Frequently asked Questions
What do I do with the placenta at the hospital?
I suggest asking for any placenta release forms your hospital may have, and filling them out ahead of time.
Let your doctor know you plan to take your placenta home. BRING A SMALL COOLER WITH YOU TO THE HOSPITAL. The nurses will place your placenta in a sterile container or bag, then you can place your placenta in the cooler. The hospital has ice and is usually willing to give you some. You may want to bring your own frozen ice packs to begin with as they are less messy.
Do you pick up the placenta and deliver the finished product?
Yes, that is included in the total price of encapsulation, within 20 miles from downtown San Diego. A dollar a mile is charged for every extra mile. I will pick up the placenta from you, process it, and deliver it. You also have the option of dropping off the placenta and picking it back up. I can also process the placenta in your home. Please send an email with your preferences. The placenta tincture takes 8 weeks to prepare. If you add on the placenta tincture, when it is ready, you must come to one of my 2 office locations to pick it up. We have an office in Mira Mesa, and an office in Mission Valley.
Is there a deposit?
Yes, there is a $25 deposit (non-refundable) to hold your place on our Placenta Calendar. Only one placenta can be processed at a time, for safety and sanitation. Once you have placed your depoist, please email us with the following information. Name, Hospital, Due Date, Processing Method, and any additional Placenta products youd like.
When is the placenta prepared?
Ideally, the placenta preparation takes place as soon as possible after delivery, within the first 72 hours, allowing you and baby to benefit from the most potency the placenta has to offer. The first two weeks are the most important and effective time to be taking the placenta; therefore, the sooner the better.
Where is the placenta prepared?
Preferably the placenta is prepared in my home. I am a Certified Herbalist that is extensively trained in handling placenta and adhere to the strictest standards of safety as set forth by OSHA and the EPA, and conforming to local health department guidelines for food preparation and safety protocols. The preparation process is always done in a sterile environment, using sterile equipment, with love and patience, giving you the greatest quality and care you can ask for. Upon request, I can prepare the placenta at your home and will bring all the equipment needed for the process. The first visit will take about 2-3 hours, the placenta is prepared for drying, and it is then left in the dehydrator for 12-15 hours. I return the following day to begin the encapsulation process which takes approximately 2 hours.
What is the recommended dosage?
The common dosage is 1-2capsules, up to 3 times a day for the first 2 weeks. After 2 weeks you can start to decrease the dosage down to 1-3 pills a day as needed. Some women save the remainder in the back of the freezer for PMS or even menopause. If you really want to prolong the placenta medicine, we reccomend adding on a tincure( liquid extract). The placenta tincures last forever if stored properly.
Is there any time I should NOT take the pills?
Placenta pills should not be taken if the body is fighting off a common cold, flu, or infection. If you should get a breast infection (mastitis), the pills should not be taken until infection is cleared. If symptoms such as chills, fever, sneezing, aches, flushed cheeks, hot palms and feet, or night sweats should occur, stop taking the capsules until the body has fought this off.
What if I have an epidural or a C-section?
It is still safe and beneficial, even if an epidural was administered, or C-section was performed. The placenta acts as a filter, filtering out toxins and sending them back to the mother’s liver to be detoxed from the system. Mothers who have had epidurals or C-sections benefit from the placenta pills just as well as natural birth mothers.
What are the recommended dosages and indications for Placenta Tincture?
Suggested dosage of 7-10 drops of tincture can be put in a glass of water for the mother to drink during times of transition after placenta pills are gone. Some women have reported using the placenta tincture to successfully treat the symptoms of postpartum depression, PMS, and menopause. You can take up to 40 drops, twice a day. Follow the cues of your body. Suggested dosage of 3-5 drops can be given in water to the child when they are sick, getting sick, or in a time of physical or emotional transition such as teething, weaning, separation anxiety, etc. it can be given to a sibling as well, but ideally each child would have their own placenta tincture. You can use the tincture directly, or use it as a base for other remedies.
How do I store the Placenta Tincture?
Placenta Tincture should rest for at least six weeks from the baby’s birth day. At that time, you can strain out the placenta pieces and discard them in your chosen manner (such as burial) or you can choose to leave the placenta solids in the tincture. Keep the Placenta Tincture stored in a cool, dry place and it should keep indefinitely.
*The information on this page has not been evaluated by the FDA due to the nature of this service. New York Placenta Services makes no medical treatment claims. Services provided are not clinical, pharmaceutical, or intended to diagnose or treat any condition. Families who choose to utilize the services on this page take full responsibility for their own health and product usage.