What do I need to take with me to my birth place to ensure that my placenta is ready to encapsulate?
- A small cooler to store your placenta in after birth: a hard-sided cooler is recommended as a soft-sided cooler may leak
- Two (2) one-gallon Ziploc bags to put your placenta in before storing in the cooler
- Your birth plan stating that you would like to keep your placenta and that it must not leave your room
- Contact information for your Placenta Specialist (text or Facebook message)
What is the proper way to store my placenta after birth?
Within two hours of birth, the placenta should be double bagged in one-gallon Ziploc bags (some hospitals will put it in a sealed container, and that is also fine). Bags should be sealed tightly and placed in a cooler on ice. To ensure that the placenta is properly stored and taken care of, I recommend that you designate someone on your birth team to be in charge of your placenta after birth. As long as the placenta is in a cooler with ice, it will stay safely chilled until I am able to come and pick it up. Once your placenta is ready for pickup, you can text me or send me a message on Facebook. I will make arrangements to pick up the placenta from you within 24 hours.
What if they want to take my placenta to pathology?
[/fusion_text][fusion_text]If your provider requests that your placenta be sent to pathology, request that they send a small piece of the placenta instead of the whole thing. This retains the integrity of the placenta while still allowing it to be tested. If lab results come back normal, you are able to encapsulate as planned. Due to the risk of cross-contamination, it is not advised to encapsulate if your entire placenta has been sent to pathology.
How many capsules will I receive?
Every placenta is different, but on average, each placenta yields 80-120 capsules.
How do I know I will not receive someone else’s placenta?
Safety and sanitation are my top priority. For this reason, I only work on one placenta at a time. There is no chance of any accidental switch or cross-contamination. All of my supplies and materials are either thrown away or thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between clients.
When do I need to pay for encapsulation and other selected placenta services?
There is a $25 non refundable deposit due at the time of booking. The remaining balance is due in full by 39 weeks. Payment plans can be arranged.
Why is it important to use someone that is trained in placenta encapsulation?
Choosing the right specialist to encapsulate your placenta is an important decision. A trained specialist must follow all OSHA and EPA guidelines for safe handling and disinfection. A properly trained specialist will also be able to advise you on correct dosage guidelines, instructions for proper capsule storage, and when to not take your capsules. I completed my training with the Association of Placenta Preparation Arts (APPA), and I adhere to all of its rigorous standards of safety, sanitation, and confidentiality. I am currently the only APPA-trained Placenta Specialist in the Kansas City area. No matter who you choose to encapsulate your placenta, please be sure that you are using a trained professional.