Frequently Asked Questions

Please plan to bring a cooler with you when you leave for the hospital or other place of birth. Once your placenta has been delivered and inspected by the medical team, they will usually place it in a plastic tub, label it as biohazard, and give it to you for storing. Staff may tell you that it needs to be stored in the lab. If this is the case, please make sure you inform them that you plan to take your placenta home with you and it MUST NOT be treated with any chemicals. If I receive your placenta and am unable to encapsulate it due to chemical treatment, you are still responsible for payment. For home birth clients, simply bag your placenta in two gallon sized freezer ziploc bags and place it in the refrigerator until I am able to collect it.
I am available for pick up between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. everyday. If your baby is born outside of those hours, please store your placenta according to my requirements and I will come collect it the next day.
From start to finish, the process takes two days. I strive to have your placenta pills delivered to you by your third postpartum day.
Each placenta I process is handled with the utmost care and safety, for your benefit and for mine as well. My work area is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to preparation, in between the preparation and encapsulation phases, and again once the placenta has been fully processed. My equipment is used solely for the purpose of placenta preparation and encapsulation and is sterilized according to OSHA standards. Your placenta is safe with me!
I have a single-placenta-in-process policy. That means I never ever process more than one placenta at a time per location. If two women birth at once I always process in the order in which they were received. Each placenta gets my full attention and I document the entire process from start to finish. I treat your placenta exactly the way I would want mine to be treated. It is a very simple and straightforward process.
Absolutely! Please follow the storage requirements as though you were having a vaginal delivery.
Of course! If you decide to freeze your placenta for later encapsulation, please make sure it is double-bagged using gallon sized freezer storage bags and placed in the back of the freezer as soon as possible. Once you have made the decision to have it encapsulated, it will take 1-2 days to thaw in the refrigerator. Please do not freeze, thaw, and then refreeze your placenta. Placentas are able to be frozen for up to six months and still be encapsulated.
Each placenta is different and therefore the outcome will be different depending on the size of the placenta and the method you choose for preparation. For the raw/fresh method, the average number of capsules is 150. The average number of capsules for the Traditional Chinese Medicine-based method is 115.
In the instance of Chorioamnionitis, an infection of the amniotic sac and fluid, I will be unable to encapsulate your placenta for your safety. During labor, the mother usually shows signs of this condition in the form of high fever and increased heart rate. The hospital will not release your placenta to you when there is a confirmed infection.

If the doctor has any concerns about your placenta and would like to test it, please do not release it to pathology. Request that they take a piece of the placenta to pathology for testing. Please keep me informed of any tests or procedures that may be done on your placenta so that I am prepared when I receive it. I will thoroughly inspect it for your safety before processing .

While I feel strongly that it is a woman’s right to choose where she would like her encapsulation to take place, at this time I am not able to offer that service. If you would like this option, I can refer you to specialists who can accommodate your needs.