Affordable encapsulations, for everyone

The placenta has been used in Chinese medicine since the 1500s to aid mother’s in postpartum recovery.  We deliver affordable placenta encapsulation and tinctures to new moms throughout the Seattle area.

Thank you so much for the service you offer! This recovery and baby-bonding time has been such a beautiful experience for me… Better than my last two pregnancies by far although I was deeply in love with them too, but I feel so great and energetic and in love!!

— Elizabeth in Tacoma

Placenta Encapsulation ($200)
A method in which the placenta is steamed with herbs and then sliced, dehydrated, ground into a fine powder, and then made into pills. The benefits of placenta encapsulation include:

  • Decreased risk of postpartum depression
  • Balancing of postpartum hormones
  • Reduced risk of postpartum anemia
  • Increased breastmilk production
  • Reduction in postpartum bleeding
  • Pain relief
  • Faster healing
  • Increase in energy levels


Placenta Tincture ($89)
A natural remedy made from a piece of the placenta and 100% organic 100 proof vodka that can be helpful during postpartum recovery, stressful transitions, PMS, and menopause.

How it works

01  Reserve your birth date

Our encapsulation specialists get booked fast.  Reserve your birth date by completing our reservation form and paying a $75 deposit.


02  Customize your order

Once you’ve completed your reservation, our encapsulation specialists will contact you to ensure your encapsulation is prepared and delivered to meet your needs.


03  Contact us for pickup

Once your baby is born, contact your encapsulation specialist as soon as possible, so we can begin processing your placenta within 48 hours or less.


04  We deliver your capsules to you

Once we receive your placenta, we begin processing it typically 24hrs.  Your capsules are then delivered to you within two days.



DISCLAIMER: Expecting Joy’s placenta encapsulation services have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not meant to prevent, treat or diagnose any disease, illness or symptoms.  Clients understand that they are assuming all risks and benefits on their own belief of the placenta’s healing and nutritional properties.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the turn around time to have my placenta encapsulated?
Turn around time is usually less than 24 hours, but can take up to 2-3 days.  Once your baby is born, we ask you to contact us as soon as possible, so we can make arrangements to begin processing your placenta within 48hrs or less.  Once we receive your placenta, we begin processing it typically within 24hrs.  The capsules are then ready in about 2 days.

When should I hire Expecting Joy?
As soon as you have decided you want your placenta encapsulated or are considering it, please contact us!  We would love to answer any questions you might have.  Some clients hire us months in advance, while some contact us as late as the day of their birth!  It is ideal if you can give us at least a week’s notice.

Where do you prepare my placenta?
We have a designated quality controlled work studio with flat working surfaces.

How many capsules will my placenta yield?
On average one placenta yields about 125-175 capsules.  The birth weight of the baby almost always typically correlates with the size of the placenta– the bigger the baby, the bigger the placenta.  And the bigger the placenta, the more capsules you’ll receive!

How should we store my placenta until you begin the encapsulation process?
The placenta should be refrigerated or kept in an ice cooler.  If it is stored in a cooler with ice, any melted ice will need to be emptied and replenished with fresh ice.  Your placenta will keep for up to three days in a refrigerator.

I’m planning to have a cesarean birth.  How will my placenta encapsulation be helpful to me?
It can be particularly helpful in the event of a c-section due to the trauma caused to your body.  Your placenta has specific hormones that aide in the healing process.  Urokinase inhibiting factor and factor XIII help with wound healing.  Since twice the amount of blood volume is lost during a cesarean when compared to a vaginal birth, the hemoglobin the placenta contains will help restore your hemoglobin and iron levels. Interferon and gammaglobulin, hormones contained in the placenta, help to boost the immune system and decrease postpartum infections as well.  Also, with a cesarean, milk production can be delayed up to five days.  Prolactin in the placenta can benefit milk production during this time.

My placenta is in my freezer– can you still encapsulate it?
Yes!  While placenta encapsulation is most beneficial immediately postpartum, it can still provide benefits even if it is encapsulated months after you have given birth.  As long as the placenta has been handled and stored properly, we will encapsulate it up to twelve months after birth.

How do you sterilize the equipment you use?
Our placenta encapsulation specialist is a surgical technologist and your safety is our primary concern.  We use stainless steel equipment soaked in a 1:10 bleach:water ratio for a minimum of twenty minutes.  Equipment and work surfaces are also sanitized with Citrus II, a hospital grade disinfectant.

What does a placenta look like before it gets encapsulated?



What supplies do you use to encapsulate placentas?
Reusable Supplies

  • Disposable waterproof pads (“Chux” pads)
  • Antibacterial hand soap
  • Disposable gloves
  • Disposable aluminum pans from Cash and Carry
  • Plastic cutting board
  • Non-serrated cutting knife
  • Fork
  • Sponge and or scrubber
  • Antibacterial dish soap
  • Parchment paper or foil
  • Small cookie sheets
  • Coffee grinder
  • Dust mask or surgical mask
  • Small sleeve
  • Gel cap filling machine
  • Bleach
  • Germicidal wipes

Supplies for Each Encapsulation

  • 2 lemons
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1 2-3” piece of ginger
  • Gel caps (about 100-150)
  • Amber jar
  • Labels



Which encapsulation method should I choose?
There are two different methods of encapsulation: Raw and Traditional Chinese Method (TCM).  We only offer TCM, and if you have a history of depression or anxiety, we suggest the TCM method.

What is the difference between the TCM and raw method?
The theory behind the TCM method is that the “warming” (steaming) of the placenta with specific ingredients that have warming properties aide in accelerating the healing process and restoring the body.  There are characteristics or “symptoms” present if someone is “Qi” deficient. Being “Qi” deficient makes you vulnerable postpartum to illness.

With the TCM method, we steam the placenta in a stainless steel pot with fresh lemon, jalepeno, and ginger.  The placenta is then thinly sliced and dehydrated for about 8-12 hrs.  The raw method theory is that it aides in preserving optimal nutrients, hormones and enzymes intact.

While both methods provide energy for mom postpartum, the raw method often produces higher levels of energy.  With the raw method, the placenta is not steamed and goes straight into the dehydrator after it is thinly sliced, it is then dehydrated at a lower temperature for about 24hrs.

What is your travel fee?
There are no extra fees included.

When should I pay and how?
Upon completing the online form to reserve our services, you will be directed to PayPal to complete a payment, you can pay the minimum deposit of $75 or the entire amount for the encapsulation.  We accept credit/debit cards, checks, and cash.

If you have any further questions please feel free to email us at hello at expectingjoy . com