula of Napa Valley - Labor Support, Childbirth Education and Placenta Encapsulation
Why Encapsulate?

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Placentophagy, or consumption of the placenta, has been reported for decades to help stop the baby blues and diminish postpartum fatigue.  Some women have cooked the placenta in a stew, mixed it into a smoothie, or even taken it raw to tap into its powerful effects. For many who feel squeamish about this or want to reap the benefits of placenta for more than just a day or two, there is another option: placenta encapsulation.  The placenta can be dried, ground, and encapsulated. The capsules can then be taken daily for a number of weeks. Powdered placenta has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries.  In the postpartum period, placenta capsules have been shown to:

  • Balance hormones
  • Increase and enrich breastmilk
  • Increase energy
  • Decrease baby blues and postpartum depression
  • Decrease lochia, postpartum bleeding
  • Decrease iron deficiency
  • Decrease insomnia or sleep disorders
  • Decreases postpartum "night sweats"

Placentas are rare and powerful - make the best use of the ONE available. Encapsulation is by far the optimum choice for ingestion and preservation.
The Placentas Healing Chemicals
The known ingredients that give the placenta its healing properties are:
Gonadotrophin - the precursor to estrogen, progesterone and testosterone
Prolactin - promotes lactation
Oxytocin - for pain and bonding; produced during breastfeeding to facilitate bonding    of mother and infant. In pharmaceutical form this is a very addictive drug because it promotes a feeling of connectedness with others and is often referred to as the “love” hormone
Interferon - stimulates the immune system to protect against infection
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone -  boosts energy and helps recover from stressful events
Cortisone - combats stress and unlocks stores of energy
Prostaglandins - anti-inflammatory
Hemoglobin - replenishes iron deficiency and anemia
Gammaglobulin -  immune booster that helps protect against postpartum infections
Urokinase Inhibiting Factor & Factor XIII - stops bleeding and enhances wound healing
The placenta is full of feel-good hormones and healing chemicals, so it makes sense to safely welcome them back into your system during your postpartum period, in order to have a happy babymoon.
Placenta Encapsulation Services

I will pick up your placenta within 48hrs of delivery, I can then bring it to my home (or yours if you prefer) for preparation, dehydration, and encapsulation. The entire process usually takes 2-3 days, depending on size and method of preparation. The total cost for this service is $200. I provide placenta encapsulation for the Napa Valley and North-East Bay Area in California. If you are in another area and wish for me to encapsulate your placenta for you, there will be an additional travel charge.


What is the cost?
Placenta Encapsulation is $200, I can include a spiral or heart cord keepsake and/or one 9x12 placenta print for no additional charge, just ask! Tinctures are $25 per 4oz bottle. Additional placenta prints are $25 for a set of five.

How many capsules will I get?
It is impossible to know how many capsules your placenta will make. They are all unique in size, shape, etc.. However, the average is about a 4 month supply (with a 3-5 month range).

What type of supplies are used and how are they sterilized?
The supplies used during the placenta encapsulation process are all stainless steel, food grade plastic, or disposable. Everything is thoroughly washed with soap and hot water and sanitized in bleach or medical grade disinfectant solution. I follow the same guidelines for cleanliness and sanitation that are used in food service establishments and small laboratories. 
**I have also completed Food Safety and Handling training and hold a current Food Handler card according to California State and OSHA standards. I also hold a current certificate of completion for Blood Borne Pathogen training. This is all in addition to the training I have received around blood borne pathogens, sterilization & exposure controls as a Licensed Midwife.
What is proper placenta care & handling for encapsulation?
After the birth, the placenta should be placed into a container or bag, sealed tightly and refrigerated or placed on ice until I get there. Encapsulation would preferably begin within the first 48hrs but can be done anytime during the first 6 days
if the placenta is kept cold the entire time
 (TCM method will be used in this case). If encapsulation does not begin within the first 6 days, the placenta should be double bagged and placed into the freezer.

If you have any further questions about placenta encapsulation, please feel free to contact me! 
Doula of Napa Valley 
Heather Hilton, LM, CPM
Offering Home Birth, Labor Support, Childbirth Education and Placenta Encapsulation in the Napa Valley and North Bay Area 
Napa, Ca  
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