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Many women look to placenta encapsulation as a natural way to even their hormones after birth and avoid postpartum depression.  For thousands of years, the placenta has been recognized a powerful and natural remedy to support a woman during her journey after birth. During pregnancy, the placenta provides nourishment to the baby and secretes hormones that regulate and maintain pregnancy.  After the birth, the placenta is full of essential feel-good hormones that can also heal, sustain and strengthen the mother during the postpartum period. The placenta's hormonal make-up is completely unique to the mother thereby making it the perfect supplement to replace her lost hormones during the birthing process.

In Harmony Birth offers placenta encapsulation and other placenta services to mothers in the Philadelphia area. Keli Engleson is a Placenta Specialist IPPA trained and certified in Bloodborne Pathogens for Placenta Encapsulation Professionals (OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard) following high safety and sanitization standards when encapsulating each placenta. You may choose to have your placenta processed in your own kitchen, or in the workspace of your Placenta Specialist.  The menu of placenta preparation options include encapsulation, tincture, salve, and placenta prints. 

Benefits of consuming your placenta may include:

  • Preventing and lessening the risk of Baby Blues
  • Natural pain relief and healing
  • Stabilize and balance post birth hormones
  • Replace hormones and nutrients lost during birth
  • Balanced mood
  • Lactation support
  • Replenish depleted iron levels
  • Promotes Energy
  • Restorative Sleep
  • Immune Booster
  • Establishing an early and healthy milk supply
  • Reduce post-natal bleeding
  • Replenish B vitamins and energy
  • Lending a constant flow of oxytocin long after your birth euphoria ends
  • Make for a happier, more enjoyable post-natal period

What hormones and nutrients are in placenta?

  • Oxytocin: known as the “love hormone.” Produced during breastfeeding to facilitate bonding of mother and infant. Helps shrink the uterus back to its normal size
  • Cortisone: combats stress and is energy boosting
  • Gamma globulin: immune booster that helps protect against postpartum infections
  • Gonadotrophin: the precursor to estrogen, progesterone and testosterone
  • Hemoglobin: replenishes iron deficiency and anemia
  • Interferon: stimulates the immune system to protect against infection
  • Prolactin: promotes lactation
  • Prostaglandins: anti-inflammatory
  • Urokinase inhibiting factor and factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing
  • Cytokins – Fibroblasts that trigger cell metabolism healing/replacing damaged tissues
  • Iron – essential for oxygen absorbtion in the cells
  • Vitamins B6 – aids in the making of antibodies
  • Vitamin E – for healing damaged skin cells

How it works
During your pregnancy, we discuss the options listed here in greater detail, and you decide which preparations are right for you. After the birth of your baby, please contact us as soon as possible, so we can arrange a time to pick-up your placenta. In most cases, we arrive within 12 hours of the birth, often sooner, but we guarantee pick-up between 24-48 hours. We ensure safe transfer of your placenta, and follow strict guidelines for safety and cleanliness in the preparation environment. We prepare your placenta as directed by you, and ensure your preparations are ready for you within 48 hours of pickup. We provide written directions and support on how to use your preparations as well as a list of local resources to support you in the postpartum period. After you receive your preparations, we remain available to you by phone, text, and email for any questions or concerns you may have. 

Placenta Services

Using your method of choice Steamed Dried Placenta Method based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Raw Dried Placenta Method, or Half Steamed and Half Raw. We prepare your placenta by dehydrating and grinding it into fine powder. Powder is then placed into individual capsules. Option for Placenta Specialist to prepare in your home.

Breastfeeding Assistance
We are trained to provide breastfeeding assistance. We can answer questions and help direct you to resources. 

First Night Home Postpartum Doula Overnight Care & Placenta Specialist Package  
Postpartum doula overnight care (8 hours) and Placenta Specialist services on your first or night second home. Available one day after home births. The postpartum doula will care for the newborn and the mother in their home. Please see Postpartum doula services to learn more.  During this visit all services included for Placenta Encapsulation Basic will also be prepared in your home. Optional Raw Placenta Smoothie preparation included upon request. 

Booking information 
I take a limited number of placenta clients per month so I encourage you to contact me to reserve your spot during pregnancy. I can guarantee my availability only with your reservation and $100 non-refundable deposit which will put me "on call" for your encapsulation. The balance is due at the first appointment. Contact to reserve.