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#1 of 15 Old 12-27-2009, 01:06 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm considering having my placenta encapsulated after my homebirth in March, but our budget is sooooo tight right now I'm not sure if we can afford it, or if it's worth it.
There is one placenta encapsulation specialist in my area. She charges $250 for her service - they will be ready to ingest within 24 hours. Her site states that she comes to our home "to start the encapsulation process" so I'm not sure how much of it she does at my home, and how much at her home, but either way she picks up the placenta and brings back the capsules, so no driving for us.
So...is $250 an appropriate price for this service? And is it worth it? She does offer payment plans, we could start paying her a little now as long as it was paid off by the time she has it done.

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for non-birth clients, that is what I charge. for birth clients, I charge 200. (i can take the placenta at the birth and return it at the first pp visit, around day 3.)

I am in seattle, what area you live in may make a difference.

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Just buy the kit and do it yourself or have a family member do it for you.
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The directions are on a few websites.

Here's a brief explanation with pics. Other sites have detailed instructions.

The pills/bottle/encapsulator can be bought cheaply at Mountain Rose Herbs. Capsule Machine $13. 100 empty capsules $3.75. Colbalt Blue Jar $2.95 each.

So if money is that tight you can do it yourself, or ask someone close to you to do it.
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I think that's a fair price. I didn't have to pay, though, as my MW's apprentice cut it up for me, and I processed it and ecapsulated it after it dehydrated for four days. It was actually pretty easy to just do it myself. I bought empty capsules at the natural foods market.

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Wow i had no idea it was so expensive. My accupuncturist does it on a donation basis and add's in chinese herbs dependent on what you may need. She also does an after birth treatment to pull your energies back together. I gave her $40 and a mala bead necklace. I knew i was lucky but wow i didn't realize how expensive it is elsewhere. I do understand what a time consuming process it is so i'm not trying to minimalize what people have to do to make this happen!
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The one specialist in the area charges $250 & that is totally out of our price range. I don't own a dehydrator so I am not sure i can do it myself.

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You don't need a dehydrator. You can do it in your oven. Just goggle "placenta encapsulation instructions". I even found how to video's on youtube. You can alway make smoothies with it too.
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You don't need a dehydrator. You can do it in your oven. Just goggle "placenta encapsulation instructions". I even found how to video's on youtube. You can alway make smoothies with it too.
i don't use the dehydrator, just the oven...

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I got a dehydrator at Goodwill for about $15. I'm always seeing them there.

I did my own. I think the capsules cost around five or six bucks. We already had the dehydrator that we got from Goodwill, so total cost was around $21.

It was a lot of work for a post partum mom to put the dehydrated placenta in the individual capsules. There might be an easier way to do it that I'm not aware of. The drying of the placenta wasn't hard at all.

I'm In retrospect I wish I had just eaten the thing. not particularly squeemish about it. I was injesting it anyway, it didn't matter to me how it got there. I'd have put in into a spaghetti sauce or something.

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Seriously, if money is an issue, just do it yourself.

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I would see about having it done by someone else. I dont know that I would have wanted to do it myself after a baby was born. Would be hard to find the time. Also from what I understand and believe about the Traditional Chinese Medicine method (steaming first) and Id imagine any method is that the energy put into the process stays with the medicine. Personally, as someone who encapsulate for mommas, I love being able to bring a fresh energy, and focus only on keeping positive thoughts and prayers for the new family in my heart and mind while while I work on her placenta. This is part of the service in my opinion a part that goes above and beyond the physical process. Someone who is experienced working with placentas focuses less on the steps and "how to's" because she knows the work by heart, and can really focus on the creation on your remedy and your and your babies well being. I know moms Ive worked with say they can really feel the love (I know sounds a little wacky, but they've told me themselves!!)

I know budgets are tight, but if this is something you feel you would benefit from, then you will find a way. Ask the specialist what her options for fees are. She may not be able to be flexible, or she may suprise you. Most of us who do encapsulation do it because we believe in its power, believe in the benefits, and believe in helping moms and babies have the best postpartum period possible! Best wishes

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I encapsulated my own before becoming an encapsulation specialist and it was time consuming and difficult with having a toddler and newborn in the house. I would have gladly paid the fee, but there was no on in my area.

Sure the fee of $250 sounds high to some, but you have to understand that is it not all profit. That fee covers gas for two visits, supplies, our time, and sometimes childcare. I try to keep my fees reasonable and will work with clients who cannot afford it, and even will put together a DIY kit for them if really necessary. Anything to help a mom not have to suffer with PPD like I did.

Also, I wanted to add that you may want to check out the following like for more options in finding someone who can help you with the process.

http://www.avoidthebabyblues.com[/URL]
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also, i think that the majority of encapsulators who are not bound to jodi selander work on a sliding fee when need be (myself included). money should not be what stops a woman from getting her placenta.
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when people ask me why does it cost so much, it's because the supplies to do a placenta are expensive and it's very labor intensive.
When I do a placenta I have dedicated materials and disposable materials dedicated to the process; I don't just reach around the kitchen for whatever I can find.
When I go into someone's home I carry a 29 gallon tote full of supplies; dehydrator, disposable cutting mats, disposable rubber gloves, dedicated knives, dedicated grinder, dedicated steaming pots, jar, capsules, herbs, bleach, general purpose cleaners etc, etc, etc. The only materials I make use of in the clients home is their sink, stove, dishwasher, water and electricity.

For many moms I find when I show up at their home, labor (and the immediate postpartum period) had been so chaotic dishes are often not done, food is on the counter, trash hasn't been taken out; besides the fact I need the counter space, it is part of package that I tidy up the kitchen for the family before and after the process.
Each visit I make to the families home can take between 1-2 hours + my travel time to get to their home. Then you take into consideration the business overhead expenses (the internet they emailed me on, the phone they called me on, maintaining a website, etc). In my area, I still have to do plenty of leg work with the hospitals and doctors to make placenta release a possibility for the client. More often than not, those two times that I come into your home my children are with a paid baby sitter.

So you see it's not just pills you're paying for. Sure you could do it on your own, and if you feel up to it go for it, the cost effectiveness is there! But the service you are paying for is the persons time, experience and materials.


PBi or not has nothing to do with a birth workers ability to be flexible. I am apart of PBi and I work with moms ALL the time on payments and or cost. I do service trades regularly and I allow payments as necessary leading up to the babies birth.

I would encourage you to contact the person with your concerns about cost and questions, they'd be best able to tell you why that is their charge and how they can work with you to make it work out for both of you.

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