Placenta encapsulation
"You're going to do
 WHAT???" 

and Other Frequently Asked Questions About Placenta Encapsulation


What is the point of having my placenta encapsulated?

Many women find they benefit from ingesting their own dehydrated placenta. These benefits vary, but generally have the theme of an easier time overall in the postpartum period. A recent study from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas showed:

  • the top 3 benefits reported were:
    • improved mood
    • increased energy
    • improved lactation
  • the top 3 most reported side effects were:
    • unpleasant burping
    • headache
    • unappealing taste or smell
  • 98% would ingest their placenta again
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What does science say about ingesting placenta?

Although studies from the early 20th century on human ingestion of dehydrated placenta are available for review, they do not meet the rigorous standards which are the hallmark of modern, evidence-based care. Fortunately, recent research has been produced and more is currently underway. Click here and here to read about a study which asked women about their experiences ingesting their placenta.

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What is the process for encapsulating a placenta?

The process of placenta encapsulation includes:

  • rinsing
  • steaming (optional, but recommended by Texas Health and Human Services Commission)
  • slicing
  • dehydrating
  • grinding
  • encapsulating in vegan capsules
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What do I do when my placenta is ready for encapsulation?

  • Contact your Placenta Encapsulation Specialist (PES) when you are admitted for labor so she can prepare to process your placenta. Also notify your PES if you have a scheduled induction of labor or cesarean birth. 
  • After you give birth, inform your PES. Ensure your placenta is stored and cared for as recommended by your PES.
  • Your PES will come to your place of birth to transport your placenta for processing. Your PES will bring necessary documentation for authorizing release of your placenta. Payment in full is due at this time if other arrangements have not been made.

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What else should I know about placenta encapsulation?

There are some situations in which placenta encapsulation is not possible. These include but are not limited to:

  • Suspected or actual infection of the uterus, placenta, or fetus/newborn
  • Need for pathological studies of the placenta

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How much will it cost to have my placenta encapsulated?

The rate for placenta encapsulation is $275. Discounts and payment arrangements are available and described below. This rate covers transportation of your placenta (within Lubbock County) and the time, equipment, and supplies required for processing the placenta. 

You also receive:

  • suggestions for storage and use
  • complimentary dehydration of the umbilical cord into a letter or shape
  • opportunity for custom umbilical cord art, if desired
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Do you offer payment arrangements or discounts?

Yes!Discounts are offered to doula clients of Enhancing Doulas.

  • Clients who are EITHER birth doula clients OR postpartum doula clients receive $50 discount on placenta encapsulation.
  • Clients who are BOTH birth AND postpartum doula clients receive $75 discount on placenta services.
  • Other discounts are available for clients who bundle other services with their doula care. Email Ariel@EnhancingDoulas.com for more information.

Payment arrangements and sliding scale rates are available by contacting Ariel@EnhancingDoulas.com.

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What other placenta services are available?

Umbilical cord art incorporates the dehydrated umbilical cord into personalized artistic keepsakes. To prevent cross-contamination, we do not do placenta printing of placentas which will be encapsulated. Call or email us for more info!

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How do I sign up to have my placenta encapsulated?

Click here to complete the form to have your placenta encapsulated. 

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