Questions To Ask A Placenta Encapsulator

Questions To Ask A Placenta Encapsulator

Not sure what to ask about placenta encapsulation? Are you concerned about sanitary procedures? Are you wondering what is involved for you? How will you know the placenta pills you get are yours? Here are some basic questions to help you find the best support for your encapsulation and you and your baby!

Due Date Truths

You are given a date.

A Due Date

It is normally based on the date of your last menstrual period or from an ultrasound.

The date can change throughout pregnancy or it can stay the same.

What does that date actually mean?

Truth is, it is an estimation of when you might go into labor.

There is a wide window of gestation between 265-300 days. Most women are given 40 weeks as their due date and that is calculated by subtracting 265 from 300 which gives you 35 days. Divide that by two and you have 17. 5 days. Add 265 to 17.5 to get 282.5. That equates to 40.3 weeks.

Essentially, you have a birth month.

According to the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology the following terms represent term births:

Early term is between 37 weeks and 38 weeks and 6 days

Full term is between 39 weeks and 40 weeks and 6 days

Late term is between 41 weeks and 41 weeks and 6 days

Post term is between 42 weeks and after.

It is up to you and your provider when you may want medical management if you do not have your baby by a certain date, but know that your baby will come and be in your arms before you know it. No matter if you decide to induce or wait, our doulas at Northern Virginia Birth Services support your choice and are there waiting patiently when you need them. 

We are the same

There is a popular kids show right now on Disney Junior called The Lion Guard. 

Toddlers and young children are singing the songs in the circles of playgroups and acting out the stories with their animals. 

Our children enjoy the show and the music featured in each episode. There is one episode with a specific song that reminded me of parenting and the varied opinions that everyone around you share when you become a parent. 

Sisi Ni Sawa

It means "we are the same" in Swahili. 

As a premier doula agency in Northern Virginia we meet parents who share about what they are told is the "right" or "wrong" way to birth, parent, feed, or care for their children. 

Home birth vs. Hospital birth

Managed labor vs. Non managed labor

Medicated birth vs. Non medicated birth

Breastfeeding vs. formula

Co-sleeping vs. crib

Sleep training vs. Not sleep training

Feeding Schedules vs on demand feedings

Sleep schedules vs. On demand sleep schedules

Organic vs. Non Organic

Working outside the home vs. Stay at home

Cloth diapers vs. disposable diapers

Vaccinating vs. Not vaccinating

The comparisons can go on and on!

But Really........

We are all the same!

Each parent is trying to do right by their children with love and each parent  has a lot at stake here. 


This is your body, your baby, and no one knows those two things better than you.

Even though we disagree, our choices are the best ones for our family. 

Trust your instincts, your mind, your heart. You know what is best. 

Sure there are mistakes but you can't do this "wrong" when you deeply and unconditionally love your child. 

At Northern Virginia Birth Services, we will continue to create a warm, welcoming and supportive community with our support and services as you grow your families your way!

Jillian Harris Swears by Her Placenta

The Bachelorette, HGTV star Jillian Harris is enjoying an amazing postpartum time and swears it is because of her placenta.

Yes! Jillian Harris ate her placenta.

It isn’t as bad as it sounds.

Harris ingested capsules to help her transition easier from birth through the first few weeks postpartum. More and more women are desiring this service to assist their transition. Even if a woman is not sure she will ingest the pills, some opt to still encapsulate so the pills are there if she feels she needs them.

It is security.

It is smart.

It works.

Harris describes her experience with increased energy and emotional balance. Other women find they have less fatigue, healthy milk supply, balanced mood and much more.

At Northern Virginia Birth Services, we provide our encapsulation clients with an experience of support and care. We do not do crazy…we do safe and normal. Our postpartum placenta specialists will support you best in your home, guaranteeing the safest process for you and your family. You can find out more about our process here.  Join the red carpet circle of strong, smart women (and celebrities) who have enjoyed the amazing benefits of placenta encapsulation

She Doesn't Need Saving!


Women in labor don't need saving. They need support…

There is a notion that a woman in labor needs saving from the discomfort, or lengthy time and/or pressure of labor.

Truth is she does not need saving.

She needs support.

She needs help and resources to guide her every step of the way. Sometimes that support can be in verbal cues, reassurance, love and kindness. Telling her that she’s strong, powerful and amazing.   Sometimes that support is physical with massage and pressure points, holding her hand, having your head placed on hers, or slowly breathing setting the pace for her to breathe in and out. Assuring her that her birth rhythm is just perfect.


Women in labor need to be allowed space. To empower themselves and own their birth.  To ask questions and make sound decisions. To be an active participant, not have things done to them.


The role of the Doula is to support the mother. To be the sturdy chair in the corner that mom can sit on or hold onto. Then when she doesn't need it, is still there quietly holding the space.


The woman in labor does not need a superhero to come in and fix her. There is nothing to be saved from.  Doulas are more like Sherpas, guiding a laboring woman up the mountain. The doula can show the laboring woman some options along the way. Supportive routes when detours emerge. Ultimately the expectant mother must climb the mountain herself. It’s her birth journey.


Whether she reaches the top and sees the view from the mountain peak, or turns down the mountain, it is her journey. She needs no saving. She needs support, love and reassurance. Birth like life, is a journey. No two adventures are ever a like. We must allow each birth to unfold the way it was meant to.