Professional placenta encapsulation services from Phoenix to Tucson to Sierra Vista, AZ and national, mail-order placenta encapsulation for women across the US!
Below is some helpful information on the specifics of my services and what you need to do in order to have your placenta encapsulated for clients in Southern Arizona and some specific questions for out-of-area and out-of-state clients.
Q: Why did you start doing placenta encapsulation?
A: During my pregnancy I thoroughly researched ways to increase my milk supply and prevent postpartum depression. As a Registered Nurse, I found the science behind placenta encapsulation and consumption to be sound and decided to provide this service from Phoenix to Tucson to Sierra Vista and for national placenta encapsulation clients across the US. When I wanted my placenta encapsulated, the nearest provider wasn't very close to me, so I decided to start providing placenta encapsulation to mothers in this area and across the US for those mothers who do not have a specialist nearby to them. Back To Top
Q: Where are you located and what areas do you service?
A: I am located in Sierra Vista. I am pleased to be able to provide service Tucson, Phoenix, Sierra Vista, Fort Huachuca, Bisbee, Hereford, Tombstone, Whetstone, Huachuca City, Sonoita, Benson, and all areas in-between.
I also provide national placenta encapsulation services to mothers across the US. Back To Top
Why should I choose Sierra Placenta Encapsulation?
At Sierra Placenta Encapsulation, we are committed to customer satisfaction and customer safety. I am certified in Bloodborne Pathogens & Infection Control for Placenta Encapsulators in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). I am also ServSafe certified. As a Nurse, I understand the importance of infection control and safety. Rest assured that your placenta is in good hands! We are also registered with the Arizona Corporation Commission, so you know you're dealing with a legitimately owned and operated business.
In addition to this, I believe in fair practices for my customers and do not pass on charges like shipping to my customers (some placenta encapsulationists charge for shipping or gas).
What special precautions do you use to ensure that my placenta doesn't come into contact with contaminants from another person's placenta?
At Sierra Placenta Encapsulation, we have use-once equipment as much as possible; we NEVER use the same cutting board for more than one client, and when a client chooses the Steamed or Modified Raw method of preparation (more about these methods on the About Encapsulation page), we use disposable steaming pans, as well. We also soak all equipment used in a strong bleach solution (the solution we use is double the concentration normally recommended for killing germs) for at least an hour and wipe down all surfaces at least 3 times with a strong bleach solution. Back To Top
Do you ever work with more than one placenta at a time? How can I be sure that my placenta won't get mixed up with someone else's?
We never work with more than one placenta at a time. We only work on ONE at a time. We label the bags of all placentas with the mother's name and date of delivery to ensure that there are no mix-ups. Back To Top
Q: I plan on giving birth at a hospital or birthing center. Will they let me keep my placenta in order to have it encapsulated?
A: Yes! Upon checking into the hospital when it's time for you to give birth, let your doctor and nurses know that you would like to keep your placenta in order to have it encapsulated later. Your placenta came from you and is therefore your property. There should be no issue with them allowing you to hold onto your placenta. Make SURE that the hospital staff knows not to send your placenta to pathology or discard your placenta after delivery. The staff isn't concerned with your placenta unless you specifically ask them to be. Some hospitals and birthing centers require a "Tissue Release Form" in order to release your placenta to me. Just ask your nurse if one of these forms is required. If it is, please fill it out prior to my arrival at the hospital or birthing center. Be sure to release the placenta to me.
Sierra Vista Regional Health Center in Sierra Vista, AZ: Tissue Release Form needed.
Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, AZ: No Tissue Release Form needed.
Carondolet Hospitals In Tucson, AZ including St. Joseph's in Tucson and St. Mary's in Tucson: No Tissue Release Form needed. Birth and Womens' Health Center in Tucson, AZ: No Tissue Release Form needed.
NorthWest Women's Center (Northwest Medical Center) in Tucson, AZ: No Tissue Release Form is needed.
University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ: No Tissue Release Form is needed.
All Banner Hospitals in Phoenix, AZ: No Tissue Release Form is needed.
Q: Once you encapsulate my placenta and put it into pill form how will you get the pills back to me? Will I have to pick them up from you?
A: I understand that the postpartum period is rough on a mother (and the rest of the family!). I will be more than happy to deliver your placenta pills to you at no additional charge. Back To Top
Q: If I am having a C-section, can I still have my placenta made into pills?
A: Yes, absolutely! Just let the hospital staff know to save your placenta. The process for placenta encapsulation for a C-section is exactly the same. Back To Top
Q: What if I have an epidural or pain medication during birth? Can I still have my placenta encapsulated and made into pills?
A: Yes! Epidural and pain medications do not affect the process for placenta encapsulation. Back To Top
Q: If I am having a water birth. Can you still encapsulate my placenta?
A: Absolutely! Just follow the same procedure outlined below. Back To Top
Q: What happens if my doctor wants to send my placenta to pathology?
A: In very rare cases a doctor may want to send a placenta to pathology. If this happens, ask your doctor if an in-room examination of the placenta would be alright instead of sending the placenta to pathology. If not, then ask if only a small part of the placenta can be sent instead. If the entire placenta is sent to pathology, I will not be able to encapsulate it for you. Back To Top
Q: What do I need to do in order for you to be able to encapsulate my placenta for me?
A: No matter if you're giving birth at home, at a birthing center, or in a hospital, your placenta will need to be preserved to ensure freshness. To do this, your placenta will need to be put on ice. If you are giving birth in a birthing center or hospital, put your placenta into two 1-gallons zip-lock bags (double bag it) and place the bag into a small cooler with some ice until placenta pickup. If you plan to give birth at home, place your placenta into a two 1-gallon zip-lock bags and put the placenta into the freezer. It needs to be put on ice immediately, so don't forget this important step. Once you've birthed your placenta, give me a call at (888) 908-1235 to let me know you've given birth.
There are some forms that I ask you to fill out in advance. You can download the forms from theForms page.
I ask that you pay a $25 non-refundable deposit to book my services and reserve your spot on my calendar. I ask for a $50 deposit for the "I'm ready" kit (details about this kit on the Additional Services page). Back To Top
Q: What method do you use to encapsulate my placenta?
A: I provide 3 methods for encapsulation; the first method is the steamed method (AKA: Traditional Chinese Medicine method). The second method is the modified raw method in which only the outside of the placenta is steamed. The third method is the raw method. You can find out more about these methods in-depth on the About Encapsulation page.
$175 to mothers giving birth in Sierra Vista for placenta encapsulation using the method of your choice.
$200 for mothers giving birth in Tucson.
$210 for mothers giving birth in Phoenix-area.
$210 for mothers giving birth between the city of Tucson and Sierra Vista (well outside the cities). Please contact me if you're having a home birth between Tucson and Sierra Vista and I will send you an invoice for this amount.
$250 for moms giving birth to twins in Sierra Vista. Please contact me if you're giving birth to twins in Sierra Vista and I will send you an invoice for this amount.
$275 for moms giving birth to twins in Tucson. Please contact me if you're giving birth to twins in Sierra Vista and I will send you an invoice for this amount.
$285 for moms giving birth to twins in Phoenix-area. Please contact me if you're giving birth to twins in Sierra Vista and I will send you an invoice for this amount.
If you're giving birth in Phoenix-area or Tucson hire a professional courier specializing in transporting medical goods to bring your placenta to me at no additional cost to you. All materials and instructions are included with this fee. More information on placenta encapsulation can be found on the About Encapsulation page.
For a Tincture I charge an additional $35.
For a combination of raw and steamed/TCM preparation method or a combination of modified raw/steamed preparation method I charge an additional $20. Learn more about the different methods of preparation on the About Encapsulation page.
For additional services like partial encapsulation and placenta-infused chocolates (24 chocolates), I charge an additional $20 on top of the placenta encapsulation fee.
For a smoothie (available to Sierra Vista clients only), I charge an additional $25 on top of the encapsulation fee.
For your whole placenta to be made into chocolates, I charge $200 for mothers in Sierra Vista, Tucson and Phoenix;
For the Luxurious Organic Placenta Body Butters (available with placenta tincture) I charge $35.
For the Anti-Aging Organic Placenta Face Cream (available with placenta tincture) I charge $40.
The "I'm ready" kit (more information about this on the Additional Services page) is an additional $25 in addition to the price of the services you've chosen.
Payment plans are available by booking through my website. You will be asked at checkout if you would like a payment plan. You do not need a PayPal account to book through my website.
We offer two sizes of capsules. One is about the size of your standard multivitamin and the other is a bit smaller for people who have trouble taking bigger pills. Most people have no difficulty swallowing the pills. Just make sure you take them with plenty of liquid. Back To Top
Q: What are the pills made of?
A: The capsules (the outer portion of your pills) themselves are made of all-vegetable cellulose, meaning they are vegetarian. They are free of sugar, yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, milk, egg, or preservatives. Back To Top
Q: How many pills should I expect my placenta to yield?
A: You should expect between 50 to 200 pills. This depends on the size of your placenta and each placenta is different. Average is between 100 to 175. This will also depend on the size of pill you choose for yourself. Generally, the larger the baby, the larger the placenta and the more pills you will receive. I believe that the amount of pills yielded will be the amount of pills your body needs. Back To Top
Q: Once you turn my placenta into pills, how often do I take them?
A: Pills are usually taken once in the morning and once at night. I will provide detailed instructions on how to take your pills with your placenta pills.
Dosing can be adjusted to meet your needs. If you feel that you need an extra boost of energy or want to produce a little more milk, take an extra dose per day. You can even take some of your frozen pills for a pick-me-up later on. Back To Top
Q: Are there any special instructions for how to store my placenta pills?
A: Your pills can be stored in a cabinet in a cool dark place for about 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, I suggest storing them in the freezer. Be sure to turn the humidity in the freezer down while your pills are being stored there. They can be stored indefinitely in the freezer in an air-tight container. Back To Top
Q: When do you expect payment for my encapsulated placenta? What forms of payment do you accept?
A: Payment is due before placenta pickup. I accept Paypal, cash (in Sierra Vista only), check, and all major credit cards & debit cards. I prefer that if pickup occurs on the weekend that Paypal, cash, credit or debit be used.
You may pay the deposit or full amount to book my services by visiting the Book Services and Pay page.
If you wish to pay the non-refundable deposit now by credit card to reserve your spot, you may. Once you book with your deposit, I will mark my calendar in order to remain on-call for your birth. The remainder of your payment is due at the time of placenta pickup but since your spot will be reserved for 9 days before your due date, I would prefer that the final payment be made 9 days before your due date.
You have the option to pay the full amount below if you want. Either a full payment or the deposit will reserve your spot on my calendar for 9 days before and 9 days after you due date for a total of 19 days.
Information Specific to Out-of-Area or Out-of-State clients who are seeking our national placenta encapsulation through our
daughter-company American Placenta Encapsulation.
A: The fee for national placenta encapsulation for out-of-area and out-of-state clients is slightly more than it is for my local clients to account for shipping ($250 for national placenta encapsulation clients). I try very hard to be fair in my pricing and did not want to penalize national placenta encapsulation clients simply for being out of my local network. The only difference in price is the overnight shipping through the United States Postal Service
that national placenta encapsulation client would pay in addition to my placenta encapsulation fee . Back To Top
A: Once you decide to encapsulate your placenta with us, the rest is easy. Go to the Forms page and fill out the Contract & Service Agreement and the Allergy form (We ship you a cooler and ice-packs and you take the cooler with you to the hospital or birthing center). Have the hospital staff partially fill the cooler we sent with ice. Bring two 1-gallon zip-lock bags with you when you give birth so you can double-bag your placenta. Once the placenta is born, have the hospital staff immediately place your placenta into the bags, making sure to rinse the outside of the outer bag before placing it into the cooler. Be sure your placenta is kept on ice until you can have it frozen (in your home freezer is fine). It is best if you can freeze your placenta (or have someone freeze it for you) within 24 hours of birth.
We will send you written instructions on how to prepare the ice packs and cooler when we ship them to you.
If you wish to have your placenta encapsulated with me, I will need payment at least two weeks before your due date so that I can send you all the materials you will need to ship it to me.
I require a $50 non-refundable deposit from my national placenta encapsulation clients in order to ship the materials to you. You can pay this deposit by scrolling down and paying. This deposit is due 3 weeks before your due date. If you are less than 2 weeks before your due date, contact me and we can make arrangements for payment and get you your shipping material sooner.
A: Make sure your placenta is lying flat in your freezer to allow for the placenta to take up as little space as possible in the cooler we send once it's frozen. This will also allow the placenta to stay frozen longer during transit to us here at American Placenta Encapsulation. Back To Top
A: Assuming you ship your placenta to me the day after your baby's birth, making sure it is frozen solid and the ice packs are hard, there should be no issue with interruption of your hormones. It takes about 7 days for the body's hormones to go back down to normal levels (which is what causes baby blues and Postpartum Depression in the first place). As long as you start to take your placenta pills before 7 day mark, you should notice little difference in how the lack of hormones affect your mood. Shipping it to me following this timeline, you should have your placenta pills before 7 days postpartum and in most cases, even sooner than that. Back To Top
A: We strive to get the quickest turn-around for our national placenta encapsulation clients as possible. Once we receive the placenta it takes about 24 hours to prepare it. Immediately upon completion, we ship it to you using a 2-day service for shipping at no cost to you. You can request expedited shipping for an additional charge. Contact me if you would like expedited shipping. Back To Top
A: We accept PayPal, major credit and debit cards, and check. Checks must be mailed to us at least 2 weeks in advance of your placenta encapsulation. All payments must be received in advance of me shipping materials to you, with exception of the "Bill Me Later" option listed in the question below. This allows me to keep my costs down for national placenta encapsulation clients.
If you wish to pay now by credit card to reserve your spot, you may. Just enter your due date, name and e-mail address into the notes when you pay and I will mark my calendar.
You can pay in advance by credit or debit card by clicking the "Buy Now" button below. You do not need a PayPal account to use this payment method. If you do not have a PayPal account, click the link "Don't have a PayPal account?" on the PayPal page.
PayPal offers the ability to set up a payment plan if you wish to do this. Simply select the "Bill Me Later" option at check out.