RESTORE AND HEAL YOUR BODY AFTER BIRTH
Based in Lennox Head, servicing the Northern Rivers NSW and Gold Coast
More and more women are choosing to consume their placenta to enjoy a healthier, happier postpartum.
Your placenta is the wonderful organ that nourishes your baby throughout pregnancy. But it also has an important job to do after birth.
The long months of pregnancy, and birth itself can be a strain on a woman’s body. At birth a substantial amount of blood is lost, vitamins and minerals take a sudden drop in her system, affecting the new Mama physically and emotionally.
Eighty percent of new Mama’s experience a mild postnatal mood disorder, aka ‘the baby blues’ in the first few weeks after having a baby.
Taking your placenta in capsule form is an easy way to naturally replenish these nutrients and rebalance your hormones, giving you the best start to motherhood.
”Giving…placenta to a new mother following birth has become standard protocol among a growing number of midwives in the United States. By nourishing the blood and fluids, endocrine glands and organs, Placenta will …reduce or stop postpartum bleeding, speed up recovery, boost energy and relieve postpartum blues.” (Homes, Peter. 1993. Jade Remedies, Snow Lotus Press, 352.)
Mamas who take placenta capsules report:
- A boost in energy levels
- Increased iron levels
- Increased & enriched milk supply
- Balanced moods & hormones
- Decreased incidence of the baby blues
- Decreased incidence of postnatal depression
- Increased effectiveness of mother-infant bonding
- Reduced post-natal bleeding
- Uterus returns to size more quickly
- Faster recovery from birth
- General improvement in health and vitality
The placenta is composed of beneficial hormones, chemicals, iron, and proteins. These healing substances include:
Gonadotrophin – precursor to oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone – Contributes to mammary gland development in preparation for lactation; stabilizes mood; regulates post-birth uterine cramping; decreases depression; normalizes and stimulates libido.
Prolactin – promotes lactation.
Oxytocin – produced during breastfeeding to promote healthy bonding between mother and baby.
Interferon – stimulates the immune system to protect against infection.
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone – boosts energy and aids in recovery of stressful events.
Cortisone – releases energy stores and helps with stress.
Prostaglandins – anti-inflammatory.
Haemoglobin – replenishes iron deficiencies and anaemia.
Gamma-globulin – boosts immune system and protects against postpartum infection.
Urokinase Inhibiting Factor & Factor X111 – stops bleeding and enhances healing of wounds.
Growth Factors – in the form of cytokines and hormones that stimulate cellular growth. They have anti-inflammatory properties, aid blood circulation, wound tissue healing and have an analgesic effect.
Placenta Stem Cells – provide the new cells for regeneration of tissue and growth factors enhance their ability to multiply much faster.
Vitamins and Minerals
Iron – essential for absorption of oxygen in the cells needed for repair.
Vitamin B6 – promotes the production of red blood cells, aids in normal functioning of the brain. Helps in the making of antibodies, keeping the immune system strong.
Vitamins A, D, E, K
Vitamins C, B complex
Placenta remedies are the best thing a new Mama can give back to her body post birth.
Please note: Placenta capsules are a nutritional supplement and not a cure for postnatal depression. PND is a serious condition that must be monitored by a professional. The information on this page has not been evaluated by the TGA. The services I offer are not clinical, pharmaceutical, or intended to diagnose or treat any condition. Families who choose to utilise the services on this page take full responsibility for researching and using the remedies at their own risk.
Read Research studies supporting Placenta Encapsulation in the RESEARCH section
Mama’s Medicine offers you a choice of 2 preparation methods for your encapsulation:
Steamed or ‘Raw Start’ Method of Placental Encapsulation.
Steamed Method – $340
The placenta is considered a powerful and sacred healing medicine since 1578. Tried and true, steamed preparation is the most common method of encapsulation.
The placenta is cleaned and then gently steamed with warming herbs; myrrh and ginger – this is a crucial part of making this placenta medicine. These warming qualities are believed to help heal from the inside out – rebuilding blood, chi and slowly increasing the body’s endocrine functions.
After steaming, the placenta is thinly sliced and dehydrated at a low temperature until completely dry, then ground and placed into gluten free, vegetarian capsules.
This method offers a softer energy, ideal for those who suffer anxiety.
‘Raw Start’ Method – $350
Some people believe that steaming the placenta may damage vital hormones and nutrients.
Based on principles of the Raw Food Diet, the placenta is not steamed but sliced raw and dehydrated for a longer amount of time. Maximum vital hormones, enzymes and nutrients are retained this way due to less processing (no steaming). The dry strips are then ground into powder and placed into gluten free, vegetarian capsules.
Raw capsules have quite a strong energy, and tends to need small doses.
Please Note: If someone has requested Raw preparation, but the placenta was more than 2 hours at room temp before going on ice, or there was meconium present then I would strongly recommend the TCM method.
Taking your placenta in capsules is convenient, tasteless and preserves the nutrients you have been building during your pregnancy so you can enjoy the ongoing benefits for months, or even years.
Tip: Any leftover (steamed) capsules will last indefinitely if stored in the back of the freezer. Take when your cycle returns, when you need a pick-me-up, or save for future stressful transitions, i.e. menopause or returning to work.
The vitamins, minerals & hormones in the capsules are extremely bioavailable – they are easily absorbed by the body because they are completely natural and were created uniquely by you, for you.
HYGIENE & SAFETY
Amy performs Placenta Encapsulation in a dedicated placenta specific workplace (see picture above). Equipment and workspace is thoroughly disinfected before and after each use with Viraclean medical-grade disinfectant and an industrial grade bleach soak. Most of her supplies are disposable/single use and all equipment meets food grade standards.
Amy adheres to strict hygiene standards and holds current certificates in OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Transmission/Infection Prevention and Hygiene for Food Handlers.
Handling with respect – The placenta is a precious and sacred organ, therefore Amy ensures only positive thoughts and peaceful energy are present, focusing completely on the task to ensure a smooth and safe encapsulation process.
Only one placenta is ever processed at a time. One in, one out!
As a Mama of three little ones, Amy knows how special this time is. Her service is set-up to be simple and discreet so you and your family can relax and enjoy your precious hours after birth.
Once you have done your research and made the choice to encapsulate your precious placenta, you are ready to make your booking!
Feel free to contact Amy any time you need.
Amy will endeavour to be on call for you around your EDD.
Please note: as birth is unpredictable there is a chance Amy might not be available to pick up your placenta within 5 hours of birth. You will need your midwife or partner to follow the guidelines (enclosed in your booking package) regarding cooling times and storage, until Amy can collect your placenta.
FEES AND SERVICES
Steamed/Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) method - $325
The placenta is considered a powerful and sacred medicine, a ‘full of life force’ organ in China and has been documented as a healing medicine since 1578.
Steaming the placenta with herbs is a crucial part of making this placenta medicine. This method offers a softer energy. (For more info see PREPARATION section above)
Raw Dehydrated Method - $340
Retains maximum vital hormones and nutrients in the placenta, due to less processing (no steaming). The placenta is sliced raw and then heated to food safety temperatures in the dehydrator. This method offers quite a strong energy.
For Mama’s birthing within the catchment area (see map below), this price includes pick-up of your placenta from your baby’s birth place, and next-day hand delivery of your capsules – back to you 48hrs after the birth.
MAMA'S Placenta Tincture, 200mls - $60 delivered ($50 self pick-up)
Tinctures are a great way to continue using the benefits of your placenta after the placenta pills are gone.
Made using a small piece of placenta steeped over 6 weeks in Absolut Vodka. The result is essentially a homeopathic remedy that can be used during times of emotional and mental instability. Beneficial for all kinds of hormonal balancing including PMS and menopause.
Tip: For mums that have left over capsules, I suggest the safest way to keep them for menopause is to make a tincture from them.
I offer instructions on how to DIY upon request.
- Umbilical cord – dried in the shape of a wreath or spiral – an everlasting symbol of the physical connection a mother had with her child.
- Tree of Life print – an artistic blood print of your baby’s placenta tree.
- Photos of your placenta sent to you via text – so you can marvel at the miraculous organ that nourished and sustained your baby in the womb.
Gift Vouchers – perfect for baby showers.
Note: Most cultures like to bury the placenta, returning the nutrients and its sacred energy back to Mother Earth, ‘in gratitude for the gift of fertility and the birth of the baby.’ If you wish to make a lovely burial ritual please let me know and I will return the cord & membranes, either dehydrated or fresh, as you wish.
We would love as many women as possible to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. If finances are holding you back, please contact Amy. There are ways to save on the cost, such as having a friend or family member transport the placenta in the cooler to Amy.
For Mama’s birthing within the catchment area (see map) I offer same-day collection of your placenta from your baby’s birth place, and 48 hour hand delivery of your package.
Hospitals included: Lismore Base, Byron Birth Centre and homebirths within the vicinity; Brunswick Heads to Ballina.
For Mama’s birthing beyond the catchment area (see map – North of Brunswick Heads; Tweed Heads, John Flynn, GCUH. And South of Woodburn; Grafton, Coffs Harbour) – the first hour of travel is included free, after that a Travel Fee applies.
Please contact me if you would like a quote.
Note: You are welcome to arrange someone to drop off your placenta and pick up your package from me in Lennox Head to reduce the cost or avoid a travel fee. I can also courier your package to you. If you have any Travel fee questions please call/text/email Amy.
“Not only is Amy just a gorgeous, bubbly and wonderful human, her placenta encapsulation and print service is incredible. I gave birth at 3am, she picked up my placenta at 10am from my home and delivered the most divine package less than 24 hours later. I was in tears as I unraveled what seemed the most beautiful gift ever bestowed on me! Amy’s thoughtfulness, attention to detail, kindness and respect absolutely permeates the whole journey of opening up the package to receive the very thing that gave your bubba life. She included beautiful poems, odes and gorgeous keepsakes that had me and my partner both emotional and feeling so blessed to have found Amy in the Northern Rivers.
As for the capsules, they have been amazing, both my partner and I honestly notice when I’m a bit late on taking them! They really do make a world of difference, especially for milk production (I can’t take more than 2 a day or I’ll need a paddock of calves to feed!)
Amy truly knows how to respect the powerful, life giving placenta and there is not a detail overlooked in the way she gifts it back to Mother and Baby.
Thank you Amy, you are absolutely divine and gifted and women of the Northern Rivers will be so lucky to find you, as I was.”
– Olivia Julietta, 2017
“Appreciation post. As we approach the six week mark since our little Nashy was born, I can’t help but think about how FREAKING GOOD I feel. I’ve been waiting for the tiredness, tears, low milk, sore body. I honestly can say I don’t feel like I birthed 6 weeks ago, a very different experience to my last 2 births. I have not been tired! Have recovered so well, and feel so ENERGISED, POSITIVE and PATIENT. I have loved every minute of the last 6 weeks, again very different to the last 2 bubbas. Yes every birth was very different and Nash’s birth was probably the easiest on my body, but I think the thing that is helping me feel this good are the magic pills my beautiful friend made for me. PLACENTA PILLS. Yes, I too was quite skeptical but after this experience I firmly believe they have helped in so many ways.
The face of my mother in law when she found out what they were was just priceless!
Ames – you have made this whole experience just magical for us. From your prompt pick up (at 4am!) to the most beautiful package that was delivered back after just 24 hours! The keepsakes, the packaging and all the pills were all made with love I could tell. You my friend should be so proud of the work you do. I am SO glad I made the choice to have this done. To any pregnant friends I can highly recommend the services of Amy and her Mama’s Medicine. “
– Kristy with Nash, 2016
– Claire aka ‘jetsetmama’ with Baby Zephyr, 2016
“I must say, your service is impeccable. I will definitely be recommending you to all my friends!
Thank you for everything- you have helped make this a beautifully stress free time!”
– Jules, Sophie & Nick, 2017
“I think the placenta encapsulation has done me the world of good. I feel like as a twin mum I’ve joined an elite group of supermums who have amazing advice. And now I have advice for those expecting twin mums! Mama’s Medicine!!!!!”
“Just wanted to touch base and tell you my twin girls are thriving and packing on the weight! So much so the midwife assumed the weight gain had to be from formula not exclusive breast milk! I think the placenta encapsulation has given me super breasts! Couldn’t be happier! And still heaps of energy. As a mum of multiples I couldn’t ask for more than that. Thank you thank you thank you.”
“I still get the girls weighed each week to keep an eye on them, and every midwife I see I tell them about your amazing services because they’re all so impressed with my recovery and how I’m getting on with the twinnies. Most impressed with my breastfeeding too and milk supply which is many thanks to your pills!!”
– Susannah, Madison & Zoe, 2016
“Amy I have never opened something so beautiful…….. wow. Your love and care put into it just shines straight through…. I am ever so thankful and feel so blessed.
I was going to try to do it myself and last minute thought I can’t do this right now and the midwifes gave us your number, I am so glad.”
“Amy you are so so lovely – everything about your energy and the pack you created is filled with love & care. It’s so greatly appreciated. Thank you.”
– Lia-Belle & Lotte, 2017
“Amy!! You divine goddess. I have just received your beautiful little package. It is the most magical gift I have ever received (besides from my precious little babe) I am literally wiping tears away. The magic will be treasured forever. Words do not come close to how thankful I am for finding you. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.”
– Carly, 2017
“I have felt amazing since having the babe and I credit that to your medicine. Thank you Amy, you are my angel. My moods have always been stable, energy levels are out of this world, skin is glowing and postnatal bleeding only lasted two weeks! I cannot thank you enough, you have provided me with one of the greatest gifts.”
– Carly, 2017
“PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION. Ok ok yes. Admittedly, I am currently consuming a giant organ that fell out of my vagina. BUT HEAR ME OUT. This placenta eating business is RAD BEYOND BELIEF! I honestly put down a lot of my mental stability and energy these last 9 days to these magical pills [and rather that than eating my newborn, right?!]. Placenta effect, is TOTALLY a Thing. I wanted to encapsulate them myself with the boys, but never got around to it. [Because, huge, gross, bloody mess.] So I eventually admittedly defeat and buried them under trees– after they spent about six months in my freezer being mistaken for beef cheeks. [notveryvegan.] So this time I was determined [to outsource.] and got recommended Amy at Mama’s Medicine [notsponsored.] She came to my house an hour after I gave birth carrying a little esky, took my placenta away, steamed with Chinese herbs, dehydrated it, ground it, and put it into tidy little capsules to be delivered the very next day. Everything was so beautifully packaged and indulgent [see above] that I almost forgot I was actually eating my own body part. I will say though, I highly recommend you get googling a placenta encapsulating person in your area. And all my friends that are about to give birth…you now know what baby gift you’re receiving from me… YOUR OWN PLACENTA!”
– Claire aka ‘jetsetmama’, 2016
“Even though I had a tough labour which ended up in an emergency c-section that led on to an infection and a rash, after 6 weeks I am now feeling back to myself again. During my pregnancy I made the choice to have my placenta encapsulated by Amy from Mama’s Medicine, so happy I did. I couldn’t start taking my capsules straight away because of all the other drugs I was on – I wanted to be fully clear from antibiotics before I started my road to recovery. I am now having my daily dose twice a day and my mental and physical health is right back on track.
I’ve had so much to take in during the last 6 weeks – recovering, as well as caring for a newborn but knowing I have the placenta capsules to restore my health has been a great comfort and help. My energy levels are surprisingly me on a daily basis and the little one is feeding like a champion. Thank you Amy for your amazing service of personally picking up and delivering the capsules to the hospital after delivering baby Cooper. If you’re interested in getting your placenta encapsulated contact Amy, It’s totally worth it!”
“Three months later and I am still so thankful for you. I am so glad that I am able to enjoy moments that I never did with Mason. At 2 am when I’m falling asleep in the rocking chair I am happy to stroke Ella’s face and sing her a lullaby, where as with Mason I just wanted the noise to stop. With Mason I was always in bed and wasn’t interested in sitting and playing with him, but with Ella I can’t pull myself away from her. I’m a stronger mother this time around and I am aware of how incredibly blessed I am. My family and I all thank you for helping me to be the mother and person that I was for my first born. my only regret is that I hadn’t have found you sooner so I could have been this same mother for my son.”
“If you’re thinking about doing something with your placenta after pregnancy – do this! And I can’t recommend anyone else better to do it with than Amy. Having my placenta encapsulated has been amazing in supporting me through the transition to motherhood. They really have been my happy pills and I notice the difference on the days when I don’t have them. Just when I was sad to see my pill supply getting low and I started rationing them.. like an angel I get a message from Amy and she has made me my own special tincture from my placenta to see me through for years! – Amy you truly have been such an amazing support to me.. Messages of encouragement and care well after you made me my medicine, I never expected that and I can’t say thank you enough. My baby and my partner thank you too!”
“Took my first capsule this morning, the energy I feel is incredible. I’m thinking one capsule per day will probably be enough. I’m so happy I went through with it. The energy is insane – a good insane! I can’t wait to see how I feel in a weeks time!”
(2weekspostpartum)- “My capsules have been a godsend. The energy is still as amazing as the first time I took it and a great pick-me-up, especially in the morning when it’s time to start the day!
Emotionally I feel amazing. I feel so much love, bonding with Bub has been really good, my patience and perseverance with breastfeeding has been amazing. My head is in the right place!
Compared to last time, everything feels very different and very right. I truly believe that my capsules have been helping me through these past two weeks! I feel amazing, uplifted, in love, emotionally stable and content. I feel very balanced.
I could not imagine this experience without them! I cannot believe (now) that anyone would want to waste their precious placenta.”
– Aaroha, who suffered with postnatal depression following the birth of her first child.
“After labouring all through the night (8pm-7am) I never thought I would be able to catch up with my body and feel normal again, especially with the lack of sleep that comes with a newborn! I am so glad I decided to get my placenta encapsulated, and especially by the beautiful Amy who personally came to Mullum to pick up my placenta. I feel so amazing, energised, have minimal postnatal bleeding, soreness has almost all gone and I have enough milk to feed an army of babes (luckily Cedar is a guts!) Thank you Amy for your wonderful personal service, delivered with so much care and Love!”
“I am actually feeling really really great! I’m taking 1 capsule at breakfast and honestly, despite the fact that I’ve got the 3 kids at home, all by myself, and miss Ella is having some trouble sleeping due to wind issues, I’m surprisingly energised and coping really well. I’ve had quite a few comments on how great I’m handling it and apparently I look wonderful. I guess because I feel wonderful!”
– Teigen & Baby Ella
“The capsules have been a life saver, dealing with a newborn and a toddler whilst trying to build a house and study is difficult but they have given me so much energy and really improve my overall mood!
By far the best decision I’ve made, they’re incredible.
You have made this experience so much more special for us and I really appreciate it. I will be highly recommending you and this whole process to everyone. “
– Megan & Baby Davis
“Something I had always wanted to do after giving birth was to encapsulate my placenta, thanks to Amy I was able to do so with such ease.
Best of all my husband and Amy literally took care of the whole thing for me. It was nice to know they were working behind the scenes to make this happen for me after a particularly hard birth. (Amy picked up my placenta and had delivered the capsules back to me the next morning.)
Honestly the benefits of this practice have been beyond helpful to me!! I highly highly recommend looking into placenta encapsulation if you’re pregnant or thinking about having a baby.
Thank you again gorgeous Amy x “
– Meagan & Baby Fair
“I feel like my energy levels are crazy good considering the little sleep I had over the past week. I swear my husband is worse off LOL! I’m so thrilled with your incredible service and think you’re awesome!! “
“Wow that’s fast. Received my capsules the next morning and had with breakfast. Amazing service!”
“Things are amazing. My milk is flowing, I’m happy and I have energy. I’m loving every single second of this!”
“You made this whole experience for us all that much more sacred and special.”
I grew up on the South Coast of England, daughter to an English Mama and a Turkish Father. In 2005 I obtained a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Psychology at the University of Birmingham. I left the UK in my mid twenties and spent 12 months travelling across the globe. I met my husband, here in Byron Bay and after many worldly adventures together, we returned to Lennox Head to be married and start a family.
I am the proud mother of three beautiful children. We love to spend time at the beach; the ocean, sunshine and good food is my medicine!
With both children, I consumed the placenta in the weeks following the births. I regained my strength very quickly, within days. Second degree tear wounds healed beautifully within a week, I had an abundance of milk, and above all I felt calm, energised and happy. I swallowed bite size frozen pieces, and washed them down whole with a glass of juice. I had not heard of placenta encapsulation at the time, but the idea of consuming the placenta just ‘felt right’, I knew I was giving my body exactly what it needed at the time.
I looked forward to, and very much enjoyed giving birth to my babies. I chose to have midwifery care at Lismore Base, and I found the caseload program to be fantastic. I was lucky to experience two amazing calm births; both fairly quick, un-medicated, water births.
My midwife held space around me, protecting me, supporting the unique rhythm and timing of my labour, avoiding medical interventions. Care was centered around maximising both mine and my baby’s health – physically, emotionally and spiritually. I will be signing up with these ladies again for baby #3, when the time comes!
I am so grateful I learned about the many benefits of using my placenta. My transition into motherhood was smooth and very positive, and I firmly believe that utilising the goodness of my placenta was the key to my postpartum rejuvenation!
I love to be pregnant. I believe the human body and the way we are created is nothing short of a miracle. Self care and nourishing oneself during this sacred time is so important. Consuming the placenta is a powerful way to close the circle of pregnancy and birth, whilst returning valuable nutrients and hormones to the body.
Mama’s Medicine provides a heart centered service, inspired by the belief that a woman who has just brought new life into this world is an exquisite Goddess, worthy of sacredness and magic!
I am grateful to have finally found a place for my passion as a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, and I dedicate myself to providing a service full of love, care and attention, honouring this tender and precious time in your life.
After you’ve made your decision to encapsulate your placenta and you are ready to make a booking, please email me and I will send out a Booking Form and a Placenta Care form for your midwife.
With the lodgement of your forms, a deposit must be made of a minimum of $50 to hold your space.
Please feel free to engage with me via email or phone conversations as you need, I will be happy to shine a light on any concerns you may have.
Annoyingly, sometimes my reply emails land in one’s JUNK/SPAM folder, please double check yours if you don’t receive a reply in 24 – 48 hours.