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.
I am in seattle, what area you live in may make a difference.
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.
A doula who married a cop & became a mama to 3 boys: G 12/22/00, my rainbow baby B 2/2/07 and L 2/10/10 my CBA2V baby, waiting for my little caboose late February 2013 & always remembering my two angels 2006 & 2012.
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 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.
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
mom to Reaghan born underwater into midwife's hands 1/17/07 & Myra born surrounded by doulas and midwife at home 1/12/09. Birth Educator, and Photographer, Baby #3 Coming May 2013!
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.
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.
tree-huggin', outdoor lovin' paleo-eatin', crossfittin', homebirthin', placenta eatin', doula, wife and mom to 2 girls (06 & 08)
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