At Northern Virginia Birth Services we offer a method that has been around for thousands of years and based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). We use a traditional method by gently cleaning the placenta and also slowly steaming it with lemon and ginger herbs to help balance a woman after birth. The placenta is not cooked, rather steamed slowly at a certain temperature to kill bacteria and to provide the heat energy a mother needs in the postpartum period. The placenta is then placed in pieces in the dehydrator overnight. The following day it is put in a small blender to grind to salt like consistency and then placed in veggie capsules. Our PPS will discuss suggested consumption at that time with you.
This service is provided in your home so you can rest assure it is your placenta and cared for respectfully and safely in your home environment. We feel we can best serve you when we are with you. To make it easier on you, we will give you a transport kit with a spill kit for transporting your placenta home from hospital or birth center. The spill kit contains the required items that are recommended by the World Health Organization organ transfer guidelines. Our postpartum placenta specialists will come to your home to prepare the placenta over a two day period. Each day takes approximately 2-1/2 hours. Included in our services is the option for an umbilical cord keepsake and a blood placenta print. You also have the option of adding on a long lasting tincture or salve for a small additional fee. Don't fall for just any encapsulation service, allows us to serve you in your home as we prepare you placenta safely and with high regard.
ATTENTION: Please note the full course is broken into two sections, The first section focuses on basic childbirth education, while the second focuses on first latch techniques and infant care. We would recommend purchasing the course as whole, but if you want to purchase the sections separately you may: