At the heart of what I do, is placenta encapsulation following a Traditional Chinese Medicine Method…
To encapsulate your placenta, I begin by thoroughly rinsing it, and trimming away the umbilical cord* and setting it aside. I then steam your placenta gently for about 30 minutes, and after allowing it to cool for a few minutes, I slice it thinly. I lay it in trays to dehydrate it in a food dehydrator where it will sit for 18-24 hours. Once it is thoroughly dry, I grind it into a powder using a food mill, and I then put it into vegetarian capsules. The process takes me 2-3 days.
The umbilical cord* makes a lovely keepsake, and a great way to remember the special connection to your babe. I will rinse, spiral, dehydrate and package it for you. This service is complimentary and included with each encapsulation.
I always observe safe handling procedures such as wearing non-latex gloves and using sterile, independent equipment. I follow Universal Precautions and the standards set forth by OSHA for Bloodborne Pathogens (I even teach a class to doulas about this!).
I do not add any herbs, unless your Chinese doctor, naturopath or herbalist recommends them, and you provide them to me. I am not a care provider and cannot, in good conscience, add anything to your amazing placenta.
Please let me know if you would like to chat more about this.