Frequently Asked Questions
What is the process?
Once you have booked and paid for your services, I will deliver a transportation kit to you. The kit is a cooler containing bags marked for ice, bags for the placenta (if needed), a placenta label and packing instructions. You will put this in your hospital luggage right away. Give me a text or call when labor begins and again when you are heading to the hospital so that I am on placenta alert! You will sign a placenta release when you are admitted into the hospital. Even though you sign a release, you should remind the staff of your wishes to keep your placenta. The nurses are good about helping to pack up the placenta and get ice for you. Your doula can help as well ! Give me a call or text when the placenta is ready for pick up and I'll head right over. I will process your placenta in my dedicated work space and return the capsules to you as soon as possible. I strive to make the process as simple as possible so that you can focus on snuggles with your little one.
Are you certified?
Yes! I am certified through APPA (Association of Placenta Preparation Arts). I began the process in 2015 and have serviced over 100 clients.
Do you pick up the placenta?
Yes. My price includes picking up your placenta within my service area, preparation time and delivery of your capsules within this service area. Special arrangements can be made for clients outside of my area.
How do I store the placenta until you arrive?
The hospital will provide a container for the placenta that will be placed inside the cooler. If you are having a home birth, you should store your placenta by double bagging it in gallon sized Ziploc bags. The placenta should be placed on ice within two hours after it is delivered. You should check the ice periodically to make sure it is fresh and not melted.
How long will the encapsulation process take?
Your capsules will be delivered to you 48 to 72 hours after pick-up and often sooner than that!
How many capsules will I receive?
The amount of capsules produced depends on the size of the placenta. You can expect between 100-150 pills.
Do you work with a company?
Yes, I work with Doulas of the Palm Beaches whose offices are located in Jupiter. The owners, Jeni and Tina, have been attending births in the area for the past 12 years. They provide emotional support, comfort measures and resources for families before, during and after birth. I highly suggest you look into having doula support during your birth!
What is the recommended dosage?
Every woman and placenta is different. It is important to listen to your body to determine what your perfect dosage is. Some women may prefer more capsules per day, while others prefer less. Suggested dosage is 1-2 capsules, up to 3 times a day with meals for the first 1-2 weeks. After 2 weeks you can start to decrease the dosage down to 1 or 2 pills a day as needed. Some women save the remainder in the back of the freezer for PMS, stressful days, or even menopause. Mothers may wish to take more if they had a cesarean birth, a hemorrhage, and/or are worried about mood or milk supply. Other mothers who are feeling great may take less from the start.
Is there any time time when I can not encapsulate my placenta?
Yes. I can not process your placenta if it has been sent to pathology, you or your baby had an infection at birth, or if the placenta has not been kept at a proper temperature. It is OK to encapsulate when meconium is present or if mom is GBS+. If you are unable to encapsulate, you will receive a refund minus a $100 processing fee.
What if I tested positive for Group B Strep (GBS)?
Being Group B Strep Positive (GBS+) does not mean you have an active infection, it simply means you have a colonization. Group B Strep alone is not a contraindication for encapsulation and testing in pregnancy does not necessarily determine actual status at time of delivery.
It is also important to note that Jupiter Placenta only offers Traditional Method preparation, which is both steamed & dehydrated at food safe temperatures for recommended lengths of time. Research from Dr. Sophia Johnson with Jena University, verifies that this kills bacteria, such as GBS. Her research concluded: "The preparation of placental tissue has a clear effect on the microbial contamination: dehydration causes a drastic germ reduction, steaming followed by dehydration causes an even greater reduction of microbial species. Regarding to foodstuff regulations of the European Union, no “unsafe” organisms were detected in our samples."
GBS is sensitive to moist heat at 55 ºC for 30 minutes, so steaming goes above and beyond that point.
Group B Strep and Placenta Encapsulation Safety - June 2017
Which hospitals are included in your service area?
I pick up from all hospitals and birthing centers in North Palm Beach County and Southern Martin County.
They include but are not limited to:
Jupiter Medical Center
1210 S. Old Dixie Hwy.
Jupiter, FL 33458
St. Mary's Medical Center
901 45th Street
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Good Samaritan Medical Center
1309 N. Flagler Drive
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Tradition Medical Center
10000 SW Innovation Way
Port St. Lucie, FL 34987
13001 Southern Blvd
Loxahatchee, Fl 33470
Wellington Regional Medical Center
10101 Forest Hill Blvd
Wellington, FL 33414