Placenta Encapsulation Disclaimer
Placenta encapsulation is the process of preparing the placenta after the birth of the baby by dehydrating, powdering and placing it into capsules for the person who gave birth to use at their discression.
Limitations and Disclaimer
I am not a licensed medical professional and I am not able to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any health condition. Services and fees are for the preparation and encapsulation of your placenta, not for the sale of the pills. No specific benefits or effects are promised. Any benefits will vary from person to person. Some of the ascribed benefits of placenta consumption are supported by research; however these benefits have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. It is your responsibility to determine whether using placenta preparations may be of benefit to you.
It is your responsibility to notify me after the birth (ideally within 24 hours) to make arrangements for pick up, drop off or for me to come to your home. Failure to do so may result in delayed placenta preparation and encapsulation and may cause spoilage of the placenta, which would render it unusable for encapsulation. It is your responsibility to discuss release of your placenta from the hospital where you give birth (or backup hospital for home births) and to ensure proper labeling and storage of your placenta in a refrigerator or cooler with the placenta placed on ice until it can be picked up or delivered for preparation and encapsulation. Your placenta should not be treated with alcohol, formalin, or any other preservative. Please contact me if you need assistance with hospital release. You should contact the hospital directly, not just your doctor or midwife.
Placenta Transport Preparation
Whether birthing at home or in a hospital, please ensure your placenta is kept fresh. It can remain at room temperature for 3-4 hours following the birth. After that it should be refrigerated or otherwise kept cool. If you are practicing some form of delayed cord cutting or lotus birth, ice packs may be wrapped up with the placenta to prevent spoilage. If, for some reason, it is going to be more than 3 or 4 days before the placenta can be prepared, it should be frozen. A frozen placenta will take somewhat longer to prepare since I prefer to gently defrost it prior to preparation. *** It is my goal to begin processing your placenta within 24 hours of the birth of your baby! ***
You can prepare your placenta for transport by placing it the placenta transport kit that I will send you once I receive your paperwork and deposit. The kit will contain a cooler bag and freezer strength Ziploc bags for the placenta to be placed in. It will also contain small Ziploc bags for ice. Please put the ice in the small bags and place those in the cooler bag with the bagged placenta. (Your birth location should have ice available) Please do not place ice directly in the cooler bag---it will leak!
It is important to note that there may be circumstances under which your placenta cannot be used. Significant abnormalities of the placenta may necessitate your doctor or midwife sending your placenta to Pathology for further examination. Other conditions, such as signs of infection in the mother during labor, may mean that consuming your placenta will not be beneficial to you. If in doubt, I will consult with you before proceeding.
It should be possible to claim your placenta after Cesarean surgery.
Please let me know if you have any health conditions which may affect the health of your placenta or the health and safety of anyone who may come in contact with your placenta.
If you taking any medications regularly, other than prenatal vitamins, please detail them on the last page.
There are two methods of which I am able to prepare your placenta for encapsulation:
Traditional Method - Placenta is drained of blood, steamed with myrrh and ginger in the water. Once steamed, the placenta is thinly sliced, dehydrated and ground for encapsulation.
Raw - Placenta is drained of blood, sliced thinly, then dehydrated, and ground for encapsulation.
I will pick up your placenta at an agreed upon time and have your pills completed within 24 hours. I will contact you once your pills are completed to arrange a time for drop off.
Please remember that I am also a birth doula. In the event that I am called to a birth there may be a delay in preparing your placenta. I will contact you if this is the case.
I will provide a written explanation of the proper storing and handling of the finished placenta capsules and guidelines for daily usage.
$270 - This includes placenta encapsulation, a tincture, and a cord keepsake.
I request a non-refundable deposit of $50 upon signing of this contract, with the balance of $220 is due when I return the pills to you.
Please let me know if there are other services you would like (ie. placenta print)
**There is an additional $30 fee if you choose to have me prepare the placenta in your home instead of my personal workspace**
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