Not a Placebo

A Closer Look at Pilot Trials in Maternal Placenta Consumption

Human placentophagy in the form of placenta encapsulation is a growing trend worldwide. Until now, the evidence for the practice among humans has been largely anecdotal and has not been well studied. Over the past few years, there has been […]

APPA Shining Star: Jill Schwartz

APPA would like to introduce you to Jill Schwartz from Minnesota!


Jill Schwartz lives in rural Minnesota and is very excited to be the only APPA Certified Placenta Specialist in her area, serving 8 counties of the state. She has been a DONA certified birth doula since 2004 and has a true passion for […]

Shining Star: Anne Ferguson, APPAC

Anne Ferguson has been encapsulating placentas since 2011 and has been an APPAC since 2015. She has worked with well over 800 families as a birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator (Hypnobabies childbirth hypnosis classes) and Placenta Arts Specialist.

Her interest in placenta encapsulation started in 2009 with the birth of her second child. She […]

Graduate Spotlight: Courtney van Assem

My name is Courtney van Assem, I am a mother to two little girls and a baby on the way shortly. I am a farmer’s wife with a love for growing and nurturing all things. I stumbled upon placenta encapsulation while pregnant with my first daughter and fell in love with the idea. After my […]

Graduate Spotlight: Liz Martinez

Hello, my name is Liz Martinez. I’m a Marine Wife and a homeschooling mother to two beautiful girls. My girls have always been my inspiration so when I was pregnant with second daughter I began to do research on encapsulation. After reading about the reported benefits I decided to encapsulate my own placenta. I felt […]

Graduate Spotlight: Karyn Brown

Placenta encapsulator? Placenta arts specialist? How does that kind of career choice happen? For me, it happened like this. After seven years in the Army, two AA degrees, and a lot more college, I decided to settle down and raise a family. I am a stay-at-home, breast-feeding, cloth diapering, and home schooling mother of five, […]

Graduate Spotlight: Natalia Longanbach

My name is Natalia Longanbach and I am a mother of two as well as have a passion for encapsulating placentas. With my first daughter, my cousin encapsulated my placenta for me and I had never heard of such a thing before until she mentioned it to me about her encapsulating for me. With my […]

Please consider eating your placenta, here’s why

by Kirrah Stewart B.ClinSci

When you have a baby, you’ll need to make a decision about what to do with your placenta. There are many differing beliefs and customs around what ‘should’ be done with the placenta after birth and this varies between people and countries. Some cultures believe it needs to be buried, […]

Graduate Spotlight: Chris Stauffer

Chris Stauffer is the father to 5 beautiful children. His introduction to placenta encapsulation came when his wife, Erica, gave birth to her 4th baby and said that she was going to encapsulate her placenta. His initial thought was how disgusting that was but being a supportive husband, he didn’t say a word and instead […]

Graduate Spotlight: Jane Stanley

Jane was born and bred in the north of England and her passion for “all things birth” began when she home-birthed her two daughters in 1995 and 1998. Over the next few years she and her family moved to Texas, USA and whilst raising her two girls, she studied with DONA International to become a […]