Placental Encapsulation

The placenta is the organ that grows inside a woman's uterus during pregnancy and allows for the exchange of oxygen, nutrients and waste between mother and baby. After birth, the placenta is expelled. Some women chose to discard it, consume it, or dehydrate it for encapsulation. There is no known risk of placenta consumption by the mother. When taken, the placenta supplies natural iron and protein, and can help to re-balance essential hormones. It may also reduce postnatal bleeding, stress, and postpartum depression, increase energy levels and milk production, and help balance the mother's mood.

Lila Fischer, CPM

Rosehip Midwifery Martha's Vineyard

Lila Fischer has served women and families on the Vineyard since 2010. She was trained at Maternidad La Luz Midwifery School in El Paso, Texas. She apprenticed with renowned Mexican midwife Angelina Martinez and Nantucket midwife Sybille Andersen. She then served at Mother Health International, Uganda. She opened her homebirth practice in 2014.  Lila loves working with mothers and babies.

*Lila is currently attended nursing school. Please contact Hannah Beford ( and Dardy Slavin ( as they will be offering the service while Lila is away.

Danielle Kilroy, CPM, LM, CD

Home Born Midwifery

Danielle studied midwifery at The Matrona in Asheville, NC and completed a two year apprenticeship before starting Home Born Midwifery in 2012. She has served families throughout New England and Wisconsin, and is delighted to be offering her services on Martha's Vineyard. In her spare time she gardens, hikes with her dog, crochets, and volunteers as an on-call sexual assault advocate.