The placenta nourishes you and your baby throughout pregnancy, producing a custom blend of hormones designed specifically for your body’s needs. Reintroducing these hormones during the postpartum period can help to speed up the healing process, boost milk production, ease your body’s transition into motherhood and can be A FIRST DEFENSE AGAINST POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION. The encapsulation process, which takes about two days to complete, can be done either in your home or our designated workspace, while you rest and bond with your family. We offer either raw or steam prep method encapsulation. A $60 retainer secures your place on our calendar and goes towards the encapsulation fee.
EASING THE TRANSITION
Raw Encapsulation: $225
Steam Prep Method: $225
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What's the difference between Raw Encapsulation and Steam Prep Encapsulation?
Both Raw Method and Steam Prep Method of encapsulation involve cleaning, prepping, and dehydrating the placenta for about 24 hours.
The Steam Prep Method includes an added step of an initial steaming of the placenta until it is fully cooked before it is transferred to the dehydrator for about 24 hours. We recommend the Steam Prep Method for clients who are GBS positive as an added safety measure.
Where does encapsulation take place?
Short answer: It’s up to you!
Longer answer: Many clients choose to have their placentas encapsulated in our Two Rivers’ workspace. If you choose this option, we take care of everything for you! We will come to you to pick up the placenta after baby is born, do all preparations in our space, and return to you with your finished products.
In-home encapsulation is a great option for families who want to ensure that the placenta remains in their possession at all times, and who’d like to be more personally involved in the process. This gives families the option to ask questions and explore the placenta if they choose, and it provides the comfort of personal services provided in the safety of their own space. In this instance, families are responsible for transport and safe keeping of the placenta and equipment during the encapsulation process.
What should I bring to the hospital?
You will need to bring two gallon-sized ziplock bags and a small cooler with you into the hospital for safe transport of the placenta. The cooler should be small to medium in size, large enough to fit a six-pack of beverages. Ice packs can also be useful to keep in the cooler, but the hospital will likely have ice available that you may use to keep the placenta chilled. Be sure to bring your cooler and ziplocks INTO the hospital room with you, so that your providers can help you to store it safely.
How long does encapsulation take?
The placenta encapsulation process usually takes about 48 hours. This applies to both in-home and TRC workspace preparation.
What's the deal with GBS and how does it affect encapsulation?
Group Beta Strep is a naturally-occurring bacteria found in our bodies and is present in over 25% of pregnant people who are tested between 35-37 weeks gestation. Presence of GBS does not necessarily mean there is an infection, just that the occurrence of this bacterial strain is present.
If you test positive, we ask that you give a heads up to your placenta specialist who will recommend the Steam Prep Method of encapsulation. Although our dehydrator is set to 170 degrees and bacteria cannot survive temperatures of 160 and above, we like to add an additional heating method as a precaution to ensure complete bacterial elimination so that your capsules are safe for consumption.
Where can I get more information?
You can either send us a message HERE or call our Placenta Specialist Julie Miller at (240)315-5606
Our Clients Say
I was worried how my body would adjust after giving birth to my daughter. I had heard a lot of stories about anxiousness and depression from the drastic change in hormones after giving birth. After doing some research I decided I wanted to try encapsulation. I have to say I feel great!! My body is functioning as it should, I’m healing great, and my skin looks perfect. I worked with Julie and she has been simply amazing. She was very quick both picking up and delivering my goods to me. I will definitely be giving her a call when I have my next child!Eliza R.
Bergen and Julie are the sweetest doulas around! We hired them for their placenta services, I was so excited to get them in chocolates!! They’re delicious!! They also went above and beyond during my pregnancy with their kindness, love and support! I’m forever grateful and blessed by these wonderful ladies!Lily S.
TRC/Julie encapsulated and created a beautiful print of the placenta—perfect for the nursery! Everything was created and packaged with care and impossibly cute—from the little bag for the umbilical keepsake to the adorable jars for the pills. Julie was so wonderful to work with, and both Julie and Bergen have a vast wealth of information!Chi H.