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Your Incredible Placenta

The placenta is an amazing, underrated, underutilized source of vital life energy and health.  Your body creates this organ to create and sustain life! It is the essential connection between mother and baby. In the animal kingdom, mammals instinctively know to consume the placenta to encourage health.  We are re-learning the magic of placentas. See some research articles at the bottom of the page!

 

Our placenta encapsulation and tincturing methods are performed according to strict standards from one of the most comprehensive placenta certification programs available to ensure you receive a healthy, quality product. We individually process your placenta in our dedicated placenta space in adherence to certification standards to avoid risk of cross-contamination.

 

If preferred, your placenta can be processed in your home by our certified placenta specialist.  Please keep in mind that your home will be heated up for a minimum of 8 hours while the placenta is dehydrated in your oven, and the aroma of cooking placenta can be a bit strong.  95% of clients prefer to have their placenta processed and delivered. We are pleased to offer the choice of either processing technique.  

 

In addition to following OSHA standards regarding biohazard and blood-borne pathogens, we hold the thought that the body that created this placenta and life deserves honor and reverence and conduct our processing accordingly.  We are deeply aware of the personal and sacred task we are undertaking. Thank you for your trust.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Placenta Preparation (capsules)

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), placenta is considered a powerful and sacred medicine, full of life force. Many practitioners who have studied Traditional Chinese Medicine believe the use of placenta during the postpartum course aids in recovery from childbirth.  

The placenta is steamed with warming ingredients (lemon, ginger, jalapeño), dehydrated at 170+ degrees for 10 hours for microbial hygiene, finely ground, and placed in vegetarian capsules.

Recommended use is 1-3 capsules, 2-3 times per day or as needed. Wait until at least the third day after birth to start the capsules.  Do not take if you have a fever or inflammation.  Capsules can be saved in the freezer for later use.

Placenta Tincture

Homeopathics, like essences, are remedies that heal on a vibrational, energetic level. Homeopathic placenta remedy can be used as your child’s constitutional remedy for life since it was their life-giving source for their time in-utero. It contains the blueprint of his/her energetic make-up and hence, the amazing ability to bring balance and illicit healing from within when illness, disease, emotional challenges, or difficult life transitions arise.

-Placenta Remedies Network

Your homeopathic remedy is made by extracting a small portion of the placenta and following instructions for creating the origin batch (1C) remedy which can be used as needed over time. The remedy is diluted in different strengths based on the application. This will be a constitutional remedy for the baby throughout her/his life. It could be used for many/any constitutional or unusual ailments except when specific remedy is appropriate (eg arnica for bruising).
The placenta contains stem cells so this remedy will be a very good immune remedy.
The placenta contains all one’s strengths and weakness so treating the individual with this remedy can provide balance when there is imbalance.

Placenta Print & Umbilical Keepsake

The tether and connection that sustained your child can be shaped and dried as a memento of birth. The length of the cord will determine the end design, but we've included some ideas to spur creativity.  We've had names, zodiac signs, symbols (heart, star, crescent, spiral). We'll do our best to create what you want.

Your placenta print is created with food grade inks on 11x14 acid-free watercolor paper.  You choose the colors used.

See the Pinterest board below for some ideas!

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Pricing: $300-200 includes capsules and umbilical keepsake if possible.

Pickup and drop-off in the Tucson area are included.

Phoenix clients, your processed placenta caps and tincture will be sent via priority mail.

Add ons:

$25 for placenta print

Upon receipt of your $100 deposit, we will add you to our schedule, send you collection instructions and make pickup arrangements.

We are careful to schedule only the number of placentas we can safely process and hold time for you in our calendar.

Remaining balance (if there is one) is due by 36 weeks of pregnancy. We look forward to creating something wonderful together!

Support Birth Clients choose sliding-scale fee between $300-$200 for placenta encapsulation. Please fill out your chosen amount in the intake form.

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What is the Green Bottle Sliding Scale?

The top price on the scale is the actual cost of the placenta service. If you choose a price below the top tier you are receiving a discount.

When you pay first tier (Full Bottle) ... know that your payment is matching the value of the services you’re receiving and you’re helping others access the same services who may not be able to otherwise.

The middle price is for those who are able to meet their basic needs but have little-to-no expendable income. Paying for this service may qualify as a sacrifice but it would not create hardship.

When you pay second tier (Half Bottle) ... know that your payment is helping Community Doulas cover costs associated with providing care for you and your family.

The bottom price is for those who struggle to meet basic needs and paying for this service would still be a significant hardship.

When you pay third tier (Low Bottle) ... know that our agreement, no matter what amount you pay, is a way that our community supports each other and shares our gifts, passions, and missions!

The Pay-It-Forward price is a few bucks above the actual cost of the service and that extra money goes towards supporting scholarships as well as future free and low-cost services. Essentially it's an opportunity to not only enjoy your encapsulation, but also support your fellow community members while you're at it. Sweet!

We’ve personally experienced the varying fullness of our “bottles” at different points in life and we want you to feel totally comfortable choosing what is right for you. Our financial policies are about trust, economic justice, and acknowledging that people are more than their financial reality and that we don’t need to be ashamed to talk about money.

 

Support Birth will work with all clients to ensure that finances are not an obstacle to receiving the support you need for your pregnancy and birth.

Sliding scale adapted from Alexis J. Cunningfolk

* Basic Needs include food, housing, health care, and transportation.

 

** Expendable Income might mean you are able to buy coffee or tea at a shop, go to the movies or a concert, buy new clothes, books, and similar items each month, etc.

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Placenta Humanum research link Theim Journals Homœopathic Links 2013; 26(3): 191-195

Matrodonical remedies Naturopathic Doctor News and Reviews

The Evidence on Placenta Encapsulation Evidence Based Birth podcast and transcript

Placenta Humanum Cases from Paediatric Practice Hpathy.com

Human Placenta Research Project at NIH 

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