Placenta FAQ

 

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How do I get my placenta from the hospital?


Let your care providers (especially your nurses) know ahead of time that you want to bring your placenta home with you. You do not need to share with the staff what you plan to do with the placenta, just that you'd like to have it after your baby is born. Most hospitals will have you sign a waiver, and don't really mind. Your partner or doula should keep an eye on your placenta after the birth to make sure it doesn't get accidentally thrown away. From there, I can pick up the placenta within 48 hours for a $25 fee, or your partner can deliver it to me.


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How do I store my placenta to keep it from spoiling?


Bring a small cooler and about 5 gallon-size zip lock bags to the hospital with you. Double bag the placenta and put it in the cooler. Fill a couple of bags with ice and put them in the cooler. The placenta needs to stay cool. If it will be longer than 48 hours until I receive the placenta, double bag it in your zip lock bags and freeze it.


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How should I take the capsules?


I am not a medical doctor and therefore, don't prescribe dosages. However, I will give you a sheet explaining possible uses of your placenta capsules. These suggestions are based on the experience of many midwives and new mothers who have used their placentas with success.


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How do I store my capsules and tincture?


Keep the capsules refrigerated. For storage longer than 3 months, freeze them. You can take out your weekly pills and keep the others frozen. Placenta capsules will stay fresh in the freezer for at least 1 year.


NOTE: This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The services I offer are not clinical or pharmaceutical, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any condition or disease. Families who choose to use these services take full responsibility for their alternative care choices, and do so at their own risk.