Massachusetts Placenta Encapsulation
Nourish your postpartum mind and body with your placenta: completely created by you - for you
Mothers who have tried placenta encapsulation have reported a more enjoyable postpartum, an increase in milk supply, higher energy and less fatigue, faster healing, increased iron supplies and reduced bleeding postpartum.
Have you heard others talk about the benefits of encapsulation and want to give it a try? You are in the right place. Bethany is a placenta encapsulator certified through the Association of Placenta Preparation Arts (APPA). APPA is the leader in placenta preparation and through it Bethany has immersed herself in the history of placentas, gained wisdom from placenta pioneers and studied the science behind what placenta have to offer. As we know safety is important to you Bethany and other encapsulators on the Golden Birth team maintain rigorous protocols and sanitation practices to ensure safety for all involved. All certified encapsulators have a certificate in Bloodborne Pathogens. Processing placenta pills is a process we d with love and honor and are proud to provide this as a quality service.
It is important to have a qualified encapsulator process your placenta for you. A mishandled placenta can lead to bacteria growth and put you or your baby at risk.
Take a look at our blog for common misconceptions and questions surrounding placenta encapsulation.
Take full advantage of the benefits of placenta encapsulation and have it done by someone who knows how to do it safely.
All work is done in our encapsulator's kitchen (rather than your home) as we prefer to process your placenta in a space where we know exactly what needs to be protected and where it will work. We need to be able to monitor the entire process without leaving the placenta alone. If you would like to see how we prepare our kitchen when processing or would like her to describe the process please reach out.
You may complete the Placenta Intake/Agreement Form and email it to us once we confirm availability. Once the deposit is received Bethany will send handling and storage instructions for pick up. We look forward to working with you!
A walnut sized piece of placenta is placed in a 2oz glass tincture bottle and dropper with 150 proof grain alcohol.
Placenta tincture can be used in creating Homeopathic Placenta Remedy as well as Placenta Essence. Mothers have reported similar affects to encapsulation including relieving symptoms of postpartum depression, PMS, and menopause. Unlike capsules, which have a shelf life of a 6 months to a year, a tincture may last your whole life.
Traditional Placenta Encapsulation
In the traditional method of placenta encapsulation the placenta is steamed over lemon, ginger and cayenne pepper to enhance the warming and tonifying properties before it is dehydrated at a minimum of 160°, ground and put into capsules. Herbs can be adjusted accordingly based on your birth experience or allergies.
The Raw Method of Encapsulation skips the steaming portion of the process and goes directly into the Dehydrator.
Placentas are known for the healing properties on skin. A salve can be used on skin irritation, scrapes, and perineal or c-section scarring once healed. Placenta has been used in hair and cosmetics for decades because it is beneficial and has a visually apparent effect.
"After my second birth she encapsulated the placenta for me and did an excellent job and was so fast! She picked up the placenta the morning after the birth from my home and in less than 48 hours she delivered the pills right to me. She did a great job explaining them and also made me a beautiful keepsake with part of the umbilical cord. Bethany is a kind and loving person who truly cares about the work she does. I highly recommend her services!"
- Rebecca Winter
The Research on Placenta Encapsulation
Placentas have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for centuries. Traditional Chinese theory believes a mother gives some of her own life essence when giving birth and is also depleted of qi (energy). As noted by the Materia Medica (Chinese medical text) the placenta is believed to reinforce the essence, warm the kidney channels, and cultivate blood and qi absorption. TCM believes the cold can lead to infection which leads to the belief for warming women after birth, inside and out. Warmth and heat increases circulation and soothes the tissues, which, in turn, aid in recovery.
In research done by Raeben Nolan it was noted cooking meat increased the nutrients available to the digestive track which would have otherwise been unabsorbed (Nolan, 2010; Ellen, 2010). This information helps make a strong argument for using the Traditional Method over the Raw Method. As the method approved by APPA (encapsulation certifying organization) is based only on traditional principles of the Materia Medica and not a direct translation we call it the Traditional Method rather then the TCM Method.