Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Inspired Method: $250 ($50 deposit + $200)
This method is derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine, combined with experience, knowledge, and wisdom passed down through generations of women. The placenta is rinsed of its blood and steamed with the herbs myrrh and ginger. The myrrh is used to pull the essence of the placenta back into it, and is said to have special "blood-moving" powers to purge stagnant blood from the uterus. The ginger is used for the aroma during steaming and to lessen the aftertaste in the capsules, and is considered a warming and stimulating spice. I use wild-harvested and certified organic herbs. The placenta is then dehydrated, ground into a fine powder-like substance, put into clear vegetarian capsules, and presented to you in a glass jar.
Multiples: $75/ additional placenta
If you're expecting multiples and want to have each baby's placenta encapsulated, don't panic about the price! I only charge a small fee per multiple placenta beyond the first full-priced encapsulation service.
Flavored gelatin capsules
If you prefer your placenta to be prepared using flavored gelatin capsules as opposed to the clear, unflavored capsules, I can do that too! Flavors include: strawberry, berry, bubblegum, coffee, lime, mint, and orange. I do not keep a steady inventory of all flavors, and availability of all flavors can't be guaranteed, so please let me know no later than four weeks before your estimated due date to ensure I get the capsules ordered in time!
Umbilical Cord Keepsake
FREE with Encapsulation Service/ $35 Individually
Each placenta encapsulation includes an umbilical cord keepsake. Some cultures believe that the spirit of the new baby resides in the umbilical cord, and it is ritualistically dried and preserved. In Japan, it is a ritual known as Hesono O, and is believed to ensure a strong mother-child relationship. I choose to honor this tradition by drying the cord in the shape of a heart, when possible. If you prefer not to have the umbilical cord keepsake, I will include the cord in your capsules instead.
8 oz.: $50
Each placenta tincture is made from a 2-3 inch piece of the mother’s own raw placenta as well as a small piece of the umbilical cord. It is steeped in 80-100 proof alcohol (I typically use vodka), making a strong remedy over 6 weeks, and can be kept indefinitely. This becomes the “Mother Tincture”. It is a concentrated, highly soluble form of placenta consumption for more immediate relief. If you decide you want a tincture made after the placenta has been encapsulated, an alternative tincture can be made using a small portion of your capsules.
The placenta tincture can be taken orally, either dropped under the tongue or in a glass of water. Like placenta capsules, placenta tincture is beneficial for mama during the postpartum period in many of the same ways, later in life during transition and stressful times, and may also be very beneficial for treating PMS and menopause. Unlike placenta capsules, placenta tincture is not suited for everyday use. You can add more alcohol to your tincture each time the bottle gets below 3/4 full to extend indefinitely.
Includes an 8 oz. bottle, plus a 1 oz. bottle with dropper.
9x12" natural print: $20/$10 coupled with Placenta Encapsulation
A placenta print is made by pressing the placenta against a piece of acid-free watercolor paper. The blood from the placenta is absorbed by the paper and creates a unique tribute to the 'tree of life' that supported your baby for months and can be cherished for years to come. This method is recommended if you plan to consume your placenta. (Note: The best prints tend to be made when the placenta has not been washed with water)
9x12" color print: $30/$20 coupled with Placenta Encapsulation
A placenta print is made by applying artificial food dye to the placenta and then pressing the placenta against a piece of acid-free watercolor paper. The dye from the placenta is absorbed by the paper and creates a unique tribute to the 'tree of life' that supported your baby for months, and can be cherished for years to come.
You may choose your color combination (looks best with no more than three colors) or leave the choice to me. The colors of choice are Kelly Green, Violet, Pink, Brown, Lemon Yellow, Black, Red, Royal Blue, Golden Yellow, Burgundy, Teal, and Copper. Dyes are made in a facility that also processes tree nuts, egg, and soy.
Sacred Bengkung Belly Binding Sessions
Bengkung Binding using Rainbow Batik Wrap: $75/ $65 coupled with Placenta Encapsulation
Bengkung Binding using Unbleached Muslin Wrap: $65/ $55 coupled with Placenta Encapsulation
I will come to your home in the early postpartum days (for c-section mamas, when the incision is mostly healed) to wrap you once. At this time I will also teach your spouse/partner/support person how to wrap you & give hands-on instruction, so the binding can be repeated for days to come.
Bengkung Belly Binding is a binding method based in Malaysia. It is an effective and important part of a mama's recovery that aids the body to shrink and recover in a shorter time period (normally six to eight weeks). A belly bind provides a mama's postpartum body with 360° of support to assist the abdominal wall muscle retraction, improve posture, stabilize loosened ligaments, and provide support to the torso. while vital organs return to their pre-pregnancy size and position.
With this binding, I will help support those muscles and organs and provide a warm environment in which healing is more rapid.
For more information on the benefits this has to offer, see the Sacred Bengkung Belly Binding page.
Placenta Encapsulation & Birth Doula Services
10% off both services (sorry, no other promotions or discounts can be combined with this offer)
I have partnered with a wonderful Doula, Shawna Whitten of Precious Beginnings Doula Services, serving the Tri-Cities. We are offering our services at a special combined rate to mamas who would like to experience the benefits of having a doula for their birth, as well as those of placenta encapsulation during the postpartum period ($725 value).
This package deal includes the TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) inspired method of placenta encapsulation (see detailed description above) as well as Shawna's Birth Doula Services, which include:
• One complimentary interview to discuss services and to decide if you and Shawna are a good match for each other.
• Unlimited email and phone support from the date of hire.
• Two prenatal meetings to help you get acquainted and to discuss your desires for your unique birth experience.
• Continuous physical and emotional support during your labor, birth, and through the initiation of breastfeeding.
• Basic photography or video if so desired.
• Partner/Family support so that they can have a written birth story documenting your birth.
• One to two postpartum meetings depending on your needs to assist with breastfeeding questions, review your experience, and answer any new parenting questions you may have.
• New parenting support. You are always welcome to email Shawna with any questions.
The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during, and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
A Birth Doula:
• Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
• Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
• Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
• Stays with the woman throughout the labor
• Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions
• Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner, and her clinical care providers
• Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience
• Allows the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level
If you'd like more information on the Birth Doula Services Shawna offers, as well as postpartum and bed rest support, check out the Precious Beginnings website!
Although I'm eager to provide services to everyone in and around the Tri-Cities, locations more than 30 miles from my home in the Tri-Cities will incur a $50 travel fee. To avoid the additional travel fee, I am always willing to meet halfway. To set up a meeting place, please contact me directly so we can make a plan.
Despite a long history of safe use, these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. I do not intend to make medical treatment claims. Services provided are not clinical, pharmaceutical, or intended to diagnose or treat any condition. Families who choose to utilize the services offered take full responsibility for their own health and for doing the research necessary to make a truly informed decision to utilize any offered services. I am not a doctor or a clinical care provider. Please consult your medical care provider immediately if you have any concerns, require any medical treatment, or need to make medical decisions about your healthcare and well-being. Placenta Services are not a substitute for medical care from a licensed clinical care provider.
I have received specialized training from Placenta Benefits.info and have completed an approved educational course in Bloodborne Pathogens & Infection Control for Doulas, Midwives, & Placenta Encapsulators in accordance with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard 29 CFR 1090.1030. I am also trained in Food Safety and am a Washington State Food Worker Cardholder. I follow these standards with each client and placenta I work with.