Congratulations! You have now given birth to a beautiful baby and a beautiful placenta! Before you get that placenta to me, there are a few things you should know:
- You will need to place your placenta in two sealed, gallon-sized ziploc baggies on ice for the first 3 hours following delivery. If the placenta will not reach me within 3 hours, then it will need to be moved to a refrigerator for up to 48 hours. After 48 hours, it must be laid flat and frozen to protect it for encapsulation. That’s it. Just have someone call me as soon as the placenta is delivered to arrange for drop off/pick up. You will reap the most benefits from your placenta by getting it to me as soon as possible after it has been birthed.
- My turnaround time is typically about 3 days for fresh placentas, and 5 days for frozen placentas.
- Most hospitals will let you take your placenta home with you. Make sure this is in your birth plan and you have designated a person to ensure the placenta is cared for properly following the birth. Do not let the placenta leave your sight!
- If you are vegetarian, it is perfectly acceptable to encapsulate. I use vegetarian capsules in my production process.
- Most health conditions will not prevent you from having your placenta encapsulation. However, if you have HIV or Hepatitis, your placenta is not suitable for encapsulation.
- Placentas that have been sent to the lab are not suitable for encapsulation. If encapsulation is important to you, ask your health provider if a small piece of the placenta can be cut off and sent to pathology instead of the whole organ.
Placenta encapsulation has not been evaluated or endorsed by the FDA and this is not meant to substitute for medical advice. Please consult with a trusted health professional before using this or any supplement.