Frequently Asked Questions
How quickly do I have to have the process started?
Between 48-72 hours is preferred, but it can be frozen if I am unable to make it there in that time. Very little effectiveness is lost when it's frozen.
How quickly does the placenta have to get from the hospital to a freezer? I can be stored on fresh ice in the hospital for up to 12 hours. It's best if its in a fridge as soon as possible though. If I can't start the process within 72 hours, it must be frozen. It also takes 24 hours to thaw in the fridge, so there is some scheduling we need to do once you've delivered. DO NOT place the placenta into a freezer without speaking with me first, The placenta should be placed into the refrigerator for immediate processing, we will only freeze the placenta if I can't begin right away.
Do we just ask the hospital to place it in a cooler once it's delivered?
The hospital staff will put it into a container or bag. You will need to bring a cooler to put it in, with ice, until someone can take it to your refrigerator at home.
Is there a formal process for the hospital releasing the placenta to us? Not at this time in the state of Maryland. Each hospital is different. I do have a release form if you'd like. Most hospitals for legal reasons, won't argue with a religious request. You do have to be sure it doesn't go to the lab though, because if it goes to pathology there is a good chance it will not be viable for encapsulation, due to formaldehyde or saline.
How many pills will I get? The amount of pills you receive varies from woman to woman. Most placentas create at least 75 pills, the average being 90. Larger placentas create a larger amount of capsules; over 120 capsules. These can be saved for the future or even menopause.
I want to have pain medication or an epidural. Can I still encapsulate? Absolutely! The pain medication is safe for you and your baby during labor and delivery. The small trace amounts that will be in the placenta will not cause any issues with the encapsulation process and it will not reduce or change the efficacy of the capsules.
I have Hepatitis. Can I still encapsulate? I do not do encapsulations for women who have the Hepatitis B or C viruses, an active case of Herpes, or HIV/AIDS. I apologize, but this is for my own family's safety, as well as the safety of my future clients. Thank you for understanding. If you still want to have your placenta encapsulated and are in this category, please talk to me and we can work something out.
I smoked during my pregnancy. Can I still encapsulate? Heavy metal toxins are trapped in the placenta and therefore encapsulating isn't always a good idea. This would of course depend on if you smoked the whole pregnancy or just for a few weeks early on. We can discuss this further to make the best decision for you.
How do I pay the deposit?
The $50 deposit may be paid on the home page of the website, simply click the "Pay Now" button.