Q. What is the turn around time?
Turn around time is 2-3 days, once your baby is born I ask you to contact me as soon as possible so we can make arrangements so that I may begin processing your placenta within 48hrs or less. Once I receive your placenta I begin processing it typically within 24hrs. Once I begin processing it, the capsules are ready in about 2 days.
Q. When should I hire you?
As soon as you have decided you want your placenta encapsulated or are considering it please contact me. Some clients hire me months or weeks in advance, some as often as late the day of their birth. It is ideal if you can give me at least a two week notice.
Q. Where do you prepare the placenta?
I have a designated quality controlled work studio on my property equipped with stainless steel work surfaces.
Q. How many capsules will the placenta yield?
On average one placenta yields about 125-175 capsules. Placentas prepared using the raw method yield more capsules. The birth weight of the baby almost always typically correlates with the size of the placenta; the bigger the baby the bigger the placenta and the bigger the placenta means more capsules!
Q. How should we store the placenta until you begin the encapsulation process?
The placenta should be refrigerated or kept in an ice cooler. If it is stored in an cooler with ice any melted ice will need to be emptied and replenished with fresh ice. It will keep in a up to 3 days in a refrigerator.
Q. I’m planning to have a cesarean birth, how will placenta encapsulation be helpful to me?
It can be particularly helpful in events of c-sections due to the trauma causes on the body. It has specific hormones that aide in the healing process, Urokinase inhibiting factor and factor XIII, helps with wound healing. Since double amount of blood volume is lost during a cesarean the hemoglobin the placenta contains will help restore your hemoglobin and iron levels. Interferon and gammaglobulin, hormones contained in the placenta help to boost the immune system and decrease postpartum infections as well. Also with a cesarean milk production can be delayed up to 5 days, prolactin in the placenta can be of benefit during this time.
Q. My placenta is in my freezer, can you still encapsulate it?
Yes! While placenta encapsulation is most beneficial immediately postpartum it can still provide benefits even if it is encapsulated months after you have given birth. As long as the placenta has been handled and stored properly I will encapsulate it up to 12 months after birth.
Q. How do you sterilize the equipment you use?
Your safety is extremely important to me! I’ve taken a course regarding bloodborne pathogens to ensure optimal safety for my clients and myself. I use stainless steel equipment; it soaks in a 1:10 bleach:water ratio for 20mins minimum. I then spray my equipment and work surfaces with Citrus II, a hospital grade disinfectant – letting it “stand” for 10 minutes minimum.
Q. Which method should I choose?
What method you decide is individual. I offer both traditional prep and the raw method. If you have a history of depression or anxiety I suggest the TCM method.
Q. What is the difference between the traditional prep and raw method?
The theory behind the traditional prep method is that the “warming” (steaming) of the placenta with specific ingredients that have warming properties aide in accelerating the healing process and restoring “Qi” to the body. There are characteristics or “symptoms” present if someone is “Qi” deficient. Being “Qi” deficient makes you vulnerable postpartum to illness. With the traditional prep method, I steam the placenta in a stainless steel pot with White Peony Root and Ginger. The placenta is then thinly sliced and dehydrated for about 18hrs.
The raw method theory is that it aides in preserving optimal nutrients, hormones and enzymes intact. While both methods provide energy for mom postpartum, the raw method often produces higher levels of energy. With the raw method the placenta is not steamed and goes straight into the dehydrator after it is thinly sliced, it is then dehydrated at a lower temperature for about 24hrs.
Q. What is your travel fee?
The travel fee varies depending on if you request pick-up and/or delivery, it is typically $30-75
The travel fee for the Dover & Milford area is $30.
The travel fee to Seaford area is $40.
The travel fee to Lewes, Rehoboth and Easton is $50.
The travel fee to Newark, Wilmington and Salisbury is $65.
The travel fee to Annapolis is $75.
Q. When should I pay and how? Upon completing the online form to reserve me for services you will be directed to PayPal to complete a payment, you can pay the minimum deposit or the entire amount. I also accept credit/debit cards, some checks and cash.
If you have any further questions please feel free to email or call me.