Frequently Asked Questions
HOW MANY CAPSULES CAN I EXPECT?
This depends on a couple of factors. First, the preparation method. Steamed preparation tends to yield less than the Fresh or "raw" method. Also consider that any add-on's such as tinctures and smoothie cubes will decrease the finished amount of capsules. Secondly, the size and mass of the placenta is unique to every baby, though on average a placenta ranges between 100-200 placenta pills.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
It is typically a two day process. Ideally, the encapsulation process should begin within 72 hours of the birth. If it is not possible to start the process within the first few days following birth, the placenta needs to be frozen. A smoothie can be made upon request at intake to assist in the interim.
WHEN/HOW SHOULD I CONTACT YOU?
I accept phone calls and texts from 8 am and 10 pm, and drop off/pick up is scheduled between the course of 9 am to 6pm. Please text (760.208.5860) or email me when you go into labor (if possible) and again as soon as you can after the birth of the baby.
WHEN/HOW SHOULD I CONTACT YOU?
I will accept phone calls and texts from 8 am and 10 pm, and drop off/pick up is scheduled between the course of 9 am to 6pm. Please text (760.208.5860) or email me when you go into labor (if possible) and again as soon as you can after the birth of the baby.
WHAT DO I DO WITH IT?
The most important thing is that it is kept cold until the process begins. The placenta should be kept inside 2 (two) gallon ziplock bags in the fridge or in a small cooler on ice at all times. Some hospitals require it be removed from the premises within a certain time frame. In that case, just just take to your car or put with personal belongings. As long as it is kept in ice, it is safe until we are able to make arrangements. Please make sure they are fully aware you intend to take it home with you so that the proper precautions will be taken.
MAKE SURE IT DOES NOT GO TO PATHOLOGY where formaldehyde is used and then encapsulation is not viable.
DO YOU PROCESS MORE THAN ONE AT AT TIME?
No. I take your health seriously and would never do anything to compromise it. I NEVER process more than one placenta at a time. The first placenta will be fully processed, encapsulated, the workspace /equipment thoroughly cleaned & sanitized before a second placenta is even touched.
HOW DO YOU SANITIZE?
I thoroughly disinfect the area where I work before and after the process. All of my equipment is used solely for encapsulation and is disinfected according to OSHA and EPA standards. After washing with antibacterial soap, equipment is then rinsed and then soaked in a 20 minute medical required bleach solution 1:10 and thoroughly rinsed one more time (this is the OSHA medical system for sanitation).
WHAT IF I USED MEDICATIONS DURING PREGNANCY OR LABOR?
Most likely it's no problem at all! During intake, we'll verify the safety of all medications and go over any information we may need to create the safest encapsulation for each client.
WHEN CAN YOU NOT ENCAPSULATE, AND THEN WHAT?
• If there are confirmed signs of infection during labor (maternal fever, increased heart rates, etc.) When this happens, the placenta is not released from the hospital.
• If the placenta is taken to pathology. If your doctor would like to examine it, ask if a piece can be taken to pathology.
If this occurs, you are welcome to phone us anytime and I can guide you through the process. First thing to do is to ask them to just take a sample of it and do proper testing. Often times Moms can get a fever from an epidural and the doctor may suggest she has an infection. This can be simply ruled out by running a test on the placenta and this is your right to request.
For those babies that have passed meconium (first poop while in the womb), encapsulation is still completely viable! We may use an apple cider vinegar soak first and if placenta is very saturated, we will steam it before dehydration.
If I see abnormalities or a reason that it is not a healthy encapsulation, I will immediately let you know. This rarely happens, but my goal is to provide the healthiest and safest experience for you and sometimes that includes NOT using the placenta. If I am unable to encapsulate your placenta, it can be returned for you or disposed of for you and half of the deposit is refundable.