How do I get my placenta from the hospital?
It is important to find out the policies your birthing place early on. Speak with the Nurse Manager of Labor and Delivery at your birthing place to learn the policies and plan ahead to ensure that your placenta is not treated with any alcohol or chemicals and does not go to pathology. If it must go to pathology, ask that only a small piece be sent. Due to the use of formaldehyde, once a placenta goes to pathology it will be unsuitable for consumption.
How do I store my placenta? For transportation?
At the hospital they package your placenta up for you in a bucket or bags. However, bring your own packaging just to be on the safe side. Once born, place your placenta inside 2 large, freezer strength ziplock bags inside of a tupperware- style container with a secure lid. A container that is leak-proof will be best for transporting your placenta home. Do not rinse your placenta or allow ice or water to come into direct contact with it. Refrigerate your placenta as soon as possible. If it cannot be refrigerated, you can use a cooler with ice packs around our packaged placenta. Do not package it with absorbent material. If your placenta will not be processed within72 hours of birth it will need to be frozen and will then need 24 hours to thaw before encapsulation.
What method do you use to process the placenta?
I prepare the placenta for dehydration from the raw state. I will clean the placenta and prep it for dehydration by removing the umbilical cord and then slicing the placenta into small strips. The placenta is then placed onto dehydrator trays and heated to 160 degrees until all moisture is removed. Once completely dry the strips are then ground into a fine powder and finally placed into size 00 capsules.
How do you keep a clean and safe environment when working with my placenta?
Maintaining safe practices is my top priority. I am in the process of becoming OHS compliant in the control of blood born pathogens. My equipment is used only for processing placentas and nothing else. I provide services in the comfort and safety of your home. I follow a strict cleaning and sanitizing protocol, every time.
Do you have to do it at my house?
Yes. I chose to provide my placenta processing services in your home for a number of reasons.The main reason is that it is against Maryland regulations to transport potentially hazardous food to be prepared in another persons home, unless one is a licensed food service facility.
Other reasons include:
1. Your placenta is always in your possession. There is no risk of a mix up or your placenta being processed around other placentas.
2. To reduce the risk of cross contamination as much as possible. By preparing your placenta in your home the only thing that will be around your placenta are your family’s bacteria, not mine or anyone else’s.
3. You can see my prep and clean up methods first hand.
How do I prepare for this?
Preparation in your home will happen over 2 days. On the first day I will prepare your placenta and get it into the dehydrator. On the second day, I will grind and encapsulate the placenta pieces. I will need unrestricted access to your kitchen for about 3-4 hours on the first day and 2 -3 hours on the second day. If there are add-on services this may take additional time.
I will need access to a sink, about 2 to 3 feet of clear counter space to work on and a place to plug in the dehydrator. You do not need to provide anything else. I will bring everything I need with me. If I need to to I will move things around and clean but it is best if the counter space is cleared completely. I will do my best to leave the work space cleaner than I found it when it is time for me to go.
Can I watch the process?
Yes. You and your family are welcome to observe the process. Please do not allow pets or toddlers into the area where I will be working.
How many pills will I get?
The number of pills produced will depend on the size and density of your placenta, which usually depends on the size of your baby. Also, the method of preparation can have an effect on how many capsules can be made. Typically anywhere between 115 to 250 capsules will be filled.
How do I store my pills?
Store your pills in the freezer.
How many pills should I take each day?
You will receive dosage suggestions with your capsules. They are a guideline and not to be considered over your own judgement. You can take more or less capsules depending on how you are feeling. A good starting place is 2 pills 3 times a day for about 3 weeks or until your lochia stops. If you feel this is too strong reduce to 1 pill 3 times a day or even 1 pill a day, always listening to your body. Do not take your placenta pill if you are feeling sick.