A return to our instincts...
As humans, we are not strangers to the incredible benefits that come from the placenta. For thousands of years the Chinese have used placentas to benefit the mother after childbirth with things like insufficient lactation or for an overall rebalance of her body. As the modern world developed, consumption of the placenta has significantly diminished.
As mammals we have not forgotten this ritual. All mammals, with the exception of camels, whales, and dolphins, consume their placenta in the moments following the birth of their young. This is not to cover the tracks of their birth, as it would be too difficult to remove all of the scents from both mother and baby. This is not due to hunger or survival, as it is consumed regardless of times of feast or famine. (Even herbivores consume their placentas.) This is purely instinctual. Something within the mother knows that she will benefit from this process.
Fortunately we have evolved beyond that instinctual, carnivorous mammal into a species that is learning the scientific benefits of the placenta as well as a more delicate way to obtain its nutrients. The services that we offer you can potentially help you in areas that require assistance in your transition into motherhood. This wonderful organ has beautifully nourished your baby and your body throughout your pregnancy. Let it help continue to nourish you in your postpartum time just as nature intended.
Consciously Born encapsulators are
OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Certified and ServSafe Food Safety Certified
Potential benefits with encapsulation:
An increase in energy. Placentas contain more than just hormones. They are packed with iron which something that is lost in childbirth. Little boosts of this iron in your postpartum time give you some extra pep throughout your day.
Decrease in postpartum depression. This is a big one! We are no stranger to postpartum depression (PPD). Studies show that up to 80% of women experience some symptoms of PPD, mild or severe. Your placenta has been supporting you hormonally throughout the duration of your pregnancy. After delivery it leaves your body, taking with it all of the hormones it was once providing. These hormone fluctuations can cause stress in the months following childbirth along with the stress of caring for a new baby and the sleep deprivation that goes along with having a newborn. Placenta pills offer you a gently weaning from these significant hormones to help you feel mentally balanced quicker and easier.
Helps fight infection. Gamma globin and interferon are two ingredients within the placenta that help the body fight infection, something to definitely avoid when caring for a new baby.
Decrease in postpartum bleeding and quicker reinstatement of your uterus. Oxytocin is a hormone contained within the placenta. It helps your body to return your uterus back to its normal size. Though your body is still producing this, your placenta pills will give you a bit more to help this process along.
Stimulate milk production. This is another side effect that people consider the most beneficial. Oxytocin and prolactin help stimulate the production of breast milk. Studies show that consumption of the placenta greatly benefits both the speed in which your milk comes in as well as boosts the supply that you make as a breastfeeding mother.
Decrease in pain and swelling. Prostaglandins are substances from fatty acids that reduce swelling as well as affect pain signals to the brain. This aids in your healing and recuperation.
Encapsulation, (semi) Raw Method- This is the preferred method by both doulas and most clients. The placenta is dehydrated from its raw state, and the temperature kept at 160 degrees in order to retain as many nutrients and hormonal properties as possible, while also maintaining safe practice standards. You will generally get 100-150 capsules.
Encapsulation, Steamed Method- The placenta is steamed, bringing the temperature to a higher state and altering the properties. Reports state that this has a beneficial, but milder effect that is sometimes preferred. Capsule quantity decreases to approx. 80-120
**It has been a request that we do 1/2 raw and 1/2 TCM. We can offer you this modification to the service at $225 as the encapsulation fee.
Tinctures- A piece of your raw placenta (what is equivalent to approximately 5 pills) is prepared over a 6 week period. We will return it to you for delayed or immediate use. This is something that you can reach for instead of an over the counter pain reliever when you are experiencing hormonal headaches, cramps, unruly periods, or particularly hormonal days. You are also encouraged to save and use this at menopause.
($25 for 2 oz dropper or buy 2, get the 3rd for free!)
Placenta Prints- This is a way to remember your child's little passenger that resided in your belly. The umbilical cord makes a beautiful trunk and the veins extend out as branches. We use a high quality water color paper that will keep well and can be beautifully displayed for years. We prefer to use the blood on the placenta so that no additional ingredients are introduced before encapsulation but we will gladly use vegetable juice if you wish. Colors are not recommended, but if desired we can use safe, food grade colors.
($15 for 3 prints, additional $5 if vegetable juice or food coloring is preferred)
*I also offer stylized pen and ink or watercolor artwork over an additional print for an additional $35.
At home preparation- If you wish that the placenta be prepared within your home we charge an additional $50 for service in the Central Arkansas area. We will travel outside if needed, please contact us for pricing. If you live beyond our reach, we will do our best to connect you with an Encapsulation Specialist in your area.
In addition to these paid services we will also provide you with a sentimental heart shaped cord keepsake and digital photo sent to your email address for no additional charge.
Pick up & delivery is included in the charge of the service when delivering in the Little Rock/North Little Rock vicinity. Additional charges for surrounding areas are as follows:
-Bryant & Jacksonville= $5 delivery fee each way.
-Benton & Conway=$10 delivery fee each way
-Searcy & Hot Spring=$15 delivery fee each way
Other places of delivery will be on an individual basis based on miles traveled.
**Please note that placenta services provided by Consciously Born is not selling you a product but rather providing you a service in a time that you should be resting with your new baby and family. The FDA has not approved the consumption of placenta and this is not intended to treat or to cure any diseases.