Placenta FAQ

1. What do I need to tell my doctor/hospital?

Do let them know that you would like your placenta released to you upon delivery.  They may require a release of liability form be signed.  You do not need to    tell them that it will be consumed unless they mention taking it to pathology.

2. How do I get my placenta to you?

I provide pickup and delivery within 75 miles of Denton, TX.  I will go an additional 75 miles for an additional gas surcharge.

3. How should the placenta be cared for and stored after birth?

Once the cord is cut after birth the placenta should be stored in a freezer-safe airtight container. TWO 1-gallon double-walled zip-lock freezer bags are often used.

Homebirth – You should immediately place the placenta in the refrigerator.

Birthing Center – You should place the placenta on ice in a small lunchbox size cooler and once home place the placenta in the refrigerator.

Hospital – You should place the placenta on ice in a small lunchbox size cooler and have your designated “placenta person” immediately remove the placenta from the hospital placing it in your vehicle to be taken home as soon as possible and placed in the refrigerator.

 

4. What is the optimal timeline for placenta care and preparation?

Birth – 4 hours
Placenta can be prepared fresh and will retain the most benefits at this point.

At this point you can eat the placenta raw, placenta herbal tincture, utilize the Traditional Chinese Medicine placenta preparation and encapsulation.

4 hours – 48 hours
Placenta must be refrigerated at 4 hours postpartum, and the placenta can still be prepared fresh.

At this point you can eat the placenta raw, placenta herbal tincture, utilize the Traditional Chinese Medicine placenta preparation and encapsulation.

48 hours – 2 weeks
Placenta must be frozen at this point. It takes 24 – 36 hrs for the placenta to thaw in the refrigerator prior to preparation.

At this point you can make placenta herbal tincture, the resulting solutions may be less effective by using a frozen placenta and will continue to lose effectiveness the longer the placenta being used has been frozen; utilize the Traditional Chinese Medicine placenta preparation and encapsulation, still retaining many of the benefits.

2 weeks – 4 weeks
Placenta can be encapsulated, the longer the placenta is frozen the less effective it may become.

1 month – 6 months
Placenta can still be encapsulated. However, the longer the placenta is frozen the less benefit it has to the mother, and the more at risk the placenta is to freezer burn.

Beyond 6 months
While the frozen placenta is not considered to be very beneficial to the mother at this point, it is still at the mother’s discretion to have her placenta prepared and/or encapsulated or not.

 

5. What is Lotus Birth? Can I have my placenta prepared and do a Lotus Birth?

A lotus birth is when the placenta is left attached to the baby until it detaches on its own. This can take several days and it is common to salt and/or add herbs to help the placenta dry out. This process renders the placenta unsuitable for consumption.

There are two modified versions of a lotus birth that could be utilized while still enabling the placenta to be used for preparation and/or encapsulation.

1) The placenta can stay connected to the baby for up to 4 hours off ice, or up to 12 hours (total) if put immediately on ice in a lunchbox size cooler. The placenta would still be fit for consumption after this amount of time. Do not exceed 4 hours before separating the placenta and refrigerating it if you do not put the placenta immediately on ice; and do not exceed 12 hours before separating the placenta and refrigerating it if you do put the placenta on ice.

2) Another option at 4 hours postpartum, or 12 hours postpartum if placenta was put immediately on ice, is to cut the portion of the placenta that you want to have prepared, and place it into the refrigerator. The remainder of the placenta can stay attached, along with the cord, to baby until it falls off naturally. The salting and drying process may also be done at this point to the portion of the placenta that remained attached to baby. Understand you are receiving a partial version of both a lotus birth and placenta preparation.. This will result in less solution and/or fewer capsules, no cord keepsake, and a portion of the placenta will be removed, so a partial lotus birth.

A full lotus birth is not compatible with placenta preparation not only because of the salting and herbs that are added to the placenta, but also because the placenta will begin to spoil after a period of time, even if kept cool or on ice. For safe food consumption the placenta can only remain on ice for up to 12 hours postpartum, after this point it must be refrigerated or frozen to retain its freshness for safe consumption. It is, also, most optimal that the placenta is begun being prepared within the first 24 hours to 48 hours after the birth. This is because the hormones within the placenta will begin to breakdown. While iron and some of the other nutrients take longer to breakdown, the placenta will not be as effective after 48 hours – 72 hours after birth.

These modified lotus birth options offer a lotus-style birth, providing that gentle beginning, while also retaining the full benefits from the placenta for preparation.

 

 

If you have questions regarding the care and use of your placenta in an herbal tincture, RAW based method, Traditional Chinese Medicine preparation and/or capsules, please, submit them to us at info@dallasplacentaencapsulation.com.

 

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