Our process includes sanitation of our work space and all supplies before and after each encapsulation. Once the work space and supplies have been sanitized cleaning of the placenta begins by rinsing under cool water, removing the amnion and cord, and processing using one of two methods of encapsulation.
We offer either raw or heated preparation of the placenta with the option to include both methods (half and half). Raw Preparation is the thin slicing of the rinsed placenta in its raw form and dehydrating it, where as, the Heated Preparation includes the additional step of steaming the placenta prior to thinly slicing it for dehydration (this method also yields mothers broth)*. Once dehydration is complete the placenta, cord, and amnion is ground into a fine powder and placed into size zero unflavored vegetarian capsules**.
*Mothers Broth is a liquid created from the steaming of the placenta. It is often added to tea, taken in a spoon of honey, or used in cooking. **Different size or flavored capsules are available upon timely request and may be subject to an additional fee.
All packages include pick up and drop off at prearranged location(s) and product drop off within 72 hours of pick up. The amount of capsules is dependent on the size of the placenta and the preparation method, however the average yield is 125 to 200. *Prices reflect our services area of 50 miles surrounding Big Lake, MN. Further distances are subject to a mileage fee.
Raw Method $220
Raw Preparation is most common method and will yield the highest amount of capsules.
Heated Method $220
Heated Preparation will yield approximately 32 oz of Mothers Broth and is suggested to those that have tested positive for GBS during pregnancy.
Half and Half $240
Half raw and half heated preparation will be packaged alongside 20 to 32 oz of Mothers Broth. This choice is often chosen by those unsure how they will react to the potency of placenta hormones.
Art Only $75+
If you decide encapsulation isn't for you the price of Art Only includes pickup and drop off of placenta and art. You will have the option of choosing print color, material, and quantity. Starting fee includes two paper prints. *You will be responsible for disposal (burial) of your placenta.
4 oz Tincture $25 A small piece of raw* placenta is placed in your choice of 100 proof vodka or brandy and fermented for a minimum of six weeks. A tincture when stored properly can last for years and is found to have similar benefits of capsules. Utilize the benefits during the first postpartum menstrual cycle, menopause, and other significant life events.
Artistic Prints $15 (two paper prints)or $30 (one canvas print) Remember the beauty of the life sustaining organ that grew your sweet child(ren) with an artistic print captured either on water color paper or stretched canvas. These prints are created tastefully with natural (red/brown) or food grade coloring (red/pink/blue/green). *ART ONLY clients will choose the product material, color(s), and quantity. They are also responsible for the disposal of the placenta. Cord Keep Sake or natural balm Upon request we would be happy to discuss these additional options. Please contact us if you would like further information and pricing.
Multiples $30 Are you expecting twins or triplets? This additional fee is to help cover the added processing time and supplies.
Discount If you are a birth doula client or student you will receive 10% off placenta encapsulation! Just ask for the discount code. *not valid on art only orders
Payment options include: cash, check, credit, debit, HSA/FSA cards, and gift certificates. Payment plans are available upon request as Doula Mae Birth Services believes every person desiring additional support should have access.
You're hired! Now what?
After you have hired Doula Mae by signing our service agreement and submitting your payment please follow the following guidelines.
Two ziploc bags (double bag the placenta)
Cooler (disposable or reusable) - Samantha will bring her own to transport
Samantha's contact: (763)498.1098 via phone call or text message
Tell your doctor and birth team you'll be keeping your placenta
Call me for pick up if you give birth between 8am and 8pm - if calling outside of this time frame please leave a message
If you birth between 9pm and 7am keep the placenta in the fridge or surrounded by ice and call me at 8am
The placenta should be placed in the fridge or on ice within THREE hours of giving birth
When using ice to keep the placenta cold please replace ice every 2 - 3 hours
**Please do not allow for the placenta to go to lab/pathology as we can not safely encapsulate your placenta should this happen. If your placenta needs to be tested ask for a small sample to be cut off and sent to lab/pathology.