The placenta is the amazing organ that protected, supported and nourished your baby in the womb. It has done such an incredible job of helping grow your child and yet in modern hospitals it is often regarded as nothing more than "medical waste" after it is born. In many other cultures, the placenta is given much respect and honored in a variety of ways. Some cultures have long traditions of utilizing the placenta medicinally to restore the health and vitality of the mother and to calm and balance the child. Just as it protected, nourished, supported and sustained its baby, the placenta, when carefully prepared for consumption, can continue its job by supporting lactation, facilitating an easier postpartum recovery, increasing maternal energy, easing life transitions, avoiding postpartum depression.
The known list of nutrients giving the placenta it's healing properties:
Gonadotrophin - precursor to oestrogen, progesterone and testosteone
Prolactin - promotes lactation
Oxytocin - for pain relief and baby bonding. Is produced during breastfeeding to promote healthy bonding between mother and baby.
Interferon - stimulates the immune system to protect against infection.
Thyroid stimulating Hormone - boosts energy and aids in recovery of stressful events.
Cortisone - releases energy stores and helps with stress.
Prostaglandins - anti-inflammatory.
Haemoglobin - replenishes iron deficiencies and anaemia
Gamma-globulin - boosts immune system and protects against postpartum infection.
Urokinase Inhibiting Factor & Factor X111 - stops bleeding and enhances healing of wounds.
Growth factors - in the form of cytokines & hormones, stimulate cellular growth. They have anti-inflammatory properties, aid blood circulation, wound tissue healing and has an analgesic effect.
Placenta Stem Cells - provides new cells for regeneration of tissue, using growth factors they enhance their ability to multiply much faster.
Vitamins and minerals
Iron - essential for absorption of oxygen in the cells needed for repair.
Vitamin B6 - promotes the production of red blood cells, aids in normal functioning of the brain. Helps in the making of antibodies, keeping the immune system strong.
Vitamins A, D, E, K
Vitamins C, B complex
PLACENTA PREPARATION METHODS
I treat the encapsulation process as a sacred ritual. The placenta will be revered and honored for its amazing job growing and nurturing your baby, and once encapsulated, you.
Steamed Method $330
Traditional Chinese Method (TCM) is the "original" method of encapsulation - the Chinese believe that after a women gives birth, the balance of heat needs to be restored in the body. This is also mirrored in the traditional Indian medicine system of Ayurveda. The placenta is lightly steamed with warming herbs - such as ginger, lemon and chilli. It is then is dehydrated, ground and put into capsules.
Raw Method $330
Unlike the Traditional Chinese Medicine preparation of the placenta, when processing a placenta with the raw method the placenta is dehydrated without being steamed. We simply forgo the steaming process and your placenta is dehydrated from raw. This method required longer dehydrating, but does yield more capsules as the placenta has not 'shrunk' from the steaming process. There are many debates on which method is superior. In our experience I find the results of both methods to be quite similar. There are pros and cons to each method depending on a woman’s needs, beliefs, and opinions.
Umbilical cord keepsake is included for free for any encapsulation.
Fees are inclusive of pick up of placenta and delivery of capsules within the Gold Coast area only.
Placenta Tincture $60
A placenta tincture is a very strong remedy made by infusing the placenta into grain alcohol for at least 6 weeks. This can improve symptoms of emotional distress, depression, anxiety, sorrow and mourning for both mother and baby, improve symptoms of hormone imbalance. Can be used both orally and topically. 100ml Mother Tincture. This remedy takes 6 weeks to create and will be delivered to you with additional dosing recommendations.
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Taking your placenta in capsules is convenient, tasteless and preserves the nutrients you have been building during your pregnancy so you can enjoy the ongoing benefits for months, or even years.
Tip: Any leftover capsules will last indefinitely if stored in the back of the freezer. Take when your cycle returns, when you need a pick-me-up, or save for future stressful transitions, i.e. menopause or returning to work.
The vitamins, minerals & hormones in the capsules are extremely bioavailable – they are easily absorbed by the body because they are completely natural and were created uniquely by you, for you.
When should the encapsulation process begin?
In order to receive the most benefit from your placenta, the encapsulation process should begin within 24 hours after your baby is born. Usually (depending on what time baby decides to arrive) I can pick up your placenta within that time frame. Once baby has been separated from the umbilical cord, put your placenta into a container and put it in the fridge.
Can you still encapsulate my placenta if I have an epidural or a c-section?
Yes! Your birth choices in terms of most medications/surgery do not affect whether your placenta can or cannot be encapsulated.