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Placenta encapsulation agreement
Thank you for your interest in placenta encapsulation! Please take a few minutes to read this agreement in full. Once you submit this form, you should hear back from me within 1-3 days to confirm your place on my calendar. If you haven't heard from me after that time, or if you have any questions, please contact me by email at
Please note that, unless previously arranged, my service area is limited to Iowa City hospitals and births I attend.
Placenta Encapsulation Description
Placenta encapsulation is the process of preparing the birthing person's placenta after the baby's birth. The ingestion of the placenta is known as “placentophagy.” The purpose of placentophagy is to reintroduce beneficial vitamins, minerals, hormones, and other nutrients to help restore a more balanced body function, increase breastmilk production, shorten healing time, increase energy levels, and provide an overall feeling of wellness to aid in the transition between pregnancy and the early postpartum period.
Limitations and Disclaimer
I am not a physician and I am not able to diagnose, treat or prescribe for any health condition. Services and fees are for the preparation and encapsulation of your placenta, not for the sale of the pills.
Benefits of placentophagy are supported by ongoing research
but have not been evaluated by the FDA.
Benefits will vary from person to person, and no specific benefits or effects are promised. I can supply you with relevant research on placentophagy. It is your responsibility to determine whether using placenta preparations may be of benefit to you.
Placenta services are not meant to be a replacement for medical advice or prescription medicines. If you are experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression, low milk supply, or other medical concerns please speak to your midwife or other primary health care provider.
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I am an experienced placenta specialist, and have been encapsulating placentas since 2008.
I will pick up your placenta from your birthing location, carry out the encapsulation process in my home, and deliver your capsules to you. I do not currently offer encapsulation in the client's home -- I have found that I am able to more carefully maintain a properly sanitized environment in the dedicated space in my home that I have set up for placenta encapsulation.
I prepare the placenta according to Traditional Chinese Medicine principles. I gently steam the placenta, slice it thinly, and dehydrate it. When it is completely dry, I powder and encapsulate it. At no time are any other ingredients or additives introduced into the process. I maintain carefully sanitized equipment, and I have completed training in bloodborne pathogens. I carry out proper cleanliness and preparation precautions to ensure the highest quality of placenta encapsulation possible. When I deliver your placenta capsules, I will provide you with a detailed written explanation of the proper storing and handling of the finished placenta pills and suggestions for daily ingestion recommendations.
My service area is limited to Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, and surrounding areas within 30 miles of Iowa City. If you are outside this area, please contact me so that I may refer you to an encapsulation specialist closer to you!
The fee for this service is
, which includes the preparation and encapsulation of the placenta, a storage container for capsules, written instructions for storage and handling, and guidelines for taking your capsules. An umbilical cord keepsake is also provided where possible.
For Mindful Birthing students and clients whose births I attend, I offer a reduced rate of
In all cases I request a deposit of
upon signing this contract, with the balance payable upon receipt of your finished capsules.
Payments may be made online or by personal check.
In the event your placenta is unavailable to you (e.g. sent to Pathology and not released) or if you change your mind and choose to terminate this contract prior to releasing your placenta to me, I will refund any fees paid, including the deposit. Once preparation has begun, payment will be due in full, even if you choose not to take the finished capsules.
It is your responsibility to notify me as soon after the birth as possible to make arrangements for me to carry out the encapsulation. (I will give you further instructions on contacting me after I receive your information.) Failure to do so may result in delayed placenta preparation and may cause spoilage of the placenta, which could render it unusable for encapsulation. It is your responsibility to inform me of any known bloodborne illnesses or other health issues that may put me at risk of infection through contact with bodily fluids, such as HIV, Hepatitis, or STIs.
If birthing in the hospital:
It is your responsibility to discuss release of your placenta from the hospital, and to ensure its storage in a cooler, refrigerator, or freezer within 3-4 hours following the birth.
Your placenta must not be treated with alcohol, formalin, or any other preservative.
When I receive your information, I will send you further instructions based on which hospital you plan to birth in.
If birthing at home:
I will ensure proper storage of your placenta if I am attending your birth. If you are birthing at home with another midwife: please ensure that your placenta is refrigerated within 3-4 hours following the birth. If you are practicing lotus birth or other forms of delayed cord clamping past 3-4 hours, the placenta may be wrapped up with ice packs to prevent spoilage. If it will be more than 4 days before the placenta can be prepared, it should be frozen.
There may be circumstances under which your placenta cannot be used. Significant abnormalities of the placenta may necessitate your care provider sending your placenta to pathology for further examination. Other contraindications would be:
Infection during labor (chorioamnionitis)
Smoking during pregnancy
Positive for COVID-19 at the time of delivery
It is usually possible to claim your placenta after a cesarean birth. Testing positive for GBS is not a contraindication, nor is having meconium in the amniotic fluid. If it turns out that your placenta is not suitable for encapsulation, I will refund your deposit in full. If you have any questions, please let me know, and if I have any questions, I will consult with you before proceeding.
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University of Iowa Hospital
Mercy Hospital Iowa City
Vegetable capsules contain no animal ingredients, and may be preferable if you are vegetarian or vegan.
Do you have any bloodborne illnesses, or have you tested positive for COVID-19 at the time of delivery?
Any other specific concerns, or anything you would like me to know?
Who can I thank for referring you to me?
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Mapleseed Birth & Bodywork
Monica Basile, PhD
Certified Professional Midwife
Licensed Massage Therapist
Iowa City, IA
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