I’d like to book with Placenta Care, what are the next steps?

Step 1.

Complete the booking form on our website, and we'll be in touch to confirm if you are suitable for encapsulation. Also, notify your midwife of your choice to keep your placenta and include this in your birth plan. It is essential the hospital teams are aware of your decision once you are in labour to avoid the placenta being disposed of.

Step 2.

Once we receive your non-refundable booking deposit, we will ship/hand deliver your chiller kit with ice packs for you. Keep your cool bag with your hospital bag and remove the ice packs from the freezer just before you set off. At this stage, you or your birth partner need to notify us that you are in labour.

Step 3.

After delivery of the placenta, the midwife will place it in the bag provided (or place it inside a clinical waste bag). This must then be stored inside the container with provided ice packs covering all sides WITHIN 30 MINUTES OF DELIVERY. Please contact us again, by text, day or night so we can collect.

There may be an additional postage charge to return your remedies back to you.

What do I need to do to keep my placenta chilled until the encapsulation?

Your placenta will need to be chilled to ensure it remains safe to consume after birth. Your placenta must be stored at 8°C or below within 30 minutes of delivery. Some hospitals may not allow you to store your placenta in their fridges; therefore Placenta Care provides you with a chiller kit and large quantity of premium ice packs (this is included in the cost of encapsulation), so you have somewhere to store your placenta safely. Some hospitals may allow you to keep the ice packs in the hospital freezer during labour. Talk to your midwife about your options at your local hospital.

Am I suitable for encapsulation?

There are a few conditions that would make it not possible for us to encapsulate your placenta, and some that would mean we can only offer you certain products. We cannot offer encapsulation to smokers as it is not safe for consumption. We cannot encapsulate if there has been a uterine infection or if the Placenta has not been stored correctly

When should I contact Placenta Care to collect?

Contact us as soon as established labour begins, by text, day or night. Then text us again once the placenta has been delivered. We will make arrangements with you or your birth partner to collect from the hospital or home.

When will my remedies be ready?

We aim to deliver your placenta remedies back to you within 48-72 hours, either by Courier, Special Delivery Royal Mail or in person.

What if an infection is present during labour?

If Group Strep B is present, then the placenta can still be encapsulated, but it is automatically prepared with the steamed method.

If the placenta needs to be swabbed for further tests, then it is vital that the whole placenta is not sent to pathology as it cannot be guaranteed it will be stored correctly. A small piece of the placenta can be removed by the midwife and sent while we await the test results — the placenta can be stored in the freezer during this period.

If the placenta tests positive for a placental or uterine infection (e.g., chorioamnionitis) then, unfortunately, encapsulation is not recommended.

Is it safe to consume my placenta?

Your placenta acts as heart, lungs and kidneys for your developing baby, so very much a transfer station for baby’s waste products to be dealt with by your organs, rather than it absorbing and retaining anything nasty. As long as you are a non-cigarette smoker (cigarettes contain high levels of cadmium), your placenta will be perfectly safe to consume.

How supportive are midwives and consultants?

The number of new mothers choosing to consume their placenta has been growing steadily over the last decade in the UK and for even longer in the USA. Now with more celebrities choosing to share their experience, numbers have risen sharply more recently. Midwives in particular have exposure to a growing number of new mothers reporting how well they’re doing after consuming their placenta, so acceptance and support for a mother’s wishes in this respect continues to grow amongst midwifery teams.

I am vegan/vegetarian – can I still consume my baby’s placenta?

Although the placenta is technically meat, it has come from the mother herself and nothing has been farmed, been mistreated or has died in order to produce it. Many vegetarian mothers say they crave meat during pregnancy and the idea of consuming their own placenta is very appealing. The capsules used are vegetarian, containing no gelatin, so it’s entirely suitable for vegetarian and vegan mothers to consume their own placentas in capsule form.

Which capsules should I choose? What is the difference between Steamed and Simple capsules?

The placenta is either steamed before dehydrating (Steamed preparation) or it is dehydrated from raw (Simple preparation). The Steamed preparation is loosely based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles using organic ingredients, lemon (grounding), ginger (circulation) and chilli (warming) in the steaming water.

Feedback from mothers is directly comparable for both preparations, so whichever you choose, you end up with very potent capsules. Steamed are reported to be more calming and Simple are reported to be more energising.

On a practical level, the Simple preparation tends to yield 10-15% more capsules than Steamed and the majority of clients opt for Simple.

What is the difference between Essence and Tincture?

Placenta Essence has been described as a great all-round remedy, for perking up or calming down and to be reached for when feeling under the weather emotionally or physically. Suitable for mum 24 hours after it has been created, and suitable for baby from six weeks.

Placenta Tincture’s real strength has been reported in re-balancing hormones which can become distressed during PMS or menopause. Also it is reported as an energising remedy. Tincture can also be used as a base for homeopathic remedies. It can also be used matrimonially - if you have a girl a tincture can be used when her menstrual cycles begin.

How many capsules will I get and how do I take them?

Placentas can vary enormously in size and weight, just like babies! On average, a full-term placenta will yield around 130 steamed preparation capsules and 150 simple (from raw) preparation capsules.

Taking capsules with food or a drink rich in Vitamin C (eg. orange juice) is recommended to aid absorption.

We usually recommend taking 1-2 capsules 3 times a day initially to see how you get on, taking more or less as you see fit. Each new mother and their placenta is unique, so it’s finding a balance that works for you.

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