I'm delivering in a hospital. Can I still have my placenta encapsulated?
Absolutely! When you sign up for our service, we will provide full instructions for bringing the placenta home! Frankly, this has become so common place that 99% of hospitals slip it into a lidded container and keep it on ice until we arrive.
How long does the placenta encapsulation or placenta capsule process take?
We work very hard to pick the placenta us as soon as possible, and we start the process immediately. We make every effort to ship your package within 36-48 hours, but there is much that impacts that, including the size of the placenta, humidity in the air, whether it's over the weekend, etc.
How many capsules can I expect from my placenta?
It all depends on the size of your placenta. Size really does matter here, but as with most things, we can't control the size of our placentas. And it's not a status thing. You'll never hear us say, "Our placenta was bigger than your placenta!" We have seen anywhere from 100 - 200 or more capsules from various placentas. Wonderfully, it always seems to be exactly the amount the mother needs.
What about sanitation? I've been told the placenta is a bio-hazard.
That sounds rude, but this valuable organ needs to be treated as a biohazard. The fact is, we thoroughly disinfect the area where we work before and after the process. We are careful to go beyond OSHA's rigid requirements to ensure total safety for all of us.
My husband says we can't afford placenta encapsulation.
I'm always amazed at how brave husbands can be with hormone-crazed moms. Have they not seen "The Burning Bed"? Seriously, it's important to help them understand how THEY benefit from you ingesting your placenta. In my house, I like to use the "Versus Method". For instance, I'll ask my sweet husband, "Would you rather work on our 'Honey Do' list on Saturday, or would you prefer that I paint your fingernails and cut your hair while you sleep?" Always, he chooses the 'honey do' list. Always. And he smiles sweetly while backing away slowly. So, I suggest you sweetly say to your husband, "Honey, do you want me to be sweet and loving, or do you prefer that I be irritable and depressed?" or, "Sweetie, would you like me to fix nice meals every day, or would you rather me draw you a map to the kitchen?", or my personal favorite, "Babe, would you like me to launder your clothes, or would you rather I put them through the wood chipper?" Of course, if that doesn't work, you'll need to proceed to what I call the "Versus Method on Steroids". In this case, you demurely say to your sweetie, "Honey, I understand that we can't afford placenta encapsulation. But I absolutely have to ingest my placenta, so I'm willing to do it the hard way. So here's a recipe for Placenta Smoothie, and another for Placenta Tar Tar. Right after the birth, you'll need to take the placenta and cut off the cord and squeeze the blood out and slice it thinly ...." Invariably, at this point, he will be wretching and agreeing to pay a placenta specialist. It usually happens within five minutes, +/- 2 minutes, depending on how long they gag. So you see, the key is to show them how they benefit from encapsulation. You have hormones on your side. Use them, girlfriend.
How can you be sure you available when I deliver?
We are very careful when we schedule to take into account any possible scenarios to ensure our clients do not overlap. Of course, some of these babies have other ideas, and we have learned to be very flexible. With two of us available, we have never had a problem. I guarantee that you will be able to count on our timely arrival -- unlike the little munchkin.
I delivered some time ago; my placenta is in the freezer. Is it too late to encapsulate?
Absolutely not. Although it is best to process the placenta within six months, all hormones and some nutrients are still viable and beneficial. Are you waiting for spring to bury it under a tree as some do? Personally, I would rather see it nourish you and your baby than a tree. But that's just me. Do email us with your situation. If it's your great grandmother's placenta, we may need to talk.
Some say eating your placenta is cannibalism.
Yes - I'm thinking that had to be a husband. Probably said to a wife who was explaining why she felt it was important to ingest her placenta. The placenta is a temporary organ that is eaten after being expelled from the mother's body. That's different from something you slice off and start gnawing on. Now, if you go on to eat an arm or a leg, THAT is cannibalism. And no, we don't recommend that.
I am learning wonderful things about placentophagia. I wish I had known about this when my children were born. So tell me -- are you ever tempted to sneak a bite?
Uh ....no. But feel free to contact us if you have any other questions.