What is Placenta Encapsulation entail?”

Placenta Encapsulation, derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine, is the process of steaming the placenta with lemon and ginger, slicing it into thin strips, dehydrating/”mummifying” the strips in a food dehydrator, then grinding them into a powder, that is then put into capsules. Process makes 70-150 capsules depending on the size and density.IMG_1676



“You want to ‘cook up’ my what?”

Think of it like a liver, but unlike a liver, which only filters out toxins, the placenta also  filters in nutrients, oxygen, and various hormones to the fetus during pregnancy.  A “super liver” that has all the added unique benefit of personalized hormone restoration.

You say you can include a tincture, what is that exactly?

Placenta Tincture is made by taking a dime-size portion of the maternal side of the placenta, and steeping in 100 proof alcohol for 6 weeks. It is then strained through a coffee filter into a 4 oz. amber dropper bottle. Store in a cool dark place and it will keep indefinitely. take 8-10 drops in some water/day to balance hormones during PMS or menopause.

How are clients kept separate during the processing? AND How do you prevent cross-contamination?

I am small scale and I only process 6 placentas per month at the most, so I rarely have more then one in my fridge at a time, but if I do, you can be sure it is labeled with your name and your baby’s date of birth/time.
I also carry a blood borne pathogens certification (like a tattoo artist) and am super aware of cross contamination of raw and dried blood.
I go through about 10 pairs of gloves during one encapsulation. Each time I do a placenta, all my work surface and supplies have to be throughly cleaned and sterilized. Anything that touched raw blood gets sprayed with a 10:1 bleach solution and soaks for at least 10 minutes. (And washed again)
 I clean my steam pot with a one-time use sponge and scour pad. I also use parchment paper in my dehydrator, for easy cleaning. 

When I do an art print, the placenta is laying on a disposable water proof chuck pad, to avoid getting blood on any surfaces. I am NEVER processing more than one placenta at a time ( unless in the case of twin placentas) 

 How do I save my placenta? Do you come pick up the placenta?

If you plan to give birth at the hospital tell your Doctor or Midwife that you would like to keep your placenta. (Put in Birth Plan) Most hospitals in SF wont have a problem storing it in an air-tight container in the fridge, or on ice. Make sure to bring your own small leak proof cooler, in case your particular hospital in not kosher to the idea of storing it in their fridge.

The following link is a helpful document to also bring with you to the hospital. Hospitals don’t want to be liable for anything, so it’s just a helpful thing to have incase your doctor is showing some resistance towards letting you take home your precious organ.


*If you give birth at home, have  your Midwife put it in a gallon sized zip-lock (double bag) or tupperware container in your fridge.

After the birth, you (or a support person) give me a call and we will arrange a time for me to come pick up your placenta. ( If it’s late , or the middle of the night please wait until 8 am the next morning before calling) I have a “medical lunch-box” filled with ice and I can meet you in your room, or have your partner bring it out to me.

 How and when do I sign up for your services?

Please try to contact me at least a few weeks before your due date

To reserve a space, please send me an email (sfplacentalady@gmail.com) including the following:

1) Your  full name and due date

2) Your cell number and place you are planning on giving birth

3) Partner or support person’s name and cell number

* If you would like an art print and/or tincture in addition to the encapsulation, please let me know 😉

After this, I will send you a $50 deposit request and confirmation email with some more info. regarding my services 😉

Do you take clients outside of San Francisco?

Yes, however I do not own a vehicle so I will most likely need to have a support person drop your placenta off at my place or meet them at a Bart station. I also can arrange to have a friend do the pick up if you are in the south or east bay.

When is payment due and what type of payment do you prefer? 

I prefer cash, check or venmo.

If you live in San Francisco payment won’t be due until after I drop your capsules off to you. ( by day 4 postpartum)

If outside the city, payment will be due the day I receive your placenta.

( since I will be priority mailing your capsules to you)

What if I am not sure I want to encapsulate my placenta until after my baby is born?

I always encourage women to save their placenta, even if they are not sure if they want to encapsulate it. You can always store it in the freezer until you decide what you would like to do with it.

I am interested in your services but not sure if I can afford it…do you offer any type of sliding scale?

If money is an issue please contact me so we can work something out. I can offer a sliding scale or trade option. I believe every woman should be able to have this service if she chooses.

Would you consider ingesting one’s placenta vegan friendly?

Yes. In fact, nourishing your body postpartum with it’s own “living meat” is especially recommended for those on a vegan or vegetarian diet because it’s so rich in iron and B-vitamins.  Also, I always use vegetarian capsules for encapsulation.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Micaela
    Aug 18, 2015 @ 22:30:13


    My wife is pregnant with twins. How much do you charge for encapsulating two placentas?

    Thank you,

    Hi Micaela,
    Thanks for your question. For twins I will encapsulate both placentas for the same price.


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