I'm delivering in a hospital. Can I still have my placenta encapsulated?
Absolutely! When you sign up for our service, we will provide documents to give to all your hospital caregivers and full instructions for bringing the placenta home!
Will you come to our home to process and encapsulate the placenta?
Well, we would rather you come here, but that's not the way it works! We do need to perform the entire process in your home - it's part of our agreement with the state. We are certainly willing to travel a distance to work with you, but if it isn't possible, we'll do everything we can to get you in touch with a placenta specialist closer to you.
How long does the placenta encapsulation or placenta tincture process take?
We work very hard to make sure we don't wear out our welcome, but the process does take a few hours in the morning followed by a few hours in the afternoon. (While we're waiting for the placenta to dehydrate - before returning in the afternoon - we leave you alone while we go out for lunch. When we return to complete the process, we will leave you with the completed capsules and a tidy kitchen!)
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.
Uninformed people call the placenta a biohazard. But then, I have an uncle who calls pig intestines Chitlins, and he scarfs them down! Then again, a client called her placenta "Mildred". Mildred ...Biohazard ...call it what you want. 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. Many say we leave their kitchen cleaner than when we got there. No, we don't do bathrooms. Or windows. But you will love what we do in your kitchen.
Do I need to provide any equipment or kitchen tools?
Oh, for Heaven's sake! You just had a baby! You just put your feet up and enjoy that little one. We will bring everything we need; don't worry about a thing. All we need from you is a placenta.
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 aren't at another mother's home 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.