Placenta Encapsulation

Placenta Encapsulation Testimonials

“Rebekah made the process so simple! ”

— Sarah, a Happy Mom in Corinth, Texas

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“It made such a difference! I won’t have a baby again without doing encapsulation. It made such a difference between my first and second postpartum.”

— Elizabeth, a happy postpartum mom in Denton, Texas

“My recovery has been great and I think it’s definitely due in part to the placenta pills!”

— Kate, a happy client in McKinney, Texas

Placenta Encapsulation FAQ

Why North Texas Placenta Services?

North Texas Placenta Services holds professional certification for placenta encapsulation and preparation. We hold a current Texas Food Handlers Safety Card and maintain Blood Borne Pathogen training certifications with OSHA. We maintain the highest level of professional standards for our work and only process one placenta at a time.

Will they let me keep my placenta?

It is now Texas law that all women have the right to take their placenta home from their place of birth! Just let your care provider know that you want to keep your placenta and bring the necessary supplies to keep it. (2 - gallon zip lock bags and a cooler)

Do you offer services besides placenta encapsulation? 

I do! I am also a birth doula and postpartum belly binding specialist. I serve families all over North Texas! You can learn more about these services here

What supplies do I need to take with me to the Hospital/Birth Center to be prepared for Placenta Encapsulation?

You will need two 1 gallon ziplock bags to put the placenta in (double bagged) and a cooler to keep the placenta on ice until it is picked up. I will actually transport the placenta in my own cooler, yours is only used to keep the placenta cold at the place of birth.
(I do not return coolers after encapsulation) 

How soon after birth do I need to get the placenta on ice?

As quickly as possible. The first hour or so after birth is usually very busy with adoring the newborn but the placenta needs to be on ice within the first 3 hours postpartum. This is a great job for your doula! 

I'm Group B Strep (GBS) positive, can I still encapsulate?

Yes! Because we dehydrate the placentas at a safe temperature according to Texas Food Handling regulations it is safe to encapsulate. GBS is a colonization not an infection therefore it is still safe to encapsulate. 

What if I develop an infection in labor?

If anything happens in labor that makes it potentially unsafe to encapsulate your placenta, I will refund your fee! This includes an infection during labor (chorioamniotisis or "Chorio") or if baby develops an infection in the first 24 hours after birth. 

I'm birthing at Home, Do I need to put it in an ice chest?

That is up to you! You can use an ice chest and ice to keep your placenta cold after birth or you can put the double bagged placenta in your refrigerator to wait for pick up. 

What if I am having a cesarean section birth, can I still encapsulate? 

Yes! You absolutely can! Just make sure that your birth team knows that you would like to keep your placenta! 

I'm at the hospital and I forgot a cooler, what do I do?

Double bag your placenta in ziplock bags and put it on ice in one of the basins in your room for bathing baby. Call me and I will come get it asap! 

What if my placenta has to be sent to pathology?

Rarely placentas need to be further examined after birth. If your provider would like to send your placenta to pathology remind them that you would like to take it home. The placenta can be examined in your room and if further analysis is required a piece of the placenta can be sent to pathology for study. If your whole placenta is removed from your room to go to pathology it is no longer safe for encapsulation as we do not know if it was cross contaminated. 

How/When will I receive my finished Placenta Capsules?

Finished capsules are mailed to you within 24-72 hours after placenta pick up. I will notify you when your capsules are on their way. 

How soon after I let you know I had baby do you pick up?

I will pick up your placenta as soon as possible. It depends on the location of your birth, if it is the middle of the night and you are able to keep your placenta with you in your hospital room or take it home with you from the birth center I will pick it up in business hours the following day. Unfortunately some local hospitals require that the placenta is picked up immediately and for those birth locations I or an employee will come pick it up within 2 hours of your call. 

How long can my placenta be in the refrigerator? 

Placentas can be well iced or in the refrigerator for 72 hours from birth. If it is not possible to encapsulate within that 72 hour window of time the placenta must be frozen. Frozen placentas (Double bagged to prevent freezer burn) can be processed up to six months after being frozen. A frozen placenta must be completely thawed to begin the encapsulation process which may take a couple of days. Placentas for consumption must never be frozen, thawed and re-frozen. 

What areas do you offer Placenta Encapsulation for?

I offer placenta encapsulation to the greater North Central Texas region including Dallas, Fort Worth (DFW), Denton, Lewisville, Flower Mound, North Fort Worth, Carrollton, Addison, Grapevine, Frisco, Gainesville, McKinney, Allen, Plano and surrounding areas. 

Placenta Encapsulation with Angie's Birth With Love

I am so happy to share one of the great local resources that Denton County has available for expecting families! Angie Stewart is a placenta encapsulation specialist working with families in Denton, Decatur, Gainesville and the surrounding areas. Without further adieu, everyone, meet Angie!

Hi Angie, thank you so much for taking the time to share with us today! Can you tell us a little about yourself and what you do?

Hi!  I am Angie Stewart.  I am mother to four amazing kids.  I have been in the birth world for 20 years.  I am a local certified birth and postpartum doula.  In the last two years I have added placenta encapsulation to the services I offer.

What first got you interested in placenta encapsulation?

I learned about placenta encapsulation during my retraining for my doula certification.  I found the information and benefits very fascinating.  I did some research on my own to back up and confirm the things I learned about it during my retraining.  

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Do you have any particular passions within the birth field?

I enjoy working with all types of families.  I always learn so much from each of them.  I enjoy working with young moms and first time moms.  It is such a gift to see their reactions to all of the new things they're experiencing.  VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) moms amaze me whether they have a successful VBAC or RCS (Repeat Cesarean Section).  Their determination, the moms finding their voice if they felt they lost it in the birth resulting in a c-section is so uplifting and powerful!  It has been very eye opening to work with families who have a different faith then me.  I love getting to hear about what they practice, what their beliefs are, getting to be a part of their religious practices and rituals.

Tell me about one of your favorite experiences working in placenta encapsulation.

I like to listen to music.  So I usually will play music while I am working on preparing the placenta for dehydration.  One day I was playing music while working on a placenta listening to Marvin Gaye.  I wondered if it added a little more happiness to the capsules.  I am always amazed working with the placenta's, what they represent and the role they play in helping to develop the baby.  

You have been in the birth industry for two decades. What has it been like to work with two generations?

The coolest placenta I worked on was for a friend's daughter.  I was there when she was born 20 years ago and now she was a child of her own, that I would welcome into the world as well.  It was neat to see life begin and that life to birth a new life.  I am sentimental.  I had a mom who I worked with as a birth doula and there was some concern she could experience postpartum depression.  We had discussed getting her placenta encapsulated but they didn't have the extra money, so we let it go.  She ended up having a c-section and I felt with things not going as expected she may have a few more difficulties.  So I encapsulated her placenta.  She was grateful for what I did.  It was a blessing!

How do you feel you are having a positive impact with your clients?

I always try and follow up with moms I have encapsulated for and they all seem to report back that it is going well.  They feel like they have more energy, milk supply and overall feel great.  I have had some who hold on to them to use later as needed.

To close, how do you believe placenta encapsulation can make a positive difference in the birth and postpartum experience for women?

I have read articles that have spoken to the fact that all mammals, except humans, consume their placentas. I feel there is some truth to the benefits the mammals receive in doing so.  I feel it is the same for humans as well.  When I had my children a woman choosing to encapsulate her placenta was not something that was discussed or was still considered taboo.  If I wasn't passed the years of having children I would encapsulated my placenta, especially because of the benefits.  I wish there could be more studies done on the benefit of consuming a placenta but would hate for the FDA to be that involved because it could change the true effect it has on women.  For the skeptics I would say try it.  What's the harm in seeing if you feel the benefits?  As new moms we all could use the energy those early days when we feel tired.   

Thank you so much for chatting! Let us know how can we find you?

My website is:  

http://www.angiesbirthwithlove.com/extra-services

Angie Stewart, CD(DONA)

Angie's Birth With Love Doula Services

940-594-8297

"Trust your instincts; Follow your heart and birth with love."

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