So how does this work... do I just call you?
When you sign our contract I’ll give you a detailed client checklist to help you understand the complete process. Here is the basics: text me when you are in labor, put the placenta on ice ASAP after the birth, text me when you are ready for pickup, I come get the placenta, I process the placenta, I deliver the capsules back to you.
Will you pick up my placenta from the birth place?
Yes! I will come within 24 hours after your birth (often much sooner) to pick up your placenta and will return capsuels back to you no later than day 3 postpartum.
Will the hospital let me take home my placenta?
Most likely yes. All Fruit of Labor hospitals have their own placenta release policy and our clients have successfully taken home their placentas from all of them. There are no city, state or federal legal barriers. However, some hospitals may have more complicated policies and you may need to advocate for yourself in order to take home your placenta.
How do I store the placenta until you pick it up?
Your care provider will put the placenta into either a plastic container or a sealed bag. You will need to put this in a cooler with ice until we pick up the placenta from you. Please keep the placenta with you in the cooler, not in a hospital lab or refrigeration unit outside your room.
How many capsules will I get?
It depends on the size of your placenta and the way it is prepared. The average is around 170 capsules. The lowest yield of our clients thus far has been 64 (preemie baby) and the highest yield has been 304. The size of the placenta typically corresponds to the size of the baby. Our Simple method of encapsulation will give the most amount of capsules per gram of raw placenta. The Gentle method (TCM) gives the least amount of capsules per gram (about 24% less).
How do I know what method is right for me?
This answer varies per individual. Most clients choose the 50/50 blend becasue they get the best of both worlds and can experience the benefits of both. Some moms who have chose the 50/50 have reported the Simple Method was like having a cup of coffee - that perk of energy; where the Gentle Method was like a glass of wine - calm, relaxed, happy feelings. Moms who are prone to anxiety tend to do better with the Gentle Method.
I am having an induction/c-section, can I still encapsulate?
Do you offer in home placenta encapsulation?
Yes, but there is a $50 upcharge to be prepared in your home environment.
I'm banking or donating cord blood, can I still encapsulate?
Do you serve my city?
I provide encapsuation services in the Greater Kansas City Metro area. My base fee covers travel to all area metro hospitals except St. Luke's North. My travel radius is 30 miles from Lee's Summit (64063 zip code). I have a travel fee of $15 for anywhere beyond a 30 mile radius from Lee’s Summit, plus an additional $0.50 a mile - please message me travel quote if needed.
Do you offer discounts, trades or bartering?
I am very happy to offer a discount to our United States Military and First Responders (with verification) which is $20 off encapsulation. I have in the past bartered for services or products if they are something I need.
What if my baby is early or late?
We hold to the famous words of Gandalf the Grey “A baby is never late, nor is s/he early. S/he arrives precisely when s/he means to.” We provide 24/7/365 coverage so that no matter when your baby makes their big debut we will be ready!
Are there any reasons why I couldn't encapsulate my placenta?
Yes there are a few contraindications:
If your placenta is not refrigerated quickly after the birth and is allowed to sit out at room temperature.
If your placenta is taken to pathology to be tested or examined.
If you have a lab-confirmed case of chorioamnionitis.
If you have hepatitis or HIV/AIDS (the hospital will typically refuse to release your placenta).
If your placenta has been in the refrigerator for longer than 4 days.
Group B Strep – there has been a recent report by the CDC that a mother’s capsules tested positive for group B strep after preparation with the raw foods method. If you are GBS positive it is recommended that you prepare the placenta using the Gentle Method (also called TCM). Please wash your hands after handling your capsules.
Is there any chance of a mix up or cross contamination?
What is the shelf life of my capsules and how many do I take?
We recommend you consume them within the first few months. After six weeks they need to be stored in the freezer. There is no research on how long capsuels are good for, but other organ meat capsuels you can purchase have a shelf life of 3-5 years properly stored.
What forms of payment do you take?
My preferred method of payment is cash or check. I can do “personal” paypal at email@example.com. I also accept credit cards for a $5 processing fee. Some families choose to pay before the birth of baby, so it’s one less thing they have to worry about once baby arrives. Payment in full is expected at the time of me returning the capsules to you, unless other arrangements have been made. Any monies paid prior to baby’s birth will be fully refundable should you not be able to keep your placenta for medical reasons. Clients who have not completed a registration form prior to birth will be expected to pay in full at the time of me picking up the placenta.