Placenta Services FAQ
WHAT IS PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION?
The first thing we do is examine your placenta and wash the blood off. Depending on your preparation preference, the placenta is either very thinly sliced, or gently steamed and then thinly sliced. These slices go into a food grade dehydrator until the internal temperature reaches 160° F for about 8-10 hours. It is then ground up into a fine powder and put into pill form using an encapsulating device. We package your capsules using dark glass jars to protect the quality and potency.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RAW METHOD AND BASIC HEATED?
The raw foods method of preparation skips the heating process before dehydration. Your placenta is only washed and sliced. This gives you more potent capsules and a higher yeild. The heated method gently warms the placenta. The placenta is sliced and dehydrated. Basic Heated stays in the line with the belief that the postpartum body needs warmth to properly health from birth, replenish and move fluids and remove obstructions. Both have incredible benefits!
CAN I ENCAPSULATE MY PLACENTA IF I HAVE A C-SECTION?
Absolutely! Just make sure you let your care provider and hospital know that you plan to take your placenta home with you. They will place it in a small, plastic container labeled with your information.
HOW DO I STORE MY PLACENTA UNTIL IT CAN BE PREPARED?
It is the client's responsibility to notify FBTB as soon as possible after the birth to make arrangements for transfer of the placenta.
Client must place the placenta in a refrigerator or a closed cooler full of ice within 3 -4 hours of the birth. Improperly handled placentas are susceptible to spoilage and all placenta work is done at your own risk.
It is the client's responsibility to discuss the release of the placenta with client's primary health care provider as well as the facility the client will be birthing in. Please make sure that the placenta is refrigerated or kept on ice until it can be picked up or delivered for preparation and encapsulation. The placenta may be kept at room temperature for a maximum of 3 hours following the birth. After that, or as soon as possible, it should be placed on ice or in a refrigerator.
If it is going to be 3 or more days before the placenta can be processed, it should be frozen. A frozen placenta may require 1-2 additional days for processing since it must be gently defrosted prior to being dehydrated.
WHAT SIZE AND TYPE OF CAPSULES DO YOU USE?
We offer two types of capsules: unflavored vegetarian or gelatin (from animal source). The basic difference -based on client feedback- is that vegetarian capsules tend to be a little "stickier" versus gelatin being a little more slippery when in contact with your mouth.
We only offer one capsule size: Size 0
If you have a preference for a flavored capsules, just contact us in advance so they can be ordered for an aditional fee.
HOW DO I KNOW MY PLACENTA IS BEING PREPARED CORRECTLY?
From Bump To Babies is currently Trained and Certified through International Placenta & Postpartum Assosication (IPPA - former Full Circle Placenta). Part of the certification process also requires certification in bloodborne pathogens and a current Clark County's Food Handler's Card. Each placenta is prepared according to OSHA standards for sanitation & safety, which are always followed and you can rest assured that your specialist will only have one placenta picked up a time. There is never a risk of mix up or cross contamination.
WHAT IS A PLACENTA TINCTURE?
Placenta tincture is a piece of raw or powdered placenta that is fermented in high proof alcohol. The alcohol draws all of the nutrients and hormonal compounds from the placenta, perserving it for longer periods of time.
WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF HAVING MY PLACENTA PREPARED IN MY HOME VS. IN YOUR WORK SPACE?
DO YOU PICK UP MY PLACENTA AT THE HOSPITAL?
No, the hospital will not release your placenta to anyone but you. It is your responsibility to tell the hospital staff that you want the placenta released to you. Most hospitals will have you sign a form called a “Disposition of Placenta” which will permit you to take possession of your placenta. We recommend bringing an insulated cooler with you to the hospital.
HOW TO GET THE PLACENTA RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL?
Each hospital has their own protocol for the release. These are subject to change anytime, but last we checked, it was as follows:
ALWAYS CHECK YOUR HOSPITAL'S PLACENTA RELEASE POLICY WHEN YOU GET ADMITTED TO GIVE BIRTH
Hospitals requiring immediate pick-up after birth:
-Mike O’Callaghan - Nellis
If your hospital has an immediate release policy, you will want to arrange for someone to transport your placenta home. Your placenta should be double-bagged and placed on ice in your cooler, to be taken home within 2-3 hours after the birth. Your Specialist should be notified and will arrange a pickup time within 24 hours after birth.
Hospitals that release the placenta at discharge:
Hospitals requiring pick up 7 days postpartum:
-St. Rose Siena
-St. Rose San Martin
Feel free to contact us anytime if you have additional questions regarding our placenta encapsulation services