Your Joyful Birth
Birth Doula, Placenta Encapsulation, Natural Childbirth Classes
St. Louis Area
Dr. Alicia Brooks, DC

I am a trained Placenta Encapsulation Specialist through Placenta Benefits (PBi) and have been encapsulating placentas since 2011.

My Placenta Encapsulation Story:
If you would have asked me years ago if I would consume my own placenta, I would have thought you were nuts. The concept was introduced to me at a local midwifery meeting followed by my own personal research. I had a past history of mild postpartum depression and anxiety. 3 weeks after my homebirth with my fourth son, I decided to have this done although I wish I would have gotten it done sooner than that. I was exhausted and was having trouble with my patience (I homeschool my other boys) as well as having emotional fluctuations as most postpartum women experience. When I received my placenta pills, I took them without a second thought. The results were amazing. My milk supply immediately increased, I had more energy, more patience, less hormonal emotional fluctuations and less anxiety. I was able to think more clearly. My husband who was against encapsulation in the beginning, would tell me to take my "pills" anytime he could tell I needed them. Now he is much more open to placenta encapsulation seeing the benefits first hand. I even have a few of my capsules left over in my freezer. I wish I would have known about the benefits of placenta encapsulation with all of my other pregnancies. 

Possible Benefits of Placenta Encapsulation:
  • May assist with balancing of hormones and restoring lost iron stores
  • May increase energy levels
  • May ease postpartum recovery
  • Possibly can shorten postpartum bleeding time
  • Can potentially increase milk supply (if suffering from milk supply issues, please consult with an IBCLC) 
  • Decreases incidence of significant postpartum "baby blues." 
I prepare the placenta using the Traditional Chinese Medicine Method. This includes steaming the placenta with ginger and mrryth. I then dehydrate the placenta on low heat for 8-10 hours.
I prefer to do the placenta within the first few days after birth. However, if the placenta has been stored properly it can be prepared later. The placenta must be frozen within 72 hours following the birth if encapsulation has not started. The placenta will have a life span of about six months in the freezer.
There will be between 100-175 capsules (depending on the size of the placenta). An average sized placenta will yield 120-160 capsules. These capsules can be refrigerated for up to 6 months or can be frozen until menopause.

 I have a specific dosage guideline sheet I will sent to you upon booking your placenta. There is a $25 deposit required to book your encapsulation which is refundable if you do not obtain your placenta from the hospital.

I can also make both placenta tinctures and placenta prints at no extra charge if you provide the materials for me to do so.  

Cost: $200

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