Mendy Thijssen - Mountain View, CA

Hello, I'm Mendy......

My interest in Placenta Encapsulation sparked specifically when my midwives suggested I try it after the birth of my 2nd child. I had expressed to them my concern about how difficult postpartum recovery was for me the first time, and that I had been on the verge of postpartum anxiety and depression. I wanted to do everything I could to ensure a much smoother transition this time. The healing it offered really surprised me. I had a much easier recovery in comparison to my first. I experienced less mood swings and I had more energy, even though I was chasing after a 3 year old and having an infant to take care of, I was astounded by the benefits I was feeling! I read a story about Placenta Benefits in the Compleat Mother magazine, and decided to enroll in their program.  I’ve since started doing encapsulation on my own and have worked with over 400 clients in the Bay Area.

Service Area

SF Bay Area Peninsula and South Bay


elementsofmagic ‘at’ gmail ‘dot’ com

(650) 400-1307

Other Services Offered

Elements of Magic

Birthing From Within Childbirth Classes

Belly Casting

Pre and Post Natal Massage

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Guidelines for Preparation

I only do service IN my clients homes as per safest standards for the placenta.  I am certified Food Safety manager through the county for safe food preparation and disinfection of all my equipment.

Food Safety County Guidelines for cleanliness

Informative Video and Web Links

My NBC Interview about Placenta Encapsulation: click here   or here

My interview on Sacramento News on Placenta Encapsulation here

Charges for Service: $300*

*These charges enable me to meet all my ends financially,

Please DO NOT let price be a deciding factor in your decision,

I am willing to work with you for financial compromise.

If your placenta is more than 6 months old you may not be able to use it for encapsulation or consumption.  This site offers a great pack and tips for planting your placenta as a symbol of new growth for your family.


I'm very excited to be able to offer this great service and healing benefits to clients, making hormonal homeostasis more readily available to moms after birth, and to preserve and enhance this "Tree of Life" that grows within and for us.

I’ve been working with pregnant and new parents since 2002 in many capacities.  I became interested in working with pregnant and new families while I was practicing massage therapy, I especially liked doing prenatal and postpartum massage. I'd always considered becoming a midwife, but wanted to start my own family first. A client of mine was a doula teacher, and it only seemed natural for me to become a doula. I've been practicing as a birth and postpartum doula now since 2002. I like to focus my expertise to prenatal and postpartum services, so I also work as a Whole Birth prenatal yoga instructor, and a Birthing From Within childbirth mentor. I love to do art, especially on belly's, so I do belly casting and belly henna as well!

The first time I saw a picture of a placenta, and how much it resembles the Tree of Life, I knew that there was something too special about this organ for us to be throwing it away after birth! I read some stories about how some cultures keep the placenta and plant a tree with it to symbolize the growth of their child, so I decided to do that after the birth of my first child.