As your Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, it is unlikely I will be present at the time your birth your baby. It is extremely important that you are clear on all placenta handling details, so I obtain your placenta in optimum condition.
The hospital where you are birthing, or even your caregiver, may not be familiar with placenta handling for human consumption. The Following is a list to keep Handy so that you can ensure correct handling of your placenta before I become its guardian.
Please inform your caregiver of your intention to use your placenta postpartum.
Please take two extra large freezer or zip-lock bags with your name, phone number, your birth date, baby’s birth date labelled on the outside in a waterproof marker. Some hospitals provide packaging, and some don’t, best to be prepared!
Please ensure your caregiver places your placenta into this bag as soon as possible after the birth. This prevents the placenta being lost, contaminated or forgotten. If they are able, they should put the sealed placenta bag right into a refrigerator or sit it in a bowl of ice.
Under no circumstances can the placenta be contaminated with any chemical, either sanitising or preserving. The placenta can stay unrefrigerated for a maximum of 4 hours.
The placenta should sit in a sealed container in a refrigerator for no more than 7 days.
The placenta should sit in a stand alone or deep freeze for no more than 6 months post birth if it is desired for human consumption, tinctures being the exception.
If frozen, please ensure your placenta is double bagged to prevent freezer burn.
If the placenta has been frozen, thaw the placenta over the course of a few days in the front, bottom shelf of a refrigerator.
If possible, it is ideal for your specialist to be able to encapsulate the fresh placenta within 72 hours after birth. For the RAW method of encapsulation, the placenta must be treated within 48 hours post birth.
In the instance of a caesarean birth, please ensure the placenta is properly handled, bagged and put into a sealed and labelled container in theatre as soon as possible.
The placenta MUST be chilled until release from the hospital.
Make sure the midwives/theatre nurses are aware that the placenta is being used for consumption and must NOT come into contact with any chemicals.
Sometimes the hospital staff want to keep the placenta to send off to the pathology lab, If there has been serious complications, or you have an infection, you may wish to concede, or you could allow a small section to be cut off for testing, but it is your choice. If you are writing a birth plan then you may wish to put this in the fourth stage of birth so the midwives know of your intentions. If you are practicing some form of delayed cord cutting or lotus birth, ice packs may be wrapped up with the placenta to prevent spoilage, or you may wish to use the salting method, contact me for further information.