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Mississippi has changed the classification of placenta, freeing hospitals to release placentas to mothers upon request.

Jordan Thiering and son Roman at two-and-a-half months. Courtesy of Jordan Thiering

The Mississippi Department of Health has removed the classification of placenta as “medical waste”, a designation that led hospitals to refuse to release placentas to parents, or force them to get a court order to take the placenta home.

This is all thanks to Jordan Thiering, a mother who stood up to the hospital and the state health department to fight for her right to take both her baby AND her baby’s placenta home from the hospital. Congratulations Jordan, and thank you on behalf of Mississippi mothers as well.

Learn more about the benefits of placenta for postpartum recovery, or find a PBi Placenta Encapsulation Specialist at

Read the full story on NBC News.

Two questions I get asked most often:
Placenta Toxins

1) “The placenta is a filter, so aren’t you just ingesting all those toxins?”

2) “Even if the placenta does contain good things, you’re just destroying them with the processing.”

I am very pleased to report that the answer to both of those questions is “NO”.

The latest research from the UNLV Placentophagy Research Team is in pre-press and will be published soon. The trace minerals project has shown that many trace minerals are retained in the placenta post-processing (per the PBi method, which is the method studied), and that any harmful toxins that are present are in sufficiently low levels as to not cause harm to the women ingesting the capsules.

Based on the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for lactating women, the recommended daily intake of placenta capsules would provide, on average, 24% RDA for iron, 7.1% RDA for selenium, 1.5% RDA for zinc, and 1.4% RDA for copper. The mean concentrations of potentially harmful elements (arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, uranium) were well below established toxicity thresholds.

This is great news for mothers who want to utilize the placenta for postpartum recovery!

Source: Human Placenta Processed for Encapsulation Contains Modest Concentrations of Fourteen Trace Minerals and Elements, Young,

The Human Placenta Project

April 18th, 2016

The NIH Human Placenta Project happened over the weekend. It’s very exciting to know that research into the functioning of the placenta is being conducted on such a vast level.

They have released videos of the meetings, you can watch the video of Understanding Human Placental Structure and Function in Real Time (Day 1) online right now:

PlacentaCon 2016 Online

March 29th, 2016

I’m still working on the summary of PlacentaCon 2016, with a highlight reel, so watch for that next. However, I did want to tell you that the videotaped sessions are now online and anyone can watch them!

PlacentaCon 2016 videos online at PBiU

Check out the videos, and then JOIN US next year!

PlacentaCon 2016

March 22nd, 2016


PlacentaCon 2016 is nearly upon us – March 26, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV.

We have a terrific lineup of speakers, presenting information on a variety of topics:

  • Maryn Taylor and Maria Pokluda, of Dallas Ft. Worth Placentas, will be giving a presentation on running a placenta-based business.
  • Sara Harkness from Sacred Postpartum will be sharing ways in which we can honor the placenta, and demonstrate belly binding.
  • Laura Gryder from UNLV will be presenting research on iron and its effect on women in the postpartum period.
  • Patricia Edmonds, midwife and author of Placenta: A Guide to Examination (aka, the Placenta Bible) will be giving us a detailed demonstration on placenta anatomy and examination.
  • Michelle Escasa-Dorne from University of Colorado will be sharing her research on women’s fluctuating libido and its adaptive functioning during postpartum recovery.
  • Sharon Young, UNLV Human Maternal Placentophagy researcher will be sharing some interesting points from the placenta versus placebo research study we conducted.
  • Dr. Daniel Benyshek is attending and will be on our Research Panel at the end to answer questions about the UNLV placenta versus placebo research.

We are using PlacentaCon as a fundraiser for Ibu Robin Lim and the Bumi Sehat Foundation. Portions of ticket sales, as well as a full Art Auction Benefit will go toward supporting their clinic in Bali, which provides donation-only health care to Indonesia’s poorest residents.

We still have tickets available if you’d like to attend, it’s going to be a fabulous event!

PlacentaCon tickets

Ariel Vickery, Kansas City Placentas at Postpartum Peace

Ariel Vickery, Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist(tm)

Ariel Vickery has been serving mothers in Kansas City since 2011. She is dedicated to helping mothers have a peaceful postpartum (which is why she named her business Postpartum Peace).
After being featured in the Kansas City Star in an article entitled Placenta pill power: Encapsulation is catching on in Kansas City, Ariel was interviewed on a popular Kansas City radio morning show, “Carson in the Morning”, to talk more about placenta encapsulation. She did a great job of sharing the benefits of placenta for postpartum recovery!

Ariel’s segment starts at the 7:20 mark:

PBi is thrilled to welcome our newest placenta encapsulation specialist, Amanda Winn. Amanda is serving families in Sneads Ferry, NC and surrounding areas.

Amanda says

“I began my birth work journey in 2009 when I attended a DONA doula training and started assisting women as a birth doula shortly after. In 2012 I became aware of the benefits of placenta encapsulation through a dear friend. I loved the idea of using something our body produced to nourishing our body. I know first hand how different I felt post partum after encapsulating my placenta compared to when I did not encapsulate.

I know how difficult the post partum time can be and am thrilled to have the ability to help moms through this by offering placenta encapsulation services.”

If you are in Sneads Ferry, NC or its surrounding areas and are interested in placenta encapsulation services you can reach Amanda at!

PBi is thrilled to welcome their newest placenta encapsulation specialist, Shannon Delaney. Shannon is serving families in the Buffalo, NY area.

Shannon says

“I am a Labor and Delivery nurse. I became interested in placenta encapsulation after seeing many of my patients encapsulating their own placenta’s. After reading about the many benefits of encapsulating the placenta I wanted to help other women find a natural solution to postpartum anemia, fatigue and baby blues.”

If you are in the Buffalo, NY area and interested in placenta encapsulation you can reach Shannon at

PBi is thrilled to welcome our newest Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, Charla Anderson!

Charla is serving families in Prince George, BC, Canada. She has completed a rigorous training with PBi and is ready to serve families in her local community.

Charla says

“I chose PBiU to train with because of their continuing support in the further study and research of Placentophagy.   I learned a lot about how and why Placenta Encapsulation was working so well with my clients from increase in lactation for moms who struggle with supply, to increase in iron for anemic mothers and more level moods and regulation of their hormones compared to previous Postpartum experiences.  The placenta is truly amazing and is built perfectly for a woman’s needs after birth!!!”

If you are interested in placenta encapsulation and located in the Prince George, BC, Canada area reach out to Charla at!

PBi is thrilled to welcome our newest Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, Becky Hines!

Becky is offering professional placenta services in the Dallas, Texas area. She has completed a rigorous training through Placenta Benefits, obtained a Texas Food Handlers Card, and completed a Blood borne Pathogen Safety Training through Biologix.

Becky says

“After hearing countless stories and testimonials about the positive effects of PE,  I began to do my own research. I was floored by all of the research that backs the benefits of placentophagy. I am now a huge proponent of placentophagy and do my best to educate my clients and others about the benefits. In the spring of 2015, I was part of a group that proposed a bill that required all hospitals to release women’s placentas in the state of Texas. HB 1670 was passed in June 2015 and the law became effective January 1, 2016.  We are so excited here in Texas!”

If you are in the Dallas area and interested in Placenta Encapsulation Services reach out to Becky at!

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