The placenta is an amazing organ the body grows for the sole purpose of nourishing the developing baby. A majority of mammals consume their placenta after birth and an increasing number of human mothers are adopting this practice with great results! After baby and placenta are born, we pick up the new mom's placenta and turn it into 100-200 capsules for her consumption. Women who use placenta say it makes them feel nurtured and balanced with more energy than they expected to have after giving birth. They also report an increase in milk production and it is believed to help boost iron levels in the mother.
We provide professional, safe and fast placenta encapsulation services around the Twin Cities Metro Area. To book our services, fill out this contact form to get started!
Anne was thrilled to be the first Certified Placenta Arts Specialist in the Twin Cities. She is certified through the Association of Placenta Preparation Arts. She has been providing professional encapsulation services since 2011.
Watch Anne on the news talking about placenta encapsulation in 2012.
WHY CHOOSE BYWATER BIRTH?
- Four specialists means your placenta will be picked up and processed quickly so you can begin taking your capsules as soon as possible. No waiting if another placenta just arrived (they come in waves) or if the specialist is busy at a birth or with another commitment.
- Preparation and sanitization protocols based on industry best practices and approved by APPA.
- Anne has received an internationally recognized certificate in IOSHA blood borne pathogens standard 29 CFR 1090.1030 training. We are serious about safety!
- Dedicated work spaces! Unlike many other providers we don't prepare your placenta in our home kitchen.
- Over 17 years of combined experience offering placenta encapsulation services.
SERVICES AND COSTS
Our Service Includes:
Basic Encapsulation: $235 for Traditional Method (TM/steamed) or Raw Start method. (Add $25 for half TM and half Raw Start)
Deluxe Encapsulation: $260 for either TM or Raw Start plus a Placenta Tincture (Add $25 for half TM and half Raw Start)
Premium Encapsulation: $275 for either TM or Raw Start, a Placenta Tincture and Organic Herbal Bath (Add $25 for half TM and half Raw Start)
Having TWINS? Add $50 to your package for the extra processing time and materials.
Optional add-on to Basic and Deluxe Packages:
$15 for Organic Herbal Bath (more below)
Repeat Placenta Clients and Hypnobabies students receive $20 off their package!
Our doula clients receive further discounts.
After the birth, you, your partner or your doula (if you have one) can text or call Anne to let us know the placenta is ready to be picked up. If it is the middle of the night, we ask that you wait until morning to get in touch with us unless there is an emergency. You should bring a small cooler so the placenta can be put on ice until we can get there. Keep adding ice so it stays cold! A few hospitals have fridges in the room that can also be used for this purpose but you cannot count on this. The hospital may have a bucket to put the placenta in, or you can bring gallon-size ziploc bags (and double bag it please!). The red biohazard bags that hospitals sometimes use are probably best avoided because they may be chemical-laden and are not food-grade. The placenta should be put on ice within an hour or two of the birth. Then we come to your place of birth and pick it up as soon as we can. It takes 1-2 days to process, then we return the capsules to you, sometimes at the hospital, sometimes at your home just depending on timing and your preference.
CLICK HERE to view our Placenta Encapsulation Brochure. This brochure explains the two preparation methods (traditional and raw start) and will help you decide which method is best for you. They are both great, so pick the one that resonates most with you or go with half and half if you can't decide!
Want to enjoy the reported benefits of your placenta for longer than the early weeks after giving birth? You can extend the life of your placenta by having us start a placenta tincture for you. Our "starter kit" includes: a raw piece of your placenta in a jar of high proof alcohol, a small funnel and coffee filter for eventual transfer into a tincture bottle, and a 2 oz tincture bottle.
How it works:
When we prepare your placenta for encapsulation, we will cut off a small piece of placenta and put it in a jar of high proof alcohol like Everclear. You will hold on to this jar for six weeks, rolling gently in your hands for 30 seconds each day to help the tincture infuse, and then after six weeks you can use the funnel and filter we provide to pour the tincture into the smaller bottle for easy use. You can keep the original tincture going by adding more alcohol (150 proof) and it will last indefinitely! Store both in a cool, dry place.
Then, use 5-10 drops of tincture in a small amount of water and take as needed. Mothers report it helps during times of stress, trauma, transition, menstruation, menopause and it can also be given to the child during challenging times, a few drops in a little water, however, it’s possible blood borne pathogens may not be destroyed by the alcohol so mothers should be aware of this before giving it to their child. You may wish to add the drops to hot water to neutralize the alcohol and then cool it before giving to the child.
Bywater Birth offers handmade organic herbal baths to aid in postpartum healing. Each package contains two muslin bags filled with a blend of organic herbs to soothe and heal you after the birth of your baby. These herbal baths can be used three ways: they can be placed directly into your bath water to make a healing sitz bath, they can be used to make a "tea" for your peri-bottle, or the "tea" can be poured onto your postpartum pads and frozen to make padsicles. We love helping our clients have an easier postpartum time, and these herbal baths make such a difference when you are healing up after giving birth!
Click HERE learn more and watch a video of Aileen showing you all the wonderful uses for these herbs.
What steps do you take to ensure this process is safe?
We follow all universal protocols for dealing with the safe handling of blood borne pathogens. Anne has completed certification through APPA including extensive training on universal protocols and precautions, blood borne pathogens and food safety. We take safety very seriously and only work on one placenta at a time. All equipment is washed in hot, soapy water, then soaked in a 10% bleach solution, then rinsed. We wear gloves, an apron, eyewear, and a mask to protect ourselves and our clients and take great care that everything is as safe and clean as possible. We also ensure the steamed placenta has reached 160 degrees and dehydrate raw placentas at 160 degrees to meet food safety standards.
Where do you do this process?
We encapsulate in our home work space. This allows us to get the capsules back to you very quickly if you have a hospital birth and allows us to work in a kitchen we know is clean and sanitary. It also keeps the smell (which some find unpleasant) out of your home!
How much experience do you have?
Anne has encapsulated over 700 placentas since 2011, Aileen has been encapsulating since 2014, Angela since 2010 and Ariel since 2016. We continue to learn and research to make sure we are providing the best and safest service possible. Working with placentas is a passion of ours!
Can I still encapsulate my placenta if...
There are very few reasons that you cannot encapsulate. You *can* still encapsulate if you: have an epidural, have a c-section, there is meconium present (baby's first poop), you are Group B strep positive, and more. The biggest thing that can happen that would render the placenta unsafe is a uterine infection called chorioamnionitis, or if the baby is diagnosed with an infection. Additionally, if your provider wants to send your placenta to pathology for any reason, you can ask that they 1) just send a piece instead of all of it, or 2) send it all but make sure it is refrigerated and NOT treated with ANY chemicals. It must be very clearly labeled in this case. Any treatment with any chemicals, or uncertainty about how the placenta was handled at this point will render the placenta unusable. We can wait to encapsulate until test results come back, or we can do the process immediately but you can wait to take them until you know the results of any tests. This scenario is very rare.
Is there any research on placenta encapsulation?
Much of our information at this time is based on anecdotal information from mothers who have tried encapsulation. However, there is some limited research out there. Note it is limited and in many cases old or of low quality.
We are excited to hear the results of a placenta vs. placebo study currently being done by the University of Nevada Las Vegas and expect those results in 2016. Our own surveys of over 300 clients show that a majority of moms report excellent results but at this time the data is only anecdotal.
2013 research from UNLV reports mothers' experiences with encapsulation.
Opiod-Enhancing factors in the placenta and amniotic fluid/tissues:
Mark B. Kristal, Jean M. DiPirro & Alexis C. Thompson (2012): Placentophagia inHumans and Nonhuman Mammals: Causes and Consequences, Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 51:3,177-197
Could it be the iron-rich nature of the placenta?
Research from John L. Bread et. al regarding the effect of iron deficiency on postpartum emotions and cognition.
Does the steaming process increase iron content? Reference to this presentation on the Placenta Benefits, Inc. blog.
Research from the 1950s on placenta's effect on breast milk production.
The above video features Rebecca Dekker of Evidence Based Birth talking about the newest evidence for placenta encapsulation.
"Anne was great. She was extremely supportive and willing to help me with any questions I had and with breastfeeding as well. She was very knowledgeable about the encapsulation as well as breastfeeding. The first couple of weeks were a very stressful time for me, but Anne helped me educate myself with breastfeeding techniques and ways to increase my supply. I have told many others about encapsulation and my positive experience, all have been very interested in my story and the services I received."
"I was hesitant at first mostly due to the safety of the process and of the consumption. I was very interested in the benefits and did not want to experience the bad baby blues I had with my first baby, or the low milk supply so I decided to give it a try. I did bring my placenta home and took a few days to make the decision. I am glad I did!"
"Fantastic - will definitely do it with my next child. Although, I kind of wish my pills lasted longer. Maybe next time I will take less at the beginning with each dose so that they last longer."
"Anne encapsulated my placenta using the raw method, and it was such a difference from my first birth! I felt bright and cheery when my milk came in, and at one week, and still at two weeks. I had experienced NO “baby blues” or post-partum depression symptoms! Anne provided great service throughout the process, and was flexible on timing as we adapted to life with our new baby!"
"I never experienced postpartum depression and I felt great!"
“ I was very happy that I chose to have my placenta encapsulated. I felt that it provided a source of energy and balance to my postpartum experience.”
“No signs at all of depression. High energy levels.”
“Great supplement to replenish and recover from giving birth. I would highly recommend to anyone.”