What does the process look like for a hospital birth?
All hospitals in Northern Colorado are familiar with placenta release. The release policies vary slightly between hospitals, but they are all very similar. You will need to make sure your care provider and nurses know you want to keep your placenta when you give birth. They will keep it safely refrigerated in the birthing center for you until it can be released. The hospital will give you a release form to sign and to give consent for me to pick up your placenta for you. Contact me when you've given birth and I take care of the rest for you. It's quite simple! If you have any questions about your hospital and their policy, use the contact tab to email me and I would be happy to talk with you about that.
How do I store my placenta after a home birth?
Usually your midwife will help with this and luckily it is very easy! After birth, double bag your placenta in gallon size Ziploc bags and refrigerate within 1-2 hours of birth. Contact me when you've given birth and I will pick it up from your home as soon as you are ready for me to do so.
Do you deliver my capsules or do I pick them up from you?
All you need to worry about is taking care of yourself and your baby. I strive to make this process as easy as possible for you, so yes I deliver to your home or the hospital, wherever you are when your capsules are ready.
How many capsules will I get?
This answer can vary widely depending on the size of the placenta. The average amount of capsules a placenta yields is about 120. If quantity is important to you, I suggest the raw start method of preparation as that yields more capsules. I also highly recommend adding a placenta tincture which will extend the benefits of your placenta for a very long time.
Can I still encapsulate if I've had an epidural/cesarean?
Where will my placenta be encapsulated?
Your placenta will be processed in a dedicated placenta preparation work space. All equipment and supplies are used for placenta preparation only and are all of highest quality for preparation and sanitation purposes. In my work space, I never work on more than one placenta at a time. If two clients give birth on the same day, I complete the first placenta, fully sanitize, and then complete the second placenta so that each receives my full attention to detail and safety. My work space and equipment are sanitized with a medical-strength bleach solution and hospital-grade Super Sani-Cloth wipes to prevent cross contamination. Visit the "Safety" page for more information.
What are the benefits?