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DIY Placenta Art + Encapsulation is one of my main creative outlets. 2010 was the start of my obsession with placentas, and I continue to remain in awe of them - every single person on this planet is alive because of their placenta. My mission is to dissolve the stigma surrounding this fascinating organ, and encourage each family to honor their baby's placenta in some way. 

The relationship with the placenta does not end with its disposal, whether by ritual burial or by hospital incineration. Placental symbolism is everywhere in our culture, from the handbags that we carry—holding our money, datebooks, and other items of survival—to the soft toys that we cram into our babies’ cribs. Some believe that much of our culture’s discontent and our urge to accumulate possessions—including all of the aforementioned—come from the traumatic loss of our first possession: our placenta. And each year we honor our placenta by lighting candles on our birthday cake—in Latin, the word placenta means “flat cake.”

-Dr. Sarah Buckley, M.D.

Placenta Services


I am based in Phoenix {AZ}, though shipping is an option. If finances are an issue, feel free to contact me with a barter/trade idea!

I have a dedicated prep space. All of my equipment is properly sanitized in between uses. I never prepare more than one placenta at a time. 

 Placenta Capsules: placenta is cut into strips, dehydrated, ground into a powder and put into capsules. Average number of capsules is 150. 

 Placenta Capsules: placenta is cut into strips, dehydrated, ground into a powder and put into capsules. Average number of capsules is 150. 

Amniotic sac preservation: sac is removed from the placenta, arranged in an artful way, and dehydrated. 

Amniotic sac preservation: sac is removed from the placenta, arranged in an artful way, and dehydrated. 

Placenta Prints: can be made using the blood from the placenta, or edible, non-toxic paint. Prints can be done on watercolor paper, or on canvas.  

Placenta Prints: can be made using the blood from the placenta, or edible, non-toxic paint. Prints can be done on watercolor paper, or on canvas.  

Placenta smoothie: a delicious smoothie is made using a small chunk of raw placenta - this does not alter the flavor of the smoothie.

Placenta smoothie: a delicious smoothie is made using a small chunk of raw placenta - this does not alter the flavor of the smoothie.

Umbilical Cord Keepsake: cord is artfully arranged and dehydrated to preserve for safe keeping. Beautiful in a shadow box!   

Umbilical Cord Keepsake: cord is artfully arranged and dehydrated to preserve for safe keeping. Beautiful in a shadow box! 

 

Placenta chocolates: placenta is dehydrated, ground very fine, mixed into melted chocolate and then put into individual molds to set. 

Placenta chocolates: placenta is dehydrated, ground very fine, mixed into melted chocolate and then put into individual molds to set. 

Placenta Photography: typical photos provided are of the placenta's fetal side, the maternal side, and any other interesting angles or features. 

Placenta Photography: typical photos provided are of the placenta's fetal side, the maternal side, and any other interesting angles or features. 

Placenta Tincture: you will be given a ready made tincture, as well as the remaining "mother tincture" to give you the ability to continue refilling your tincture bottle. 

Placenta Tincture: you will be given a ready made tincture, as well as the remaining "mother tincture" to give you the ability to continue refilling your tincture bottle. 

Placenta Package Includes:

 

  • Pick up of your placenta 
  • Photos of your placenta
  • A placenta print (on paper or canvas, with or without added color
  • Encapsulation 
  • Umbilical cord + amniotic sac preservation
  • Drop off of finished materials
  • Investment: $250
  • Extras: Tincture, chocolates, and smoothies - see intake form for pricing info. 
  • Feel free to contact me with any questions. 
 

Interested in having your placenta prepared? Please fill out our intake form. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Continue scrolling down to read our testimonials, and to read more about the benefits  of placenta consumption, and the different modes of preparation. 

Are finances not free-flowin' at the moment? Feel free to check out our page on barter/trade options!


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Did you know I also make delicious food? Below is a preview of the menu. If you'd like to add food on to be delivered with your placenta capsules - Click here for the order form! full menu is here: The Real Food Club


Benefits of Placenta Consumption

Did you know that, other than camels, humans are the only mammal that doesn’t consume their placenta?

Possible placenta benefits:

  • Balances your system

  • Replenishes depleted iron

  • Gives you more energy

  • Lessens postpartum bleeding

  • Contains your own natural hormones

  • Perfectly made by you, for you

  • Has been shown to increase milk production

  • Helps you to have a happier postpartum period by equalizing the quickly reduced hormonal state of your physical body

  • Helps to hasten the return of your uterus to its pre-pregnancy state through the oxytocin contained in your encapsulated placenta.

  • Can also be helpful during your monthly cycle, menopause, for general mood swings, periods of major life transition, etc. if properly stored for later use.

Click here for articles & info about placentas.

A widely noted benefit of placenta consumption is how it helps with postpartum depression, or prevents it all together.The placenta has very high levels of some vitamins, such as B6. This is the one that helps out with postpartum depression. The mother can reclaim these vitamins by ingesting her placenta.During pregnancy, the placenta takes over making CRH, a corticotrophin-releasing hormone, normally secreted by the hypothalamus, and well-known to be a stress reducer. During the last trimester of pregnancy, the placenta secretes the highest levels of CRH, also pouring great quantities into the mother’s bloodstream. With so much CRH being produced by the placenta, the hypothalamus actually shuts down its production. After the delivery of the placenta, the mother is sort of going “cold turkey” as the placenta is expelled in an instant. Now the hypothalamus has to compensate for the now low levels of CRH and begin secreting CRH again on its own again. This does not always happen easily or immediately, which results in the mother having much lower than average levels of CRH, thus triggering depression. A reasonable explanation for postpartum depression and an obvious but overlooked solution.

Which Mode of Preparation Should I Choose?

You do not have to choose one method of preparation. You could use part of your placenta for smoothies, and the rest for encapsulation. Part for encapsulation and the rest for a tincture. etc.

Raw: The placenta is most beneficial when consumed raw. Some mothers cut off a small chunk of placenta immediately after birth and hold it in their mouths to slow or stop postpartum bleeding. Others have their partner, doula or friend prepare them a smoothie containing a piece of raw placenta immediately after birth, or have a placenta preparation provider prepare them smoothies. 

Encapsulation: Not quite as potent as raw consumption, but still very powerful. You will start with a general doseage and then gradually reduce. Self regulation is key and doseage may be increased/decreased as needed. Capsules keep indefinitely if stored in the freezer and then used as needed (after the first few weeks of general dosage) for help with milk supply, mood swings, and times of transition. Capsules can also be used during your monthly cycle and menopause.

Tincture: The tincture is an energetic remedy, versus a physical remedy like encapsulation. It captures the energy and essence of the placenta. Tincture can be used on an as needed basis for mama, and is also beneficial because it can be shared with baby. For baby, it can help with teething, overall crankiness, times of growth spurts, big transitions, etc.

Chocolates: Think about how we crave chocolate when we are stressed. High quality chocolate contains minerals and endorphins, as does the placenta itself – so you are getting a double dose! We also add a bit of cayenne pepper – the pepper aids the vascular system opening, which means quicker absorption for the placenta magic.

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Testimonials

“I met with Katie early in my pregnancy to learn more about placenta encapsulation. She was kind and sympathetic over lunch, as I shared the struggles of my first post-partum experience with her. She answered all of my questions about placenta encapsulation and shared positive testimony from other women. Katie came to the hospital after I delivered our son to pick up my placenta and two days later brought the finished product (I chose capsules and a tincture) to our home, making the process enitrely seamless for me. I remember thinking what a blessing that I did not have to think about the “logistics” of this in the first hours and days after my son was born. I am now four months post-partum and still taking my placenta capsules. I am now a firm believer in the power of ingesting my placenta. Although the first months have been challenging, I have felt more balanced and resilient than I did after the birth of our daughter. Also, I make a LOT of milk (there have been some studies linking placenta ingestion and increased milk supply). When our post-partum doula went out of town, Katie happily filled in for a few nights. She gracefully filled the shoes of our regular doula, moving quiety through our home in the wee hours of the night. I trusted that Katie would lovingly care for our newborn so I could get some much needed rest, and she did. I would recommend Katie to anyone considering placenta encapsulation or a post-partum doula; and I can’t imagine a post-partum experience without either!”

Jennie, March 2015


“Katie has been wonderful to me! She is one of those people who you feel like you have known forever even if you met her just yesterday. She encapsulated my placenta for me very quickly, she let me in on the breast feeding cafe that she is a part of (which was wonderful for me in my first few weeks), listened and given me great ideas, and in general is just a wealth of information! She is one person who I can really bounce ideas off of and not feel judged which is wonderful! I feel like Katie really has a passion for what she does and the people she helps. I would recommend Katie to anyone and everyone! She really seems to know her stuff and has her heart in the right spot.”

Mary, March 2015

 

“I was lucky enough to have found Katie through a mutual acquaintance and am so thankful for it!! I was about 30 weeks pregnant with my third child (my other two are 3 years old and 13 months old) and my husband is deployed so, I had my hands full!! Katie is a warm soul and I felt comfortable with her the moment I shook her hand. We discussed her variety of services as well as the details of placenta medicine (which is what intrigued me to contact her in the first place). She explained all the benefits and the process (which was very simple) and I was sold! The week I delivered she came to the house and spent the day cooking a freezer full of meals for me which was such a blessing (and I am still working on those meals!). Everything was delicious and healthy and even my kids love it!! A few days after I gave birth, my placenta pills were in my possession. Katie picked up the placenta and got the pills to me, without me having to worry about or do a thing. She was a great find and I tell everyone about her.”

Jessica, January 2015


“I couldn’t possibly have been happier that I chose Katie to care for my placenta. Her energy was most welcome into our birthing and postpartum space. It was a pleasure to meet her and I knew I could entrust her with something so precious to me. I was happy to see her again when she came back to share her lovely work with us. She presented everything so beautifully. We had opted for capsules, tincture, and a tree of life print. I was so impressed by the art of all she had made, including a sweet heart-shaped umbilical cord keepsake. Her obvious love for her work is inspiring. How fortunate I was to have found her!”

Kerri, August 2014


“My experience with Katie was wonderful! She is professional, kind and caring and provides a wide array of awesome services. I had my placenta encapsulated through her service and am so happy with the results. She made me a beautiful print of my placenta, which was a work of art. I would highly recommend Katie and am very appreciative of her time and the great services she provides! (placenta print + encapsulation + cord keepsake)”

Alison, June 2014

 

“When i first heard about placenta encapsulation and all of the benefits i knew i had to have it done. i had already started feeling a little blue, i knew that i would need a little help after my baby was born. i contacted katie and asked about encapsulation and i knew after talking to her we were a good match. after i had my son we dropped my placenta off to her and a couple of days later i received my package in the mail. i opened it and got the sweetest surprise, she had included my umbilical cord and placenta print. i honestly cried, it was so sweet. i would, and have recommended her to everyone i know. thank you katie!”

Sandhal,  June 2013


“I received my (placenta) package and was astonished. You did such excellent and beautiful work. Thank you so much for the gift you were able to give me. I am so touched, beyond words. I very much appreciate you, thank you! ♥ (placenta print + encapsulation + cord keepsake + preserved membranes)”

Crystal, May 2013