PLACENTA SERVICES

Placenta Services

THE PLACENTA:
So much more than a disposable organ!

Placentophagy (from ‘placenta’ + ‘phagy’ = to eat) is the act of mammals eating the placenta of their young after childbirth. Most placental mammals participate in placentophagy, including herbivores and primates. Fortunately you don’t have to eat the placenta like a piece of meat to obtain all the benefits that ingesting it can bring. The experts at Natural Beginnings can prepare your placenta, dry it, grind it up and encapsulate it so that all you need to do is simply pop a few pills!

The placenta contains high levels of prostaglandins which stimulate involution (the shrinking or returning to former size) of the uterus. The placenta also contains oxytocin which eases birth stress and causes the smooth muscles around the mammary cells to contract and eject milk.

Did you know that utilizing your placenta has the potential to help with:

– postpartum depression
– lactaction difficulties
– postpartum bleeding
– stress and transition
– replenishing nutrients and
– helping mothers have an all around happier post-birth journey.

I have prepared over 100 placentas into capsules and I can prepare your placenta in numerous ways. Each service includes encapsulation (raw or TCM-inspired), cord keepsake, placenta print, information packet and photo of your placenta (membranes removed) SMS’d to your phone:

Placenta Remedies and services:

*To apply for any of the Natural Beginnings placenta services, please fill out the online application form here and Virginia will be in contact with you within 48 hours.
**Take note that immediate call for placenta pick ups without first booking ahead will attract a $25 surcharge, so be sure to leave yourself enough time to book in case your baby comes unexpectedly early!

Placenta Encapsulation

RAW Placenta Encapsulation – $240

Raw food activists believe that steaming the placenta destroys some of the essential nutrients. Using this option provides a burst of energy upfront and great hormone stabilization.

The Raw method involves draining the placenta of excess blood, trimming of the membranes (or ‘sac’ which encases the baby), then after doing a ‘Tree of Life’ print and trimming off the cord to fashion into a keepsake, I slice the placenta into thin slices, put them in a dehydrator until they are crispy dry, put the dried pieces into a high power food processor, process it into a fine powder, then put the placenta powder into vegetarian capsules.

This services includes:
– Pickup and drop-off of placenta/remedy within the Sutherland Shire and St George areas* (or drop off and pick up from my house in Miranda).
– Your own placenta dried, ground and put into capsules (usually between 100 – 200)
– Information packet
– Placenta ‘Tree of life’ print
– Dried cord keepsake – heart or spiral shaped.
– Photo of your placenta SMS’d to your mobile phone
*An extra charge of $30 for out of my area such as Bankstown, RPA and RHW hospitals.

TCM Placenta Encapsulation – $260

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is believed that after the placenta has been born, the new mother’s uterus is left in a “cold” state. So the Traditional Chinese Medicine method of prepartion differs from the raw method in that the placenta is gently steamed with fresh lemon, ginger and chilli, before the dehydration, processing and encapsulation process. This method is thought to be warming and healing to the uterus, as well as bringing out the placenta’s healing and tonifying properties. *Due to the steaming process, there may be slightly less capsules than the raw method of preparation.

This service includes:

– Pickup and drop-off of placenta/remedy within the Sutherland Shire and St George areas* (or drop off and pick up from my house in Miranda)
– Your own placenta dried, prepared in the TCM-inspired style, ground and put into capsules (usually between 80 – 160)
– Placenta ‘Tree of life’ print
– Dried cord keepsake – heart or spiral shaped
– Photo of your placenta SMS’d to your mobile phone
*An extra charge of $30 for out of my area such as Bankstown, RPA and RHW hospitals.

Placenta Tincture – $40
Putting part of your placenta in tincture form is another way to stretch out its longevity. A small portion of placenta is added to alcohol and set to ferment for 6 weeks. Some of the benefits include hormone stabilization in your postpartum cycles, less bleeding during those cycles, energy and for menopause years down the road. The female child can also benefit from placental tincture once she begins her mensutration cycles.

Placenta Cream or Balm – $30

A cream or balm made of your placenta and a variety of healing herbs and oils offers healing properties to c-section scars once they are healed, haemorrhoids, perineal tearing, cracked or blistered nipples, eczema, sun burn, nappy rash (can be made cloth nappy safe!), skin irritation and more. The herbs added to your cream or balm are calendula, comfrey and chickweed; zinc; as well as essential oils of lavender, chamomile and geranium, making it a super healing ointment that also soothes and smells amazing!

Placenta Print and Cord Keepsakes -$30

These services are free with any encapsulation or tincture purchase. Your beautiful placenta is painted with blood (or for an extra $10 it can be done with natural wholefood colours which make the print far more vibrant, seen below right!) to make a forever lasting imprint of your placenta. Your umbilical cord is then removed and dried into a heart shape, spiral or first letter of your baby’s name (if long enough).

Pacenta print (blood)

Pacenta print (blood)

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Placenta print – coloured

Cord Dreamcatcher – $65 alone, or $50 with encapsulation.

Have your dried umbilical cord made into a Dream Catcher for your baby. The cord is dried into a circle which encases the dream catcher, and the web is hand woven with beads and wild bird feathers attached to the bottom. It is then hung above the bed and is said to catch people’s dreams. Bad dreams stay in the net and disappear with the light of day. Good dreams pass through and slide down the feathers to the sleeper. A lovely keepsake that will stay with your baby as it grows.

Placenta Smoothy

Placenta Smoothy

Placenta Smoothy $40, or $30 with any other package.

Placenta smoothies sound disgusting right? I always thought so too until I realised that the piece of placenta is the size of a 20c coin which, when blended into a smoothy, you can’t actually taste at all! All you taste is the delicousness of rice milk, fruits like banana, frozen mango and frozen berries, and whole superfood supplements. I use Amazonia Raw Multi powder and hemp protein.
All this will give you the quick energy and mood boost you need after having your baby, all delivered to your door or made in your own home.

Natural Beginnings Premium Package – $310 (Raw) or $330 (TCM)

This service includes:
– Pickup and drop-off of placenta/remedy within the Sutherland Shire and St George areas* (otherwise drop off and pick up from my house in Miranda)
– Your own placenta prepared, dried, ground and put into capsules (either raw or TCM-inspired method or half of each)
– Placenta Tincture
– Placenta Balm
– Dried cord keepsake – heart or spiral shaped
– Placenta ‘Tree of Life’ artwork
– Frozen cubes of Mothers Broth (if you choose TCM method)
*An extra charge of $30 for out of my area such as Bankstown, RPA and RHW hospitals.

Natural Beginnings Premium Plus Package – $360 (Raw) or $380 (TCM)

All of the Premium Package above PLUS the Cord Dream Catcher (instead of the Dried Cord Keepsake).
*An extra charge of $30 for out of my area such as Bankstown, RPA and RHW hospitals.

“We had the privilege of having Virginia prepare and encapsulate my placenta. She even went to the trouble of making some beautiful placenta prints and a dream catcher from the cord – they are the most unique and treasured keepsakes we have! The placenta pills were a godsend in those early weeks, I felt energised, my mood was fantastic and my post-partum recovery was fast: my uterus had shrunk right back down within a matter of days, and I only had minimal bleeding. Virginia kindly came to our home, picked up the placenta for encapsulation soon after birth and delivered it back to us within a couple of days – we didn’t have to do a thing, giving our new little family more uninterrupted time together…”
~Meg

**To apply for any of the Natural Beginnings placenta services, please fill out the online application form here and Virginia will be in contact with you within 48 hours.

Placenta Services Australia
Natural Beginnings is a proud supporter of Placenta Services Australia which is an Australia wide directory of Placenta Service providers.

Being listed as an accredited Placenta Specialist on Placenta Services Australia means that I have fulfilled the required training courses in Food Safety, and Blood Borne Pathogen training. You can rest assured that I take every step in insuring that each placenta is handled and processed with each client’s safety in mind.

 

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