Placenta Encapsulation

Nearly every new mother can have the opportunity to experience a great postpartum naturally, by using one simple resource ~ the encapsulated placenta.

Let me help support your postpartum wellness with my Encapsulation Service in the Reno, Tahoe, Truckee and Carson areas.

The Benefits:

The 5 main benefits that women frequently report are that it may:

1) help with postpartum depression

2) speed healing

3) increase lactation

4) build back your blood supply and iron count

5) increase your energy

Here is everything you need to know about the Encapsulation process:


The Prep:

Let your OB or Midwife know that you want to Encapsulate - it could be an item in your birth plan.


I recommend that you take 2 (1 gallon-size) ziplock bags with you to the hospital.  Have your OB (or nurse) put the placenta in the 1st bag, have your partner put ice in the 2nd bag. Then put the placenta bag in the ice bag.  Now it's double-bagged and on ice and will be good until I get there to pick it up (just make sure it stays on ice or refrigerated the whole time).


Sometimes, hospitals choose to put the placenta in their own plastic storage containers – that’s ok, just use your ziplock bags for ice bags.


*Tahoe Forest Hospital clients – let the nurses know of your desire to encapsulate your placenta and the nurses will save your placenta for you in their containers and their refrigerator – after they’ve taken their small piece to routinely be sent to the lab. 


The Pick-Up:

Put my number (775-721-9999) in your phone.

A labor heads-up text is always helpful.  :)

Then text or call when you have a placenta to be picked up.


If you have your baby between 8pm and 8am, just call or text the next morning (I don’t do middle of the night placenta pick-ups) :)  and I will make arrangements to pick it up from the birth location, a.s.a.p.  Just keep it refrigerated or on ice the whole time.  


The Training:

I have the highest regard for quality and safety and have completed training under my mentor, Jennifer West, (author of The Natural Healing Power of the Placenta).  I have also completed training and received certification in Bloodborne Pathogens for Doulas and Placenta Encapsulation Professionals (OSHA Standards) and have also received the Nevada Food Handler's Safety Training Card.

I adhere to strict safety standards according to the stringent protocols outlined in my training.  When encapsulating, because we need to adhere to the same protocols as meat, the placenta must be kept on ice or refrigerated and the process must be started no later than 72 hours after the birth or it must be frozen to be safe for ingestion.                

I also treat your placenta and the process with the utmost respect, safety and professionalism. 


The Contraindications:

Please let me know if you have any blood borne, communicable diseases or infection such as Chorioamnionitis (a bacterial infection of the uterus and amniotic sac during pregnancy.)  If this infection is present at the time of birth, the placenta should not be encapsulated.

The Process (for Capsules):

The placenta is then very well-cleaned, steamed, dehydrated (at a low temp to preserve maximum nutrients), powdered and put into “0” vegetarian capsules.

Average time for process – 1 to 2 days.


The Process (for Raw):

Many women say that the Raw Method is a bit more effective and gives them more energy than the capsules, so, they prefer to have some from both methods.


After the placenta has been cleaned, but before the steaming process, the choicest portion is chosen to be cut into 14 thumbnail-size pieces to be individually frozen.  Each frozen ‘nugget’ can be added to a fruit smoothy each morning for a couple weeks, while mama takes the capsules at night

as well.


The Payment:

The basic Encapsulation fee is $175.

The Raw Method is an additional $10.

I am based in Reno and do not charge a pick up or delivery fee. I am also willing to travel extra for your placenta for a nominal fee based on travel time (example: an hour travel time = $25 travel fee). Contact Sheri to discuss details if out of the area.

I accept cash, check or card and don't require any payment until the capsules are delivered to you – at the very end, when I also give you a dosage information sheet.


The Travel:

I do travel periodically, so when that happens, most people choose to have someone take the placenta home and put it in a freezer and I will do the encapsulation immediately when I get back.  If you opt to encapsulate and I'm not available, I am happy to give references of other Encapsulation Specialists.


The Next Step:

Contact me with questions or to confirm and answer these questions:

What is your name?

What is your phone number?

What is your due date?

What is your birthing location?

Who is your OB or Midwife?

I will put your information into my due-date tracking app and then I’ll wait to hear from you with a labor heads-up text.    

The Other Services:

Be sure to take advantage of my other services too:

P.A.C.E. Course (Peaceful Arrival Childbirth Education)

Thrive With Essentials – free Essential Oils Continuing Education Series

My Smart Hands ~ Baby Sign Language Courses