Placentophagy is the term used to describe ingestion of the placenta after childbirth.
Benefits of Placenta Ingestion
• Increased Milk Supply
• Decreased postpartum bleeding
• Enhances mood, with decrease in “baby blues”
• Good source of iron (up to 25% of the RDA)
• Balances hormones
• Regulates sleep patterns
• Quicker overall recovery
Placenta Encapsulation - Long Island
One common way to ingest after birth placenta is to dehydrate it, grind it into a fine powder and place it in capsules.
Sacred Space Birth Services offers 2 methods of encapsulation preparation. The steamed dehydrated method (based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM) and the Raw Dehydrated method
Placenta Encapsulation, Long Island, N.Y.
Steamed Dehydrated Method
Preparing the placenta this way is based has it's basis in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The placenta is gently steamed
on a bed of lemon, ginger and hot pepper. It is then dehydrated, powdered and encapsulated. In the process of being
steamed, a “broth” forms. This broth can also be ingested for the nutritional properties or given to house plants and
or the garden to nourish. It can also be given to the Earth as an offering in place of burying the placenta. The temperature it is dehydrated at is 145 degrees.
Raw Dehydrated Method
The Raw method skips the steaming process and gets put directly into the dehydrator after it has been gently washed
and sliced. Moms who have experienced this method report a noticeable boost of energy. The temperature at which it
is dehydrated is at 160 degrees.
Raw Placenta Cubes
This is the only truly raw method. The placenta is separated into cubes and then placed in the freezer to use in
smoothies at a later time.
A tincture is made by placing a small piece of the raw placenta in high grade alcohol and left to macerate for several
weeks. This can increase the length and benefits of your placenta for both mother and child. The tincture can be used
in any time of trauma, transition, emotional distress, menstrual difficulties and for mother later in life during
The prints are done before any washing or preparing of the placenta occurs, as it is the natural placenta blood that
creates the print, and the prints are done on acid-free artists paper. Some families frame and hang them, or can be
kept for personal keepsakes
I am an Independent Placenta Service Provider. I received my training from Hudson Valley Placenta services in January
or 2012. I adhere to a strict protocol in accordance with the OSHA Blood borne Pathogens Standard 29 CFR
1090.1030. I have completed my training and hold a certification of completion in Blood-borne pathogens & infection
control for Doulas, Midwives and Placenta Encapsulationists. I am a student midwife and also the co-founder of Traditional Doula and Midwifery Arts a Doula and Placenta Specialist certification organization.
Prices for the encapsulation preparation~ steamed or raw ( optional tincture and placenta prints included)
Frozen Placenta Smoothie Preparation
Placenta prints with encapsulation
*Discounts for a combination of services may apply - Text Mary @ 631 901 4174 to discuss your options
A travel fee for services in excess of 20 miles from Huntington, N.Y. may apply.
Cash/Check/Venmo/Zelle accepted. Please make checks payable to Sacred Space Birth Services. Alternative payment plans available upon request. There is a fee of $35 for returned checks. All fees are non refundable.
Placenta preparation, as offered by Sacred Space Birth Services, is not clinical, pharmaceutical, or intended to diagnose or treat any condition. Placenta
preparation is not meant to be a replacement for medical advice, medical care or medicine. Services and fees are for the preparation and encapsulation of your
placenta and not for the sale of the pills. Families that choose to utilize the placenta preparation services take full responsibility of their own health and for
researching and using placenta remedies. Sacred Space Birth Services does not make any guarantee as to the efficacy, but does guarantee the highest quality of
service. Benefits of placentophagy are supported by ongoing research but have not been evaluated by the FDA.
Placenta encapsulation Long Island
Lotus birth (or umbilical non-severance) is the practice of leaving the umbilical cord uncut after childbirth so that the baby is left attached to the placenta until the cord naturally separates at the umbilicus.
Lotus Preparation Services
I will help guide you from beginning to end. Upon arrival of the baby I will come to your place of birth within 4 hours and help you prepare the placenta for drying.
$125 for preparation and guidance only
$225 for preparation plus all items necessary
Placenta Ceremonial Burial
Ceremonial burial of the placenta has traditionally held spiritual meaning for cultures around the world. I will work with you to customize a placenta burial ceremony based on your beliefs and ancestry. It can be done in conjunction with a baby blessing ceremony or alone.
About Hospital Release
Some Long Island hospitals have recently started the practice of withholding the release of placentas from birthing people who have tested positive for GBS (Group B Streptococcus) in pregnancy. This new practice is a result of a CDC recommendation that has resulted in a lot of misinformation. This was one case with several complicating factors. Out of the hundreds of thousands of people who ingested their placenta, this was the only case of GBS transmission to a newborn associated with placenta consumption.
There is an actual study that shows there are no associated risks with placenta encapsulation. (Benyshek, Cheyney, Brown, & Bovbjerg, 2018)
Here are some ways you can ensure that the hospital does not withhold your placenta from you due to a positive GBS culture in pregnancy.
Be proactive about testing negative for GBS to begin with. Not only will it be easier for you to take your placenta but you will be able to avoid antibiotics in labor and it is healthier for you baby. Aviva Romm, Medical Dr., Midwife and a Clinical Herbalist, does a great job of explain GBS and ways to prevent it here https://avivaromm.com/group-b-strep-gbs-in-pregnancy-whats-a-mom-to-do/
If you do test positive
Demand that the hospital culture the placenta for GBS to prove to you that it is infected. By law the placenta belongs to the birthing person and the hospital is only allowed to withhold the placenta from their owners if they are deemed unhealthy. Make them prove to you it is unhealthy. The GBS could have resolved since 35-37 weeks pregnant. Antibiotics given in labor may have eradicated GBS from the placenta. GBS may have been present in the genital tract area during pregnancy and not inside of the uterus.
Note* it takes several days for the culture to come back and you will want to remind the hospital to store the placenta appropriately while waiting for the results.
Benyshek, DC, Cheyney, M, Brown, J, Bovbjerg, ML. Placentophagy among women planning community births in the United States: Frequency, rationale, and associated neonatal outcomes. Birth. 2018; 45: 459‐ 468. https://doi.org/10.1111/birt.12354