What method of encapsulation do you use?
I can prepare your placenta using either the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) method, in which the placenta is steamed (note: I do not use anything else in the steaming process, just water, unless specifically requested. Lemon, pepper and ginger are often used in the TCM method) before dehydrating, or the Raw Dehydration method, in which the placenta is dehydrated without first being steamed. There are some circumstances where the TCM method will be recommended, as it is more effective at removing any potentially harmful bacteria. The TCM method will also mean that your capsules can be stored for a longer period of time.
What are your safety measures?
All of my equipment and work surfaces are thoroughly sanitized before and after use. During the encapsulation process, I wear gloves, a facemask and an apron at all times. The equipment I use is disposable where possible, or made from stainless steel, glass, or food-grade materials. I only encapsulate one placenta at a time, and all containers are clearly marked at all times. I have a separate fridge to store your placenta.
Do you collect and deliver?
I sure do! Collection of your placenta and delivery of your finished capsules is part of my fee. However, a $50 discount applies if you are able to arrange either delivery of the placenta or collection of the capsules. My services areas are within 50km of Gatton, which includes Toowoomba and Ipswich. For travel over 50km, a $50 travel fee applies (each trip). If over 50km, I can also arrange a courier to deliver your completed capsules at your expense.
When should I contact you?
It is advised that you book your placenta encapsulation during your pregnancy to ensure I am able to fit you in. If you have booked your placenta encapsulation, please contact me when you are in labour, and again when your baby has arrived. If labour and birth occur between the hours of 9pm-6am, please wait until 6am or later to notify me and I will arrange collection that day. Remember to store my phone number in your phone, so that it’s easily accessible when your baby arrives. My phone number is 0423 004 946.
What do I do with my placenta when I’ve had my baby?
When your baby has arrived, your placenta will need to be refrigerated within 3 hours or less. Hospitals (and homebirth midwives) often have appropriate containers for placentas to be stored in, and will put a sticker with your details on both the lid, and the container itself. You may wish to have your own container available, but this is not usually necessary. If staff is unfamiliar with the requirements, please ask them to put your placenta into a sealed container with your ID stickers and place into the refrigerator until collected. If you birth in hospital, and are discharged before I have collected your placenta, please take it home with you (in a cooler bag or esky with ice/ice bricks) and I will arrange collection from your home.
When will I receive my capsules?
I will collect your placenta and begin the encapsulation process within 24 hours of birth. Delivery of the completed capsules is day 3-5.
How many capsules will I receive?
If you have chosen the TCM method of encapsulation, you can expect to receive 75-100 capsules (size 00). If you have chosen the raw encapsulation method, you can expect to receive 130-150 capsules.
What is the dosage?
You will receive dosage instructions with your completed capsules. For TCM prepared capsules, the usual recommended dosage is up to 2 capsules, 3 times a day for the first 2 weeks, then 1-2 capsules per day as needed. For capsules prepared using the Raw method, the usual recommended dose is 3-6 capsules a day until finished.
Do you offer cord keepsakes and prints?
Cord keepsakes (your baby’s umbilical cord, dried into a word or shape), placenta prints and photographs are all available as optional extras (at no extra cost).
Can I encapsulate my placenta if I’ve had a cesarean and/or pain relief?
Yes, absolutely, as long as it has been handled and stored appropriately.
When would placenta encapsulation not be appropriate?
There are times (though few) when placenta encapsulation may not be possible, or can be encapsulated using TCM method only. These will be discussed on a case by case basis, and are also listed in my booking form.
Placentas that have been taken to pathology for testing will be unsuitable for the encapsulation process due to the risk of contamination. If staff want to take your placenta for testing, please request that they cut a small piece for testing only, so that if tests are clear you are able to encapsulate the remainder of your placenta.