Placenta Encapsulation Client Checklist
- Decide which Services or Package you want. Determine whether PlacentaWise will pick up/drop off placenta and capsules, or if someone will bring the placenta to your Encapsulation Specialist.
- Sign up and pay the $50 deposit.
- Print out the Placenta Encapsulation Client Checklist and keep bring it with you to your birth location.
- Print out the Placenta Information Release Form. Bring it to your next prenatal visit and have your care provider fill out and sign the required information. Sign and date.
- Print out the Placenta Processing Agreement. Sign and initial. All paperwork will be due, along with the payment balance, when we receive the placenta.
- If you are having a home birth or birth center birth, include two gallon-size Ziploc bags with your name and phone number written on one, in the bag or suitcase you bring to your birth location.
- If you are planning a hospital birth, bring a small cooler with you to the birth location to keep your placenta on ice until pick-up.
- Specify in your birth plan that you will be keeping your placenta. You will have to sign a release form if you are birthing in hospital.
- Text us to notify us when you are in labor. Text again when baby is born. We will contact you for pickup arrangements between the hours of 9 AM and 9 PM. Our Salt Lake City Encapsulator is Ashlie Hashimoto 801-792-2649 Our Utah County Encapsulator is Laurel Asay Lowe 801-367-9143
- At a hospital birth, the nurses will store the placenta in a plastic container and a biohazard bag marked with your name.
- At a home or birth center birth, have the midwife double bag the placenta in two gallon-size ziploc freezer bags. Write your name and phone number on the outer bag.
- Place the bagged placenta in the hospital or birth center fridge within one – two hours after birth.
- If hospital will not store placenta in their fridge, you can place it in a closed cooler with ice and keep it cold.
- The refrigerated placenta should be dropped off at your Encapsulation Specialist’s house within 24 – 48 hours of the birth, between the hours of 9 AM and 9 PM. Transport the placenta in a cooler with ice.
- If you cannot get the placenta to your Specialist within 48 hours, it should be put in the freezer.
- We will contact you when the capsules are finished, and you can pick them up at your convenience.
Checklist of items to bring to birth location:
- Payment balance: cash or check. Cards are accepted, but there is a $7 card fee.
- Signed and initialed Placenta and Health Release form, and Placenta Encapsulation Agreement.
- Placenta Encapsulation Checklist for reference.
- Small cooler to keep placenta on ice.
- For birth center or home births: two gallon-sized Ziploc bags with your name and phone number.
- Birth plan specifying that you are keeping placenta.
The encapsulation process includes:
- Thorough sanitization of work space and all equipment. Strict OSHA standards are observed. Here is a description of the Sanitation Protocol we follow: Placenta Preparation Sanitation Protocol
- Carefully rinsing and cleaning the placenta of extra blood, clots, or any debris.
- Trimming the cord, which is dehydrated in a heart shape as a birth keepsake.
- If client desires, steaming the cleaned placenta.
- Slicing the placenta thinly.
- Heating the placenta strips to 160 degrees to kill any bacteria that may be present.
- Complete dehydration in a dehydrator that is reserved specifically for placentas.
- Grinding the dehydrated strips into a fine powder.
- Filling capsules with powder, placing in containers and printing dosing instructions.
- Sanitization of all equipment and work space.