Pricing & Info
- Choice of processing method to meet your unique needs.
- Capsule options to make ingestion a little easier to swallow.
- Transport kit to make storing the placenta a total no-brainer.
- Pick-up of the placenta after birth so you can bask in that after birth glow.
- Delivery of capsules so you can completely focus on your little one.
Returning clients save 10%!
Tincture $40 – 4 oz
Don’t fret about coming to the end of your placenta pills. Get a tincture! This long-lasting, shelf-stable bottle of happy will give you a little boost from postpartum to menopause.
Salve $40 – 4 oz
After nine months of stretching, your skin deserves some major TLC. This all-organic salve uses calming herbs (and your placenta) to sooth and heal your body’s largest organ. From stretch marks to cesarean scars, this salve is a treat!
Bengkung Belly Binding $75
Giving birth can leave you feeling a little hollow inside – literally! This gentle belly bind supports your back, encourages the sides of your core to meet again, and nudges the healing process along. Bengkung Belly Binding is offered à la carte from $85, depending on distance. Contact Kate for details.
Tincture + Salve $75
Tincture or Salve + Belly Binding $110
Tincture + Salve + Belly Binding $125
Method & Process
What method of encapsulation do you offer?
I use two different methods for encapsulation. The first is the Traditional Method, which is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. In this method the placenta is gently steamed for 20-30 minutes to reach an internal temperature of 160*F, before being dehydrated at 160*F.
I also do a Raw Encapsulation. In this method the placenta is not steamed and goes into the dehydrator in raw strips, also dehydrated at 160*F. For more information on the Raw Method, check out my blog about it here: Three reasons to try it raw. The choice is yours, but if you feel overwhelmed I’m happy to help guide you.
What kind of capsules do you use?
I offer two types of capsules for you to chose from: clear, non-flavored vegetarian capsules and purple, berry-flavored gelatin capsules. For more informations about capsule choice check out my blog about it here: Placenta with a side of berries, please!
What’s in my capsules?
I love herbs and essential oils as much as the next person (perhaps even more, if the next person happens to be my husband), but when it comes to placenta capsules I’m a purist. What’s in your capsules? Ground-up powder from your placenta. That’s it.
Where does the encapsulation take place?
I do the encapsulation in my dedicated placenta lab in my home. Unless you go home right away, I am almost always able to get your capsules to you before you leave the hospital. Prefer that the encapsulation takes place in your own home? No problem. I am happy to refer you to a specialist that can accommodate your preferences.
How long does the process take?
My turn-around time is generally 72 hours or less. The process takes place over two days, as the placenta needs to dehydrate for 12-30 hours. The hands-on process on day one is usually about 1.5 – 2 hours long and about 1 – 1.5 hours long on day two.
What’s a tincture?
A tincture is an extraction of something (often herbs, but in this case, your placenta) that is preserved in a liquid, typically alcohol. I like to explain the placenta tincture as “capsules for the long haul”. It takes about six weeks for the tincture to mature and be ready for use. After that, it can be used to continue the benefits of your capsules (if needed), or saved for an emotional rainy day. Many women hope to save their tincture to use during menopause, when hormonal fluctuations are common. Other times of need may be the return of your period, while weaning your child, or leaving your child for the first time. Read more about tincture here.
…and a salve?
My placenta salve is made with entirely organic ingredients, plus some of your placenta powder. It is a fabulous moisturizer with many soothing properties. It can be used for anything from chapstick to hand lotion but you might find it especially useful for sore nipples, healing a cesarean section scar, and soothing stretched out skin on your belly and breasts.
What’s your cleaning process?
APPA works hard to raise the industry standards for safety and sanitation, which is great news for clients! I am more than happy to detail the ins and outs of how I clean my placenta kitchen for you; just ask for the nitty gritty! But the short answer is: BLEACH. A 10:1 ratio (9 parts water to 1 part bleach) is what is effective in killing blood-borne pathogens and that is what I strictly adhere to. Find out more about BBPs at epa.gov.
Reservations & Payment
How do I reserve my placenta encapsulation?
If you have questions regarding any aspect of the encapsulation contact me via my Contact Form or call/text me at 773.669.4437. When you’re ready to go ahead and reserve your encapsulation on my calendar fill out my Placenta Booking Form on-line. Submit that, along with your payment, and you are booked!
What happens next?
As soon as I receive your booking form and payment, I will pop your handy-dandy transport kit in the mail to the address you’ve provided on your booking form. What is this transport kit I speak of? Packed in a tidy little package that you can toss in your hospital bag, it contains a cooler, bags, and super-clear instructions to make safe storage of your placenta a total no-brainer! I’ll also send you some info via email, so be on the lookout for that. Then? Just sit back like the queen that you are and wait for your darling little one to make an appearance. Once you’ve birthed, let me know that you’re ready for a placenta pick-up. A few days later, I take care of capsule delivery so you can focus on taking care of your baby.
I want to add a tincture/salve/belly binding/doula services to my original order. Can I do that?!
Of course! I’d love to provide any service you’d like. Just email me the details of what you’re looking for and we’ll go from there. Even if you change your mind once I have your placenta, I can most likely still add a tincture or salve for you. It never hurts to ask!
What if I book while I’m in labor or after I’ve had my baby?
Totally happens, and it’s totally fine. You can pay online at any time. However, clients that book less than two weeks from their estimated due date are responsible for providing their own disposable cooler (I’ll still provide the instructions) and bringing it to the hospital. (As long as you haven’t gone into labor yet, I’ll pop a transport kit in the mail to you as soon as you book – best to have two than none!) The most crucial thing to remember when booking in labor or after your sweet one is here is to store the placenta properly: lots of ice, into the fridge ASAP, and into the freezer if you’re still undecided at 48 hours post-baby.
I can’t/don’t want to encapsulate anymore. Where’s my money?!
Refunds are totally easy. It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes a placenta is rendered unusable for encapsulation. Even more rare, a would-be client decides not to go through with encapsulation. Whatever the reason, let me know – before the placenta is in my hands – and I will refund your payment minus a $25 retainer fee (to cover transport kit, shipping, and administrative costs) within 2 weeks of your notifying me.