What method of placenta encapsulation do you offer?
Based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, we follow the traditional method which steams the placenta before dehydration. This kills any germs or bacteria that may be present on the placenta.
When should I schedule the service and when do you start the process?
You may contact me at any time during your pregnancy to discuss the services offered. I will email you a contract and mail/deliver a cooler and transportation supplies for getting your placenta home from the hospital.
Please contact me within 12 hours of the birth. This ensures that we can get your services scheduled quickly so that you can reap the benefits of your pills as soon as possible.
What do I need to do?
You will need to transport your placenta from the hospital to your home. This leaves no doubt that the placenta I encapsulate is indeed yours. All you need to supply is a sink, stove, access to an outlet and some counter space. I will provide everything else. You can be assured that all of my equipment and supplies are sanitized and that I take all necessary precautions to keep everything clean and safe.
What do I do with the placenta until you get here?
Within 4 hours of birth, the placenta must be placed in a cooler on ice or in a refrigerator. I will provide you with a cooler bag to use and, if in a hospital, you can fill it with ice from the ice machine to keep it cold. Simply replace the ice every couple of hours and then put it in your refrigerator once you get home. You can put it in the freezer if our schedules don't allow the encapsulation process to start within 3 days of birth. If that's the case, I will thaw the placenta once I get to your house.
When do you start the process?
In order for you to be able to have your pills as quickly as possible, starting encapsulation within 2 days of birth is preferable. If, for any reason, we can't begin the process until later, your placenta can be frozen for up to 3 months.
Why do you do the process in my home?
My #1 goal is to professionally provide you with a service while giving the utmost attention to your safety. The truth of the matter is, there are no legal standards for encapsulating placentas in the United States. I chose to train with ProDoula as a Postpartum Placenta Specialist as they set their requirements far above the industry standard. These requirements include client transportation of their own placenta, placenta encapsulation only done in the client's home and maintaining a blood borne pathogen certification.
This is to your advantage because you will know with 100% certainty that your placenta is yours. You don't need to worry about how many placentas may be being encapsulated at the same time and what safety protocols the specialist institutes to avoid mix up. Because the process is done in your home, your placenta will not be exposed to any foreign bacteria that may hinder the positive effects of the capsules. And, lastly, as a Postpartum Placenta Specialist I am trained in postpartum recovery and newborn care. By being in your home, I am available during the processing time to offer support or answer any newborn or post partum questions you may have.
Do I need to be there while you're working?
Simply put, no. If you'd rather have the process done when you're not home or if you'll have an extended hospital stay, I can begin and/or complete the process alone. We can arrange the details however you would like.
How long does the process take?
I need about 1.5-2 hours for two consecutive days. For the 24 hours between the two visits, the dehydrator will need to remain plugged in and running.
What is a tincture and how do I take it?
A tincture is a highly concentrated liquid extract. (Vanilla extract is a common type of tincture) In this case, it is alcohol infused with your dried placenta. I use a high-end gluten-free Vodka for the tinctures. Once bottled, it takes 6 weeks to mature. After maturity, you place a few drops under your tongue in times of stress, anxiety or emotional lows. If properly stored, tinctures are good for many years.
Do they taste bad?
We do everything possible to mitigate any unpleasant odors or tastes. Most people find that when taken with orange juice, there is no negative taste. In fact, some women find that they are easier to take and taste better than prenatal vitamins.
*This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information presented is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Suburban Doula is not a medical professional.
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