Frequently Asked Questions:
How many pills will I receive? The average placenta yields 150-200 pills.
When will I receive my placenta pills? Placentas pills are usually back in your hands by day three postpartum if not sooner. The placenta must be dehydrated for 24 hours before it is encapsulated and this is the most time consuming part of the process. We strive to have your pills back to you as soon as safely possible.
What are reasons I would not be able to encapsulate my placenta? Placentas are unable to encapsulated and consumed if they are taken to pathology at the hospital for any reason, if the mother has an infection (chorioamnionitis) in labor, if the placenta is not stored properly after the birth or if the mother has HIV, Hepatitis A, B or C.
What if I give birth prematurely, have a C-section, epidural or am Group B Strep positive? You can still encapsulate your placenta! Make sure your birth providers know you are planning to keep your placenta so that in the event of unplanned c-section it is not accidently taken to pathology. Group B Strep (GBS) is a bacteria that is in about 30% of U.S women and is commonly treated with antibiotics in labor. The dehydrating process will kill any bacteria present on the placenta. In the rare event that any uterine infection is present we cannot encapsulate the placenta. For more information about Group B Strep and placenta encapsulation please see this article.
What training does Rachel have? Rachel was trained to encapsulate placentas at Birthwise Midwifery School in Bridgton Maine where she also received her midwifery education. She follows strict protocols regarding sanitizing her workspace and placenta equipment. All OSHA guidelines are followed.