“I hired Carrie to encapsulate my placenta after reading about all the benefits that doing so could provide postpartum. Carrie was very professional and communicated with me often in the weeks leading up to the birth. After coming to retrieve my placenta, Carrie called within 48 hours to let me know that my capsules were ready. Thank you, Carrie. I will be recommending you to everyone I know who is pregnant or will be pregnant in the future.”—S.R., mom
“Carrie provided a wealth of information on placenta encapsulation and the process she used to prepare the placenta. In picking the placenta up from the hospital, Carrie worked professionally with the hospital staff. She dropped the completed capsules to our house in a timely manner. Carrie was great and we appreciate her service!”—M.B., mom

During your pregnancy, your body made a placenta, an amazing organ that helped you grow and nourish your baby—and it has the possibility to help you once your baby is born, too! Encapsulating your placenta makes it easy for you to try the reported benefits.

Placenta capsules have been reported to decrease post-birth bleeding, decrease the risk of postpartum mood disorders, increase milk supply, increase energy levels and replenish hormones and nutrients for new parents. The vast majority of people report positive effects from taking placenta pills, but there hasn’t been a lot of conclusive research on the practice. Check out this 2013 study where parents self-reported their experiences.

Encapsulation is the most common preparation for placenta medicine, as capsules are simple to take, store well, and can be ready fairly quickly after birth.  I offer two kinds of placenta encapsulation in Albuquerque and surrounding areas.

Traditional Method: In this method, the placenta is steamed (usually with lemon and ginger), sliced, and then dehydrated. This method is inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Raw Method: In this method, the placenta is sliced and then dehydrated raw.

Both preparations include dehydration at at least 145 degrees. Raw includes dehydration at 160 degrees.

I can also process all or part of your placenta into cubes you can put into smoothies. Additional products include umbilical cord keepsakes, prints, and tinctures.

I will pick up your placenta and then return 75-200 capsules to you within 48-72 hours of your baby’s birth or from the time I pick up your placenta.

Please note: I do not make any promises or claims about proven benefits of placenta encapsulation or other placenta products. I am not a medical provider or researcher. There are lots of happy parents who have encapsulated and who have terrific anecdotes to share, but it’s key that you do your own research and make an informed decision for yourself. I am happy to provide the service if you think it’s something you want to try. 

Training

I began encapsulating in 2015 and have processed over 75 placentas. I am a certified APPAC with the Association of Placenta Preparation Arts, an organization with rigorous training and standards. As of July 2017, I am the only APPA-certified placenta specialist in the state of New Mexico. I also have training that adheres to OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.1030 for bloodborne pathogens. Your placenta will always be handled with the utmost in sanitation and safety. I am happy to answer questions about the process and my training!

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Placenta Encapsulation FAQ

The known components that give the placenta possible healing properties are

Gonadotrophin: the precursor to estrogen, progesterone and testosterone
Prolactin: promotes lactation
Oxytocin: for pain and bonding; produced during breastfeeding to facilitate bonding of mother and infant. It promotes a feeling of connectedness with others
Thyroid stimulating hormone: boosts energy and helps recovery from stressful events
Cortisone: combats stress and unlocks energy stores
Interferon: stimulates the immune system to protect against infections
Prostaglandins: anti-inflammatory
Hemoglobin: replenishes iron deficiency and anemia, a common postpartum condition
Urokinase inhibiting factor and factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing
Gammaglobulin: immune booster that helps protect against postpartum infections
(Source: The Placenta Bakery)

How does the booking process work?
The whole process is completely online to make it super easy for you! Fill out the inquiry form and you’ll get a copy of my online contract to look over. If you want to move forward, you choose your services, fill out the contract and pay the $50 deposit to save your space on my calendar. The contract includes information about what type of encapsulation you want, your pregnancy, and more. Payment is due by the 38th week of pregnancy and is payable by credit card, PayPal, cash, or check. If you book services after 38 weeks, full payment is due at the time of booking.

It seems like a lot of people book encapsulation while they are still pregnant. Can I hire you after I’ve given birth already?
Yes! I often get inquiries from people who have given birth in the last few hours or days, often when they’re still at the hospital! Like any other booking, you’ll fill out the online inquiry and contract (below) so I have a record of your preferences. Full payment is due at booking or at the time of pickup. It is a somewhat time-sensitive process, though— make sure your placenta is kept cold (on ice or in a fridge) at all times, from at least four hours after birth. I can’t encapsulate any placenta that has been in the fridge for more than four days or in a freezer for more than six months.

Basic

Just the pills!
$200
  • On-call time during your due window of 38-42 weeks for placenta pickup and delivery
  • An emailed-to-you PDF of clear instructions on placenta procedures for before, during and after labor
  • Your choice of preparation method (Traditional Method or Raw)
  • 75-200 pills (depending on yield of your placenta and the method of preparation)
  • A detailed placenta encapsulation and postpartum recovery guide that includes local resources for parents

Plus

Most popular option!
$215
  • On-call time during your due window of 38-42 weeks for placenta pickup and delivery
  • An emailed-to-you PDF of clear instructions on placenta procedures for before, during and after labor
  • Your choice of preparation method (Traditional Method or Raw)
  • 75-200 pills (depending on yield of your placenta and the method of preparation)
  • A detailed placenta encapsulation and postpartum recovery guide that includes local resources for parents
  • + Placenta print
  • + Umbilical cord keepsake

Pampered

A $265 value!
$250
  • On-call time during your due window of 38-42 weeks for placenta pickup and delivery
  • An emailed-to-you PDF of clear instructions on placenta procedures for before, during and after labor
  • Your choice of preparation method (Traditional Method or Raw) and optional inclusion of placenta print or umbilical cord keepsake at no extra cost
  • 75-200 pills (depending on yield of your placenta and the method of preparation)
  • A detailed placenta encapsulation and postpartum recovery guide that includes local resources for parents
  • Placenta print
  • + Umbilical cord keepsake
  • + Placenta tincture
  • + Herbal sitz bath for postpartum comfort
  • + Earth Mama Angel Baby nipple cream 

You Pick Up

Save some $!
$20
  • Choose any of my packages and receive a $20 discount if you pick up your own pills after encapsulation has finished. In this option, I will still pick up your placenta from you, but you are responsible for retrieving your pills from me. A great option to save a little money!

All prices are before taxes. If you are interested in combining placenta encapsulation with any of my other services (including birth doula, postpartum doula, or belly casting) I am happy to work with you to make a package that fits your needs and budget. You can also bundle placenta encapsulation with one of my a la carte add-ons!

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Disclaimer:  The information on this page has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  The services I offer are not clinical, pharmaceutical, or intended to diagnose or treat any condition. I make no guarantees about any benefits of placenta encapsulation. Families who choose to utilize the services detailed on this page take full responsibility for using the remedies at their own risk.