Moonstone Midwifery

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, placenta is a powerful medicine used for an array of women’s hormonal transitions, known for its blood building and chi restorative properties.
It is believed that in the days following childbirth, a woman’s own placenta, when ingested, can help boost milk supply, prevent baby blues, and support new mothers through the hormonal fluctuations of the postpartum period.

In nature, most mammals eat their placenta after birth for the restorative properties. Modern mothers who understand the healing benefits of consuming their placenta often find the capsule form to be the most palatable option, with the added benefit of being able to take small amounts over the course of several weeks.

Some women prefer to bury their placenta under a special tree or plant. Others wish to have the placenta disposed of. Prints can be made of the placenta, artistically highlighting the “tree of life” pattern. Placenta encapsulation is growing in popularity. Having begun encapsulating placentas in 2006, I offer years of experience, and can provide referrals on request. This service is offered to Moonstone Midwifery clients, mothers who birth in hospitals, or with other midwives.

Fee: $150
Please add $20 for long distance driving
outside the Medford- Ashland area

Fee Includes:
• Being on call to pick up the placenta within 24-36 hours of your birth, and delivering the placenta capsules to you by day 3 or 4 postpartum.
• Traditional Chinese Medicine processing and encapsulation of your placenta.
• As many capsules as your placenta makes, directions for their use, and consultation during your postpartum period. The umbilical cord can be dried into a heart or spiral for a special keepsake.
• I use universal precautions and strict hygienic standards for processing your placenta, protecting both myself and the mothers who consume the capsules.



Research on human mothers consuming their placentas is scarce. However, an old study from the 1950’s, using freeze-dried supplementation of placenta for postpartum mothers, did find a dramatic increase in milk supply.
(1) Studies have found that, in mammals, placenta consumption does alter and bring balance to postpartum hormones including prolactin and progesterone
(2), and can contribute to postpartum pain relief
(3). Placenta is also known to contain proteins and irons that contribute to blood-building at a time when mothers are recovering from some amount of blood loss and normal postpartum bleeding (lochia).

1. Placenta as Lactagagon
Soykova-Pachnerova E, et. al.(1954). Gynaecologia 138(6):617-627.
2. Effects of placentophagy on serum prolactin and progesterone concentrations in rats after parturition or superovulation.
Blank MS, Friesen HG.: J Reprod Fertil. 1980 Nov;60(2):273-8.
3. Placenta for Pain Relief:Placenta ingestion by rats enhances y- and n-opioid antinociception, but suppresses A-opioid antinociception
Jean M. DiPirro*, Mark B. Kristal

“Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.” - Ina May Gaskin, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

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