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Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Balance your hormones 
  • Recover more quickly from childbirth
  • Increase milk supply
  • Prevent and help treat postpartum depression
  • Combat fatigue
  • Prevent signs of aging
  • Increase postnatal iron levels

Placenta Services

As an Independent Placenta Service Provider, I offer both the Traditional Chinese Method and the 
Raw Dehydration Method of preparation. Also available are Placenta Prints, Umbilical Keepsake,
and Placenta Tincture.

Studies have shown that the placenta is extremely nutrient rich, high in iron, protein, vitamins and minerals, as well as your own natural hormones, making it perfectly created for you, by you. Experts agree that the placenta retains hormones, and thus reintroducing them to your system may ease hormonal fluctuations.

Placenta Encapsulation
Placenta encapsulation is the process of preparing a mother’s placenta directly following birth. Consuming one's placenta has been shown to replenish your body of what was lost during childbirth, as well as restore your overall balance. After separating the placenta from from the umbilical cord, it is rinsed, drained of maternal and fetal blood, dehydrated, and powdered, to be placed into vegetarian, non-gelatin capsules for the mother to ingest. 

The Traditional Chinese Method first cooks the placenta with a mixture of lemon, jalapeño peppers, and ginger, while the Raw Dehydration Method leaves the placenta as is. Both procedures are then dehydrated and encapsulated. 

Placenta capsules are used to​:

Placenta Tincture

In addition to encapsulation, some mothers choose to preserve a small piece of the raw placenta that can be used in addition to, and long after the capsules are gone. By tincturing a small piece of the placenta in a high grade alcohol, one can increase the length and benefits of the placenta for both mother and child. The tincture can be used in any time of trauma, transition, emotional distress, or for the mother later on in life during menopause, or to be turned into a homeopathic remedy.

Placenta Prints

Placenta prints can be a great addition to the baby book. Some families wish to
commemorate their child's birth with a keepsake art print of the placenta.
Before the encapsulation process begins, the placenta is placed directly onto a
9x12 acrylic paper in order to show the “Tree of Life” design.
Prints are always 
​done with the blood of the placenta, and never with any paints or pigments. 

Umbilical Cord Keepsake

Similar to the placenta prints, some mothers choose to keep the umbilical cord to include in baby books, keepsake boxes, or to bury ceremonially. Your baby’s umbilical cord is dried into a heart and placed in an Organza drawstring pouch as a keepsake. The umbilical heart symbolizes the loving bond between mother ​and child.

When is the placenta prepared?
Ideally, the placenta preparation takes place as soon as possible after delivery, within the first 72 hours, allowing you and baby to benefit from the most potency the placenta has to offer. The first two weeks are the most important and effective time to be taking the placenta; therefore, the sooner the better.

Where is the placenta prepared?
Preferably the placenta is prepared in my home. I have obtained the appropriate Placenta Encapsulation Course Certification with Courtney Durfee, and adhere to the strictest standards of safety as set forth by OSHA and the EPA, and conforming to local health department guidelines for food preparation and safety protocols. The preparation process is always done in a sterile environment, using sterile equipment, with love and patience, giving you the greatest quality and care you can ask for.

Upon request, I can prepare the placenta at your home and will bring all the equipment needed for the process. The first visit will take about 2-3 hours, the placenta is prepared for drying, and it is then left in the dehydrator for 12-15 hours. I return the following day to begin the encapsulation process which takes approximately 2 hours.

What is the recommended dosage?
The common dosage is 1-2 capsules, up to 3 times a day for the first 2 weeks. After 2 weeks you can start to decrease the dosage down to 1 or 2 pills a day as needed. Some women save the remainder in the back of the freezer for PMS or even menopause.

Is there any time I should NOT take the pills?
Placenta pills should not be taken if the body is fighting off a common cold, flu, or infection. If you should get a breast infection (mastitis), the pills should not be taken until infection is cleared. If symptoms such as chills, fever, sneezing, aches, flushed cheeks, hot palms and feet, or night sweats should occur, stop taking the capsules until the body has fought this off. 

What if I have an epidural or a C-section?
It is still safe and beneficial, even if an epidural was administered, or C-section was performed. The placenta acts as a filter, filtering out toxins and sending them back to the mother’s liver to be detoxed from the system. Mothers who have had epidurals or C-sections benefit from the placenta pills just as well as natural birth mothers.

What are the recommended dosages and indications for Placenta Tincture?
​Suggested dosage of 7-10 drops of tincture can be put in a glass of water for the mother to drink during times of transition after placenta pills are gone. Some women have reported using the placenta tincture to successfully treat the symptoms of postpartum depression, PMS, and menopause. You can take up to 40 drops, twice a day. Follow the cues of your body.

​Suggested dosage of 3-5 drops can be given in water to the child when they are sick, getting sick, or in a time of physical or emotional transition such as teething, weaning, separation anxiety, etc. it can be given to a sibling as well, but ideally each child would have their own placenta tincture. You can use the tincture directly, or use it as a base for other remedies. 

How do I store the Placenta Tincture?
Placenta Tincture should rest for at least six weeks from the baby’s birth day. At that time, you can strain out the placenta pieces and discard them in your chosen manner (such as burial) or you can choose to leave the placenta solids in the tincture. Keep the Placenta Tincture stored in a cool, dry place and it should keep indefinitely.

*The information on this page has not been evaluated by the FDA due to the nature of this service. New York Placenta Services makes no medical treatment claims. Services provided are not clinical, pharmaceutical, or intended to diagnose or treat any condition. Families who choose to utilize the services on this page take full responsibility for their own health and product usage.