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What is in the placenta?

  • Oxytocin: natural pain reliever, promotes bonding, helps to increase milk supply.

  • POEF (Placenta Opioid Enhancing Factor): Pain reliever.

  • Cortisone:­ This hormone unlocks energy stored in the body and combats stress. (cortisol)

  • Interferon:­ This hormones stimulates the immune system to fight off infections while the mother is healing from birth.            

  • Hemoglobin:­ Replenishes iron, stimulates iron production in blood.

  • Urokinase inhibiting factor and factor XIII:­ Lessens bleeding and promotes faster healing.

  • Prolactin/HPL:­ Stimulates healthy mammary function and milk production.

  • Prostaglandins:­ Acts as an anti-inflammatory.

What are the reported benefits?

  • Prevents or reduces the risk of developing postpartum depression.

  • Reduces or eliminates the risk of postpartum bleeding and hemorrhage.

  • Provides mom with a boost of Oxytocin to increase bonding experiences.

  • Increases energy levels

  • Helps uterus contract faster

  • Increases the production of milk and makes breastfeeding easier

  • Helps to restore the body's iron levels to normal limits

  • Helps to reduce the risk of insomnia

  • A natural pain reliever

placenta encapsulation

Placenta capsules

Steamed Method of Preparation

The traditional method of preparation is when the placenta is rinsed, steamed (sometimes with herbs), sliced, dehydrated, and encapsulated. In the TCM theory, it is believed that the process of birth leaves mom very "yin" or cold. One way to help this is to add "yang" or heat energy. I do this through the gentle steaming process. The placenta is not cooked so it retains all of its nutrients. The TCM method also provides a slow/ steady release of energy to help mom with hormone stabilizers in the postpartum period. This method usually produces fewer pills and may require that mom take more pills for a longer period of time.  (Please note that we are not TCM practitioners.  Our placenta encapsulation process is only inspired by the TCM methods.) If you want to add even more warmth, we can steam with ginger and lemon. 

** Raw method available by request.

Umbilical Cord Keepsake

Umbilical Cord Keepsake

Umbilical cord keepsakes are a great way to hold on to a piece of the birth of your child. After rinsing and making prints, the cord is cut at the base of the placenta and formed in to the shape of your choice. Many mom's choose to have the cord say "LOVE". Once formed, it goes into the dehydrator with the placenta. Once done, it will be stored in a muslin baggie for you. Keep this in a cool and dry place. 

Placenta Tincture

Placenta Tincture

The placenta tincture is made by taking a piece of your raw placenta and steeping it in a high quality 100 proof alcohol for 6 weeks. After 6 weeks, the placenta can be strained out and the tincture can be used. The tincture can be used during menstruation to relieve cramping, to help the transition into menopause, and during times of trauma, illness or stress after your capsules are gone. It can be used to alleviate teething pains for baby and when added to a bit of water, can be given to baby to help fight illness. Many parents say that it brings the child back to a balanced physical and emotional state. If you had a girl, the tincture can even be used by her when she begins menstruating. This will help with cramping and to balance out hormones. 

Placenta Print

Placenta Print

Placenta prints are made using a high quality card stock paper and finished with a sealant spray. We can discuss your preferences on dyes and colors. The color(s) of your choice are painted on to the placenta and then the paper is laid on top and pulled off. The placenta is rinsed off before cutting and dehydrating. Placenta prints are a fantastic way to preserve the very thing that was womb mate and lifeline to your baby.

Placenta Services

We offer quality service at affordable prices.

Below, you can find the different options and services offered.

Why Choose The Statesville Doula?


  • We are fully trained and certified through  NC EFood handlers in OSHA food safety standards.

  • We are fully trained and certified through Biologix Solutions: Bloodborne Pathogens for Placenta Encapsulation Specialists

  • Extensive training from the International Placenta & Postpartum Association.


We re-certify our blood borne pathogens course on a yearly basis and keep our EFood Handlers card up to date.

All surfaces are sanitized with hospital grade sanitizers and all of our equipment is sanitized with bleach to kill blood borne pathogens.

We use brand new supplies for each and every placenta we process, excluding the dehydrator and steaming pot.

We steam all placentas for at least 10 minutes and dehydrate at 160 degrees for over 18 hrs to ensure bad bacteria is removed prior to encapsulating.

We thoroughly document and photograph every placenta that we process.


  • We are on call from 37 weeks until you have your baby, no matter when that is.

  • We are ALWAYS available to answer questions, both before and after you’ve had your baby, via text, email, phone, Skype etc.

  • We have a very fast turnaround time. Expect your capsules to be completed within the first 36 hours (most likely 24).


We only serve a certain amount of clients per month to ensure we are always available to you.


At The Statesville Doula, we always ensure we have a reliable backup. This guarantees that your placenta will be processed quickly and safely.

We have great relationships with all area birth centers and hospitals. We are professional, courteous and respectful of your family's wishes and desires.


  • We have an unwavering desire to serve new moms and families in our community.

  • We are always working towards higher education in the pregnancy and birthing world.

  • We are always available to serve you, our client.

We are so passionate about serving moms and families, that we want to offer our expertise and services to everyone who wants them. We offer high quality services at affordable prices. In addition to that, we are open to discussing payment plans and other options.

We passionately serve any and every birthing person and family dynamic without judgement.

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Statesville Doula & Lactation

We are not licensed medical professionals, such as care providers or physicians, and we are not able to diagnose, treat or prescribe for any health condition. Services and fees are for the service of encapsulating your placenta, not for the sale of the capsules. Each person will react to their placenta capsules in different ways. Some of the ascribed benefits of placenta consumption are supported by ongoing research, however these benefits have not been evaluated or approved by the United States government or the Food and Drug Administration. It is your responsibility to determine whether using placenta capsules can be beneficial to your well-being postpartum.

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