What is your training?

I am an Independant Placenta Service Provider and am part of a network of amazing and supportive colleagues. I have completed an OSHA training course and am certified in Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) for Midwives, Doulas and Placenta Encapsulators. All cleaning and sterilization is done according to OSHA standards for disease prevention and food safety. Additionally, I work with only one client at a time to avoid cross-contamination. I have been trained in the 2,000 year old Traditional Chinese Medicine method of placenta preparation and am a certified herbalist qualified to prepare medicinal tinctures. I have had the pleasure of working with dozens of satisfied clients since 2009, many of whom can be provided as references if requested.

Can you encapsulate my placenta if I give birth in a hospital?

Yes. Placenta encapsulation is possible in a variety of situations including home birth, hospital birth or birthing center, water birth, and short-term lotus birth. Please note that New York State issued a statement in February of 2010 allowing hospitals to return healthy placentas to the mothers that request them. However, since the fall of 2011 many area hospitals have been relunctant and even refusing to cooperate. Discussing your plans with your health care provider during pregnancy is highly recommended. Please contact me if you need help in this matter; I am happy to help regardless of whether or not you plan on using my services. Click here to read more about this issue and see the petition I authored that brought about change at NYU Langone Medical Center.

New York State on Placenta Release:

"NYS regulated hospitals and medical facilities may, at the request of a patient or patient's representative, return a healthy placenta for disposition by the patient without violating any NYS public health law or regulation.

NYS does have regulations (10 NYCRR section 405.24(d)), requiring hospitals to implement waste management programs in compliance with the Public Health Law Article 13, Title XIII for regulated medical waste. Regulated medical waste is defined in the Environmental Conservation Law section 27-1502(2)(b) as waste generated in the diagnosis, treatment or immunization of human beings and includes "human pathological wastes, including tissues, organs, body parts and body fluids that are removed during surgery." However, waste material is material which is being discarded. If a placenta is not discarded but rather used for medical/religious/cultural purposes, then it is not classified as waste. There is no provision in statute or regulation expressly prohibiting the return of a healthy body part to a living patient."

What if I have a C-section?

You can still have your placenta encapsulated in the event of a cesarean birth.

My placenta is in my freezer! Can you encapsulate it?

It is possible that your placenta is still potent and suitable for consumption even if it has been frozen for several months, as long as it was frozen in a timely manner and is not damaged by "freezer-burn". I once prepared a placenta that was frozen for 9 months and it made a very potent medicine.

Why do you prepare the placenta at my house?

*Please note: Since giving birth to my third child I, for the time being, will only be able to work in my own home. Please contact me for more information, references, etc.

Your placenta will be prepared in your kitchen, using all of my supplies. The reason for this is to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. Your kitchen is home to all of your germs, therefore it is unlikely there will be anything there that you have not already been exposed to. The placenta does contain a fair amount of blood and I follow all OSHA and EPA standards for food safety and blood borne pathogen control. Occasionally I will do the work in my home if the mother so desires.

Can you describe the process?

I use a time-honored method prescribed by Traditional Chinese Medicine. Basically the placenta is rinsed, steamed with ceremonial herbs, sliced, dehydrated and ground into a fine powder which is placed in capsules. TCM teaches that the raw placenta would be cooling and during a healing time like the postpartum period, the steaming of the placenta increases the potency.

May I watch or take pictures?

While I doubt you will want to look over my shoulder throughout the lengthy process, I am happy to allow pictures and you may peek in at any time. After all, it is your placenta and your home. If you do take pictures, I might ask you to forward them to me!

How many pills will my placenta yield, and how long do they last?

Depending on the size of your palcenta, which varies from one pregnancy to the next, the encapsulation process will yeild 80-110 capsules. Taken regularly throughout the postpartum period, they should last 1-2 months. As far as spoilage and maintaining the integrity of the nutrients and hormones in the capsules, so long as the pills are stored properly (in the refrigerator, or in the freezer if not currently being taken) they can last for years.

What is the dosage?

The capsules should be taken as needed:
2 capsules 3x a day until one week postpartum.
2 capsules 2x a day until 2 weeks postpartum
2 capsules 1x a day as maintenance, or until gone.

Please keep in mind that the above guidelines are just that, a guide. You may adjust your dose as you feel you need more or less. Listen to your body. It will tell you what it needs.

What is the tincture used for?

Placenta tincture is a wonderfully specific medicine made from a high proof vodka that has been infused with a fresh piece of placenta much like an herbal tincture. If stored tightly capped in a cool, dark place it should keep indefinitely.� For the mother, it is most useful for hormone balancing and support, such as during PMS or menopause. �Dosage is 10-40 drops in water 1-2 times per day.

The placenta for the tincture is taken from the very point where placenta connected to mother's womb. �For baby, this makes an especially unique medicine to help ease times of transition, such as growth spurts, teething, and separation from mother or home. �Dosage is 1 drop per year of life in water 1-2 times per day. �

My husband is not sure about the art print. . .

The art print is a keepsake that captures the amazing 'tree of life' image that the placenta and it's many veins create. The placenta's own blood is the sepia colored 'ink' that is then pressed on 11x14" watercolor paper. Most often I leave you with a triad of prints, so you can either choose the one you like most, or keep them as a series. Whether you display them, or keep tucked away as a keepsake, this is unique and beautiful opportunity to preserve the organ that grew your child.

What is your fee and what forms of payment do you except?

My fee is $250 for the encapsulation, and $30 additional for the print. I accept cash, check, paypal, credit and debit cards. Low-income families should not hesitate to inquire about a payment plan.