How many capsules will I get from my placenta?
The total yield of capsules definitely varies between placentas. It will depend on the size of the placenta, which is more often than not linked to the size of the baby. The method used during encapsulation will also affect the total amount. Some placentas yield 80 capsules and others up to 280.
As a general rule, you will receive enough capsules to last up to 6-8 weeks post partum.
How long will my capsules last?
If stored correctly your capsules can be kept for up to 12 months. I recommend freezing them after the initial post partum period. They can then be used any other time during hormonal or emotional stress.
How do I get my placenta to you?
As soon as bub is born, just send me a text to notify me of their arrival. I will come to you at my earliest convenience (please see collection fees)
There is no fee if your husband/partner/doula delivers to me
How many capsules do I take and how often?
You will receive full instructions regarding dosage with your capsules.
What sanitation precautions are taken?
I use dedicated supplies for each encapsulation and safety and sanitation is super important. Most supplies are disposable and those that aren’t are washed thoroughly with soap and water, then sanitised in a bleach solution.
I hold a blood borne pathogens certificate as well as a Food safety and handling certificate.
How long have you been an encapsulation specialist?
I have been providing my placenta encapsulation service since 2014 and have encapsulated over 350 placentas.
Can you encapsulate if drugs were used in labour or I had a caesar?
Placentas from inductions, epidurals, spinals, pethidine, syntocinon in labour, elective and emergency caesareans are all able to be encapsulated.
Can you encapsulate if there was meconium?
Most definitely. I’ll do an Apple Cider Vinegar wash and then follow the TCM procedure. The steaming and dehydration process will kill any bacteria.
What about Group B Strep?
Group B Strep is one of the normal inhabitant bacterias of vaginal and anal areas. Higher levels of growth present on swabs done around 36 weeks alert caregivers to the potential for this to become a problem in labour. Some women choose to have the IV antibiotics, and some don’t. Either way, the placenta can still be encapsulated as the high heat of steaming and dehydrating kills bacteria.
My placenta is frozen, is that ok?
Yes! As long as your placenta was refrigerated soon after the birth, then correctly frozen (double bagged and protected from freezer burn), it can be encapsulated up to six months after birth. The process may take longer so the turnaround time will be adjusted
When it is NOT possible to encapsulate a placenta?
If the placenta was poorly handled and/or not stored appropriately after the birth; if the placenta was sent to pathology for testing; if a systemic infection is suspected in mother or baby; if chorioamnionitis (also known as intra-amniotic infection, an inflammation of the fetal membranes due to a bacterial infection), is suspected.
When should I book the service?
Any time before 38 weeks is fine. The sooner the better.
Do I pay upfront or after I receive the capsules?
Full payment is required upfront when you book the service.
What payment methods are accepted?
Payment is by EFT – Bank Transfer
What happens if my placenta is unable to be encapsulated?
In the event your placenta gets taken away for lab testing and is deemed not viable for release and ingestion, you will receive a refund of your payment less a small deposit amount. (As I may decline other clients around your due date)