Frequently Asked Questions
What is in the placenta that makes it so good for us?
There are many hormones, nutrients, benefits and healing properties that the placenta has. The following are known hormones and benefits:
What is the "baby blues"?
The "baby blues" is the first two weeks of the postpartum period when mothers are adjusting their new lives to motherhood, a baby, the hormones are unbalanced and many changes are going on. Many mothers cry and laugh. It can be exhausting and overwhelming. However, this changes is normal for that period of time. After the two weeks are over, it can be considered Postpartum Depression if the mother is still feeling sad, overwhelmed, and emotional. It is important for mothers to seek help if they are feeling depressed after the baby blues. Your placenta can help balance your hormones back into place faster to help reduce the chances of getting the baby blues and postpartum depression.
What is the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)Method of Placenta Encapsulation?
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used for thousands of years. They believe that the process of labor, childbirth, and postpartum leaves the mother's body cold and it is necessary to provide the heat back into the mother's body so that it can heal correctly. It's the Yang that the TCM method replaces and balances the body. In this method, the placenta gets steamed and when it's ready, then it gets dehydrated and grinded into powder. This method still has the nutrients and hormones that the body needs to heal after postpartum.
What is the Raw Method of Placenta Encapsulation?
The Raw Method is essentially best for someone who already follows a more Raw diet. It is believed with this method that the placenta has all of it's original nutrients and hormones not "killed off" with the steam. The placenta is NOT steamed with this method and it follows the same encapsulation techniques of dehydrating and grinding the placenta into powder. Mothers who use this method state they feel the benefits of the capsules faster and stronger.
It is essential to remember that mothers who have an infection during labor, have history of hyperthyroidism, insomnia, and a history of anxiety do not use this method of encapsulation.
Can I use both methods of encapsulation?
Yes, please let me know if you would like both methods. I will get half of the placenta for Raw and the other for TCM method.
What is the process of encapsulation?
The process of encapsulation consists of the following:
What does your fee include?
My fee includes:
Where do you do encapsulation?
I can do the encapsulation process both in my home or your home. It is your choice and you can let me know what way you are most comfortable with.
Do you pick up from the hospital?
Yes I do!
When will I get my placenta pills?
My turn around time for the placenta capsules is 48 hours. Usually when you are arriving from the hospital, I will deliver the capsules that same night to your home.
How should the placenta be handled?
When the baby arrives, make sure that your care provider knows that you will be taking your placenta home. Usually the nurses will put the placenta in a container or a bag. It is up to the mom and partner to take a cooler type box, bag, lunch bag to put the placenta container or bag in. Ask the nurses for some ice to put the ice in the bottom of the cooler and around the placenta container to keep it cool while I arrive to pick it up.
What safety methods do you use when handling the placenta?
I follow strict OSHA and BBP (Bloodborne Pathogens) handling of the blood and placenta. I clean everything in the kitchen before starting. I cover the counters with trash bags. I wear protective gloves, apron, and make sure all of my equipment is sanitized, washed with soap and hot water, and I use bleach on all the equipment and kitchen areas.
How many capsules will my placenta make?
The number of capsules depend on the size of the placenta. It can range from 70 to 300 capsules.
When does encapsulating begin?
Encapsulation begins the same day you let me know that the baby has been born. I start the process that same day or night. It takes me two days since the most important and vital part of encapsulation is the dehydration process. The placenta needs to be completely dried in order to be in the put in the capsules.
How long can my placenta be in my freezer?
You're placenta can be in the bottom part of your freezer for up to 6 months.
What if I'm not sure I want to encapsulate my placenta?
If you're not sure you want to encapsulate at the moment, I recommend you still take your placenta home. That way you can put it in your freezer and you can have it encapsulated when you're ready for it. It can last up to 6 months in your freezer. That way, it won't be too late if you change your mind after postpartum. It's better to have it than not have it and then realize you did want it.
I'm having a cesarean and or getting an epidural, is it okay to still encapsulate my placenta?
Having your placenta encapsulated after your cesarean is essential. It is definitely still okay to encapsulate and will help your cesarean heal faster.
What if my hospital doesn't want to release my placenta?
Your placenta should have a "Hospital Placenta Release Form" that you will need to sign either during your prenatal care or postpartum. It is crucial that you become your own advocate for your placenta. Many hospitals still don't fully understand the importance of encapsulation yet. Many mothers don't request to take their placentas home. Therefore, you have to be your own voice for your placenta! Once you sign for it, the placenta needs to be out of the hospital ASAP. Please make sure to call me when it's time to pick up. I can also provide you with a copy of a Hospital Release form if your hospital is giving you a hard time. Usually most families state that they want their placenta for "religious purposes" and get their placentas without a problem.
When should I NOT encapsulate my placenta?
When should I NOT take my capsules?
You should not take your capsules if you have a fever or an infection that you're fighting off. The placenta capsules provides heat to your body and taking it during a fever is not a good idea.
How often should I consume my placenta capsules?
You will be given instructions on how to take your placenta when specialist delivers the capsules to your home.
How should I notify you to come pick up the placenta?
I'll be on call 2 weeks before your due date. The fastest way to get in touch with me is via text message, phone call, then email. If you are in labor, please let me know so that I know the placenta is almost ready to be encapsulated. I don't mind what time of day or night it is.
What form of payment do you take?
I take cash, check, and or PayPal. I will be putting a PayPal button on the website soon. I can take payments during your pregnancy. I often also get paid when I deliver your placenta pills.
Okay, I want to hire you!! What's the next step?
You can also fill out the general "contact form" on my website. If you have questions, please fill out my contact form under the contact page. I check my email daily and will get back to you. If you don't hear from me in 24 hours, please feel free to text or call me at (562)964-3211.
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