The placenta is steamed, dehydrated, ground and put into vegetable capsules. I handle your placenta with respect and thoroughly sanitize my materials and workspace.
How soon does it get encapsulated?
Your placenta should be encapsulated within 24-48 hours from the birth for maximum benefits. In your birth plan, ask for your placenta. Place your placenta in a cooler on ice to keep it cool while being transported to a refrigerator. After the birth of your baby, contact me to ensure your placenta is properly cared for and stored until the encapsulation process can begin in your home. If it is not possible to begin the process within 48 hours, double bag it in a a zip-lock freezer bag releasing all the air to prevent freezer burn. It will take 24 hours for your placenta to thaw in the refrigerator before the encapsulation process can begin. Allow 48 hours for the encapsulation process to be completed in your home.
How many capsules will I get?
Every placenta is a different size. Most placentas will make approximately 100 - 200 capsules.
How many capsules do I take?
The standard dosage is 2 capsules, 3x/day for the first week. 2 capsules, 2x/day for the second and third week. 2 capsules, 1x/day for the fourth week and then as needed until finished, or until you feel great without them. You may store any remaining capsules in the fridge or freezer to take later to help increase milk production, when your period returns, PMS, or for menopause.
What if I give birth at a hospital?
Bring a cooler to the hospital to ensure your placenta is stored properly. I would recommend having someone else (spouse/partner, family member, or doula) be in charge of the placenta once it is birthed so that it is not lost or damaged and properly stored. Hospital staff are very busy and can easily be distracted and could accidentally discard your placenta or send it to pathology where it could be ruined for encapsulation.
Hospital staff will package the placenta inside some sort of container or bag that is sealed. Once the placenta is packaged by hospital staff, please leave it in that packaging to avoid any cross-contamination or a mess.
As soon as possible, place the packaged placenta in your cooler and then add ice to ensure it will stay cold. As long as the container/bag that the placenta is in has ice near it, the placenta will keep until you can take it home and get it into the refrigerator. If you have a private room & private refrigerator you can keep your placenta in there if the container fits until it can be taken home. Ideally, you do NOT want the hospital to store your placenta for you! This is the number one way a placenta accidentally gets lost/ruined/sent to pathology.
What if they want to take my placenta to pathology?
Rarely will your physician feel that your placenta needs to go to pathology. If so, ask if they can do a visual exam in the delivery room, or see if a small piece sent to pathology would suffice instead of the entire placenta. If your physician feels the whole placenta needs to be examined in pathology unfortunately it will no longer be suitable for encapsulation/consumption due to cross contamination. A small percentage of placentas actually need to go to pathology in their entirety. Most doctors will try working with you so everyone gets what they need. Placentas that are sent to pathology for examination are NOT able to be encapsulated.
How do I schedule encapsulation services?
To schedule a no-charge consultation, call Gretchen Vetter at (208) 968-3616 and ask about Becky Miller's schedule for your encapsulation services.
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