A Growing Belly, LLC
Happily Assisting at the Following Birth Locations:


  • Anne Arundel Medical Center

  • Baltimore Washington Medical Center

  • Carroll County General Hospital

  • Frederick Memorial Hospital

  • Frederick Birth Center

  • Greater Baltimore Medical Center

  • Howard County General Hospital

  • Johns Hopkins Bayview

  • Mercy Medical Center

  • Sinai Hospital

  • Special Beginnings Birth Center

  • St. Agnes Hospital

  • Univ. of MD St. Joseph Medical Ctr.

  • University of MD Medical Ctr.

  • Your Home!

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What is a Placenta Art Print?


A Placenta Art Print is a print made from the placenta; a lifelong memento of your child’s birth. Placenta prints are made by taking the placenta coloring it using food safe dyes - either natural or food coloring - and pressing it, along with the umbilical cord, to acid-free paper.


The result is a work of art that looks something like a tree, which makes sense as the placenta is sometimes referred to as the “Tree of Life.” Once the print has dried, families can frame and display it as a conversation starter or keep it tucked away as a personal keepsake.


Additional Cost for Time/Supplies: $40

What is Placenta Tincture?


Similarly to the way vanilla extract is made, Placenta Tincture is made by taking part of the steamed, dehydrated placenta and combining it with a 100 proof drinking alcohol, typically vodka. This mixture is stored in for 6 weeks in a cool, dark environment. The final product is made by straining off the placenta solids. What remains is a very potent tincture of placenta.


Placenta tincture is useful for all sorts of hormonal balancing from PMS to menopause. The placenta tincture can be used to continue your placenta therapy and for times of stress, like going back to work or an emotional day, etc.  Suggested dosage is several drops in water 2-3 times a day. If kept in a cool, dry place, placenta tincture should last indefinitely.


Additional Cost for Time/Supplies: $10

What is Mother's Broth?


Mother's Broth is a natural by-product of the steaming process.  While it is mostly water, it contains essence of the placenta (especially hormones and iron).  It also contains the Traditional Chinese Medicine “warming” herbs.  Much like when you steam vegetables, many of the valuable nutrients can be lost in the steaming water. This is why many people keep the nutrient-rich vegetable water to use in healing.


The broth is extremely powerful, yet perishable. This, much like the placenta, would normally be considered waste, but it has proven useful to many new mothers.


Additional Cost for Time/Supplies: $0

Extra Placenta Services

What is a Cord Keepsake?


The umbilical cord is the tie between mother and child. While it doesn't provide any nutritional value in the placenta capsules, it does make a lovely keepsake. 


Many parents ask me what to do with this, and the answer is personal. Some of my clients have made shadow boxes with other mementos from the birth, some have placed the cord keepsake in a special place in their home, other have burried it to honor the burial tradition. Whatever you chose to do with it is right.


Additional Cost for Time/Supplies: $0