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FMD Spotlight: The MD Placenta Nurse talks Placenta Encapsulation

Next to every squishy new baby is a woman in transformation. A mother that is shedding parts of her old self to make room for the changes that are taking place. Her body is going through the most amazing shift and she has birthed a tiny human that is totally dependent on her. Some women ease right into this role without missing a beat, for the rest of us, it takes a minute, a month, a year to fully slide into the new reality.

There are many ways to support mothers during the fourth trimester, my favorites include, postpartum doulas, nourishing meals, help with housework and perhaps my favorite, placenta encapsulation (PE).

Placenta encapsulation is the practice of ingesting the placenta after it has been steamed, dehydrated, ground, and placed into pills. Traditionally, these pills are taken by the mother and it is believed to impart numerous health benefits including:

  • Increased energy

  • Mood stabilization

  • Increased milk supply

  • Decreased postpartum bleeding

  • Hasten return of the uterus to the pre-pregnancy state

  • Help mothers have a happier postpartum recovery and avoid the baby blues

Similar to Frederick Moms and Doulas, I work with professional, educated women looking to have the best birth and recovery possible. My clients give birth in hospital or birthing centers, supported by a spouse and/or a doula. Clients then return to their home to care for themselves, a newborn and their family while preparing to return to their careers in a few short weeks. A client may seek out placenta encapsulation services after hearing from a friend or coworker about her positive experience or after reading about the benefits online. Placenta encapsulation is a great fit for any mother looking to have an easy transition into motherhood and the added support of having pills that are made for her by her own body are as organic as you can get. PE services are often suggested to my clients by their OB, Midwife or doula if there is a history of anxiety, depression, postpartum mood disorders or if the client expresses a concern for these during one of her office visits. Having a history of mood disorders isn’t a requirement for taking placenta during your postpartum recovery, about half of my clients are first time mothers and are looking to be proactive in their postpartum planning.

Since 2012, Maryland Placenta Nurse has been providing concierge placenta encapsulation services to the DC Metro area, with a focus on Frederick and Washington County, Maryland. The service comes to your home, with professional grade equipment and prepares to have the pills ready for you as you return home from the hospital or the birthing center along with written dosage instructions.

There are many different types of trainings a placenta encapsulation specialists can take, your specialist should have education in proper preparation of the workspace and the placenta, anatomy of the placenta, and proper dosage guidelines. When choosing a Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist (CPES), it’s important to ask a few questions. Here are a few basic questions to get you started:

  • What preparation method do you use?

  • Are you food safety certified?

  • What type of placenta training do you have and are you certified?

  • What safety standards do you follow?

  • How is your equipment cleaned between clients?

  • How many clients have you serviced/how long have you been in business?

  • Will there be anything other than placenta in my capsules?

  • Is there any reason you might not be able to encapsulate my placenta when I call you?

  • Where can I find your testimonials?

To learn more about placenta encapsulation, my training or the services I offer, please visit

I am offering a 10% discount on all placenta encapsulation services to Frederick Moms and Doulas clients beginning August 1, 2018 until the end of the year!

Heather Rawlett, RN, CPES, is the owner of Maryland Placenta Nurse and lives in Washington County, MD with her husband, three kids and three cats. When she isn’t helping educate new Mamas you can find her shuttling her kiddos around town, volunteering her time or working in her family garden.