When do I need to call you to get my placenta? Within 6 hours after birth, preferably between the hours of 6AM-5PM. For optimum results encapsulation should begin 24-72 hours after birth.
How soon will I receive my placenta capsules? In 1-2 business days. It typically takes 12-15 hours to process a fresh placenta. I will pick up your placenta from your home/hospital/birthing center between 6AM-5PM and will return to my workspace to begin the encapsulation process. This way you can avoid the mess! I will deliver or overnight capsules back to you within 1-2 days after placenta pick up.
What is your service area? I serve all of Orange County for the same flat rate of $200. I also encapsulate for clients in Los Angeles, Inland Empire and San Diego. See below:
What if I live outside your service area? Can you still encapsulate my placenta? Most likely. I am able to pick up the placenta in LA, IE and SD time allowing, for a flat rate of $280.
What if a pickup within 48 hours isn't possible? Store your placenta in the freezer in a double bagged 1 gallon ziplock baggie. Once the placenta is frozen the encapsulation process will take 4 days. A frozen placenta needs to de-thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours before encapsulation. Don't worry if you need to freeze your placenta, it is still perfectly good for encapsulation for up to six months in the freezer. You will still receive all the postpartum benefits.
What is proper care and handling for my placenta? Within the first hour after birth the placenta should be placed in a food grade container (a double bagged 1 gallon zip lock baggie also works) and refrigerated or placed on ice until I pick it up. I recommend bringing a medium sized hard or styrofoam cooler to the hospital for storage. If you forget a cooler, see about having a partner or friend run it home to be refrigerated within the hour. Do not ask the hospital to store your placenta for you (unless hospital policy requires). This is the most common way the placenta gets ruined or thrown away.
Will the hospital release my placenta to me? Most hospitals in Orange County will approve releasing your placenta. I am familiar with all hospital policies in our area regarding placenta release.
Mentioning your plans to take your placenta home to your doctor or midwife in advance is a good idea. You do not need to disclose why you would like to keep it, but that you do not want it treated with any chemicals. When discussing your plans be cooperative in letting them know that you have already made arrangements to safely store your placenta for take home.
Some hospitals require you to sign a release of liability form others do not. Most hospitals will have their own version of a form called the Consent to Release Products of Childbirth (or something similar); the placenta applies under those guidelines. I can also provide you with a Legal Liability Waiver which releases the hospital of any liability should they give the placenta to you.
If you are concerned or have additional questions about this topic please contact me and we can discuss further.
I've heard that sometimes the hospital will want to take my placenta to pathology for examination before releasing, is this true? It's not common but it is possible. Often times chemicals are used that will spoil the placenta. Ask for a piece of the placenta to be used rather than the whole thing, do a visual examination bedside, or ask for them to do a blood test instead of sending it to pathology. If the entire placenta goes to pathology, ask if it can be kept refrigerated and no chemicals such as formaldehyde be used. If these chemicals are used, I will be unable to encapsulate it.
What method do you use? My encapsulation method is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This preparation promotes lactation, relieves fatigue, has been validated by scientific research, is a natural iron supplementation, helps stop/lessen postnatal bleeding, improves mood by balancing postpartum hormone fluctuations, helps uterus contract back to normal size, and is also useful during menopause. The process is: First the placenta is steamed, and then dehydrated, ground into a powder then encapsulated using kosher capsules.
How are you ensuring my safety? And what about sanitation? I adhere to all the local health department requirements for safe food handling preparation and have a Safe Food Handler's card from the Californian State Health Department. I comply with the OSHA, FDA and EPA guidelines for blood borne pathogen transmission, sanitation, sterilization and infection prevention. Supplies that are not disposable are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized with bleach solutions for decontamination. Safety and cleanliness is of utmost importance to protect all parties involved.
How do you ensure that I don’t receive someone else’s placenta? I only encapsulate one placenta at a time so this would never happen.
Dosing: How many do I take per day? Depending on the size of the placenta most will yield between 65-100+ capsules Days 1-5: 2 capsules 3x per day Days 6-10+: 2 capsules, 2x per day Days 10+: 2 capsules 1x per day OR as needed I provide dosing instructions with the completion of your capsules
Do you offer flavored capsules? Yes, I offer grape flavored kosher gel capsules for an additional $10 upon request. Please give advance notice if you are interested in this option to ensure they are in stock.
How do I care for my placenta capsules? Placenta Capsules will last indefinitely with proper care and handling. Always keep capsules dry. Seal tightly in an airtight, dark jar for optimum freshness and potency (I provide). The capsules should be kept in a cool, dark place - preferably the refrigerator. When you are done with the capsules for postpartum recovery, they can be frozen for future use, such as when entering menopause or when going through other stressful transitions such as going back to work and weaning.
What if I am preterm/induced/have a medicated birth/have a cesarean section/have multiples? Can I still encapsulate my placenta? Yes! Encapsulation is still possible if you deliver early, are induced, have an epidural, narcotics, pitocin, have multiples or if you have a cesarean section.
What if I test positive for Group B Strep? In general, testing positive for Group B Strep is not a contraindication for placenta encapsulation when prepared using the Tradition Chinese Medicine method. This method involves steaming the placenta to 160°F for at least 30 minutes; then dehydrating it for an additional 10-12 hours at 160°F.
If GBS is present at the time of birth, any potential bacteria on the placenta is killed during the steaming and dehydration process as it cannot survive temperatures higher than 131°F. Placenta OC only uses the TCM method for placenta preparation and has encapsulated for roughly 250 women who have had a typical GBS case without incident.
In a special circumstance, if the mother develops a uterine infection (chorioamnionitis) as a result of the GBS or another bacteria, her OBGYN/Midwife will be aware of the condition and should not release the placenta for ingestion purposes. Please note: RAW chunks for smoothies are not recommended for women who have tested GBS+.
Can encapsulation be done at my home instead of yours? I am available for home visits where I bring my equipment to your kitchen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. This will involve two visits lasting about 1.5-2 hours each. I will need access to your kitchen sink and toilet for blood disposal.
Are there any reasons I shouldn't take the capsules? It is not to be used in heat conditions or for people with the presence of pathogenic factors, including common cold and mastitis.
Do I have to make my decision to encapsulate before I deliver? No you don't. If you are unsure if encapsulation is right for you I still recommend that you keep your placenta just in case you change your mind. You can freeze your placenta for up to 6 months and still receive the postpartum benefits!
Do you offer discounts? Yes, I do! Please inquire within about current promotions that may be running.
Everything sounds great! How do I get started? For a quick reply, submit an inquiry through the Contact page. Check spam mailbox if you do not receive a response within 24 hours. You can also call or text: 949-373-6631
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What Clients Are Saying
"My experience with Placenta OC and working with Jill has been an absolute joy. Jill was recommended by my OBGYN and a few mommy friends in my community. I looked into several placenta encapsulation businesses in the area and ultimately chose to go with Jill, not just based on the referrals but because of her promptness to respond to my inquiry and her thoroughness to detail in explaining her process. I am so glad I chose to encapsulate and glad I went with Jill. I've been taking the capsules religiously since giving birth over a month ago. I have a surprising amount of energy despite caring for a newborn and toddler. And emotionally I feel quite balanced. I highly recommend Placenta OC and the encapsulation experience" -5 Star Yelp Review by Chrystalin E. 4/2016