FAQs

For thousands of years, women all over the world have been honoring the placenta in many different ways. In many cultures, the placenta is believed to hold special healing properties for women during the postpartum period, likely due to its incredible life-giving and hormone-producing powers during pregnancy.


After birth, a woman’s body may take about 6 weeks to normalize its hormone levels and production. It is during this transitional phase that many new mothers normally experience a roller coaster of emotions and physical symptoms while the body adjusts. And while the benefits of ingesting your placenta have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and results cannot be guaranteed, the anecdotal evidence from our clients and the thousands of women that have consumed their placentas in capsule form point towards the following potential benefits:

  • Reduction in postpartum bleeding
  • Increased breastmilk supply
  • Overall feeling of calm
  • Decreased risk of postpartum mood disorders
  • Sustained energy levels
  • Stress reduction
  • Replenishment of hormones such as Oxytocin and CRH (stress reducer)
  • Replenishment of essential nutrients such as Vitamin B6 and Iron

Which process of encapsulation do you offer?

Boston Placenta offers the traditional method of encapsulation, which is based on traditional Chinese medicine. This process includes steaming the placenta prior to dehydration in order to eliminate any germs or bacteria. Additionally, this method is designed to help balance the placenta after childbirth. Knowing that this is the method we use gives our clients peace of mind for safe consumption.

What do you need from me?

As your Postpartum Placenta Specialists you can feel confident that our equipment and supplies are carefully selected and properly sanitized and prepared for your encapsulation according to OSHA Blood borne Pathogens standards. We will bring all that is needed for the process; all we need from you is your placenta, as well as access to a stove, sink, and electrical outlet. Everything else is our responsibility.

When do you start the process?

Ideally, we like to begin the process within the first 3 days following the birth. If this is not possible or undesirable for you, freezing your placenta is recommended. Your placenta can be frozen for up to 3 months. However, keep in mind that encapsulation is most beneficial within the early postpartum period.

Why do you do the process in my home?

As trained and certified ProDoula Postpartum Placenta Specialists, your safety and peace of mind and our professionalism are our top priorities. The guidelines that we are required to hold ourselves accountable to far exceed the current standards in the encapsulation industry. It benefits you to have this process done in your home in the following ways:

  • You can be confident that your placenta is in fact yours, as it is the only one in your home and you brought it there yourself.
  • There is no risk of your placenta being exposed to any bacteria unfamiliar to you that may interfere with healthy postpartum recovery.
  • As experts in the potential early challenges of the postpartum period, we can support you best when we are with you.

Do I need to be home during the process?

This is completely up to you and your comfort level. Whatever you decide is how we will move forward. As professionals, it is our desire to make the process as smooth and comfortable for you as possible.

How long does the entire process take?

The entire process will take approximately 24 hours. The Postpartum Placenta Specialist will be with you for about 2 hours each day for 2 consecutive days.

How many capsules will I get?

Placentas are usually around 1/6th of the baby’s weight. While we cannot guarantee how many capsules your placenta will yield, you can expect between 75 – 250 capsules.

What is a Placenta Tincture?

Tinctures are highly concentrated liquid extracts which take several weeks to infuse and achieve the proper strength. Placenta tincture can potentially be used during any time of stress or emotional/hormonal lows or imbalances. These commonly occur during the mother’s first cycle and return to fertility after pregnancy, when baby starts consuming solids, and during weaning. Since tinctures never expire, they continue to be useful long after you’re done with your capsules. In fact, many women choose to save their tinctures for menopause to aid with the hormonal fluctuations of that time. Tinctures contain alcohol as a solvent, as it is an excellent preservative and completely infuses with the placenta within the first few days in order to safely avoid spoilage.

What is a Placenta Salve?

Placenta has long been used in skincare for its healing and restorative properties. There are a number of expensive anti-aging lotions and creams containing “sheep placenta extract” as the secret ingredient. Your own placenta is much more potent and completely safe to use topically when properly prepared. Besides your placenta, the salve is made with a variety of soothing and healing natural oils and herbs, including coconut, sweet almond, comfrey, calendula, and lavender. It may be used externally for Cesarean and other surgical scars (after wounds have closed), perineal tears (after stitches dissolve), and any other skin issues, such as dryness, rashes, scrapes, cuts, or burns. The salve can also be prepared without placenta, if desired.

How does Belly Binding work?

Belly Binding, also known as Bengkung Belly Binding, is inspired by traditional Malaysian postpartum practices, which include a method of wrapping the abdomen during the postpartum time, covering from just above the hips to the ribcage. This is believed to encourage the bones and organs to shift back to their pre-pregnancy size and locations as well as aid in healing abdominal separation (diastasis recti), which commonly occurs during pregnancy. The counter pressure provided by the binding can also relieve back pain and support the womb after birth. Additionally, binding encourages optimal posture and spinal alignment. Belly Binding is usually done within the first 2-3 days after a vaginal birth or 6-10 weeks after a Cesarean birth (in order to allow the incision additional time to heal).