The benefits of placenta postpartum are huge! Placenta Capsules help support a healthy milk supply, increase energy, wards off the baby blues and postpartum depression, increase healing while decreasing pain... lots of good stuff!
How do I hire you?
Most moms contact us while still pregnant. We go over our options with you and have you complete a short form so we have all your info handy when you deliver. We ask for a $50 deposit with the remainder due when your capsules are done. We typically encapsulate in your home (we bring all our own supplies) but we can accommodate moms who prefer the process takes place outside their home (just let us know if this interests you!). Once your baby arrives just give us a call and we will make arrangements to get started! We come within 24 hours of your call, so the sooner you let us know you've delivered the sooner we can have your capsules ready. We totally understand if you want to wait a few days before having us come.
How far do you travel?
We are located in Des Moines, Iowa, but we will travel throughout the state and into neighboring states. If there is a placenta lady closer to you, we will get your their contact information as well. If you are interested in our services just shoot us an email and we can work out the details!
What's the difference between Traditional and Raw encapsulation?
Traditional encapsulating includes steaming the placenta with herbs prior to drying. This is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. TCM capsules are very leveling. Raw encapsulation is just that- the placenta is dried without being steamed. Raw capsules give a bigger energy boost. Every mom and placenta are different. If you are interested in trying both we can make that happen!
What's this I hear about tinctures and salves?
All our encapsulations come with a tincture, prints, and a cord keepsake. The tincture is a long lasting, shelf stable remedy to use for years after your capsules are gone. The tincture is an alcohol base and taken by putting a few drops (we give you written directions- don't worry!) into water or juice. The tincture is really great for stress, PMS, and even menopause! The tincture is awesome because it can also be given to your baby for teething, separation anxiety, and generalized fussiness. The salves are offered in addition to our encapsulation package. They come in 2 and 4 ounces for $25 and $40 respectively. The salves are perfect for diaper rash, perianal tears, c-section incisions, and sore nipples. It can also be used for bumps and scrapes.
How do I store my placenta?
Your placenta needs to be refrigerated or put on ice following delivery. If you are at home or a birthing center you can put the placenta in a food grade container or double bag it in gallon sized freezer bags and stick it in the fridge. If you are delivering in the hospital make sure to remind your nurse that you plan on keeping it. Pleasant Postpartums has worked with the area hospitals to make taking your placenta home an easy, stress free process. The hospitals typically have a container (we recommend taking a couple gallon sized freezer bags just in case) and will tag it for you and keep it refrigerated. When you are ready to send it home, you just let your nurse know and sign a release form. Its that easy! Your placenta is good refrigerated for up to 4 days and good frozen indefinitely. Of course, the sooner you encapsulate the more benefits you will reap, but it is never too late!
What if I have a C - Section or pain medication? When is it unsafe to encapsulate?
Many of our clients have cesareans, epidurals, antibiotics, or other medications. Your placenta is still safe to encapsulate. The two primary reasons a placenta is not fit for encapsulation is improper storage (see above for storage guidelines) or it was sent to pathology and put into formalin. Let your provider and nurse know you want to encapsulate and that your placenta shouldn't be sent to pathology. If it needs to be checked out, ask that a gross examination (this is where they just physically look at your placenta) be done. If that is not an option you can elect to have a small piece of your placenta cut off and sent to pathology and the rest sent home with you.
What do you mean by Barter ?
We want encapsulation to be something everyone can afford. We offer to barter for our services to allow encapsulation to be affordable to everyone. By barter we mean an equal exchange of goods or services. To give you an idea, in the past we have bartered for massages, garden goods, hand-made furniture, music lessons, personal training... the possibility are endless. We even had someone write our Wills! We'd love to hear any barter ideas you have!
How long does the process take?
Encapsulation is a 24 hour process. The first day your placenta is cleaned, steamed, and started drying. It dries for 24 hours and then we grind the placenta and fill the capsules. You will be left with your capsules, tincture, prints, cord keepsake and written dosage and storage directions. We are in your home about 90 minutes each day with our dehydrator running at your home overnight.
Can we watch?
Heck yes! It is your placenta! Of course, if you don't want to be involved in the process that is totally fine too!
Does it smell?
There is a slight smell while the placenta is drying. Many people find it smells similar to liver or deer jerky. If you are worried about an odor let us know.