Giving Birth Placenta Encapsulation & Other Services in Southeast Michigan Eating placenta, placenta encapsulation or using it in some other way is common practice in natural birthing circles and an increasingly popular choice for families in the area. Find out what options are available locally. « Previous Jessica Schrader • August 16, 2017 1 Comment Total: 59 57 0 1 1 0 0 The placenta is a vital organ that nourishes a baby through the umbilical cord, but it’s typically discarded as medical waste after the baby is born. Many moms say the potential benefits of keeping their placenta shouldn’t go to waste, though, especially when the organ played such an important role in baby’s development. Though the thought is known to make many squeamish, options for using your placenta after the birth include consuming it directly (yes, eating placenta!), making it into capsules aka placenta encapsulation, using it for homeopathic remedies or even turning it into artwork. Others choose to plant it in their gardens at home. The most commonly offered option in the area is placenta encapsulation. Reported benefits include increased milk supply and improved mood and energy, says Gina Hodgson owner of Detroit Doula Co., which offers the service to families in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne County. Often done by a midwife or doula, encapsulation involves dehydrating the placenta soon after the birth, grinding it into a powder and filling capsules with the powder. Moms then take the capsules as a sort of “vitamin” after the birth, though professionals will point out that no medical advice is implied. “Some people don’t have any results. We can’t make any guarantees,” Hodgson says. “Everyone’s different.” Interest in placenta encapsulation and other services has been growing in the southeast Michigan area over the past several years, Hodgson says, and it’s no longer something only talked about in natural birth circles. “We’re seeing a lot of mainstream moms become interested in placenta encapsulation, too,” she says. “We’re really excited that more mainstream moms are interested in it.” According to the American Pregnancy Association, placental encapsulation appears to carry no inherent risk if ingested only by the mother, though the association points out that most available information on the topic is anecdotal. The association does note that a placenta should be refrigerated, like any other meat product, if it needs to be stored for any period of time. Here’s a look at a few local resources for various placenta services. After Birth Service Contact: 616-821-5266 Placenta encapsulation, placenta tinctures, a homeopathic remedy for children, placenta salve and placenta smoothies. Detroit Doula Co. Contact: 586-737-7380 Placenta encapsulation (including umbilical cord keepsake). Gentle Intuition Doula & Massage Contact: 734-626-8508 Placenta encapsulation, plus a placenta print and a cord keepsake. Guided Passage Contact: 248-812-9459 Placenta encapsulation, placenta art prints in color, cord keepsake and more. Life Blooms Birth Services Contact: 248-302-5339 Placenta encapsulation (raw or powder), placenta smoothies, tinctures, prints and cord keepsakes. Mother’s Own Contact: 734-757-7381 Placenta encapsulation, placenta smoothie, prints and cord keepsakes Sun Stand Still Doula Services, LLC Contact: 734-766-6334 Placenta encapsulation, cord keepsake, a photo keepsake, plus home delivery. The Grosse Pointe Doula, LLC Contact: 313-673-6342 Placenta encapsulation in two methods: Raw Dehydration or Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Mother’s Helper Doula Contact: 734-347-2560 Placenta encapsulation, tincture, salve and prints. Tomorrow’s Happiness Birth Services Contact: 248-790-0419 Placenta encapsulation and tinctures. Treehouse Postpartum Services Contact: 248-224-5100 Placenta encapsulation, placenta tinctures, placenta salves, placenta prints and herbal baths. This post was originally published in 2015 and is updated regularly.