The Process

Placenta Encapsulation Client Checklist

  1. 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.
  2. Sign up and pay the $50 deposit.
  3. Print out the Placenta Encapsulation Client Checklist and keep bring it with you to your birth location.
  4. 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.
  5. Print out the Placenta Processing Agreement. Sign and initial. All paperwork will be due, along with the payment balance, when we receive the placenta.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. At a hospital birth, the nurses will store the placenta in a plastic container and a biohazard bag marked with your name.
  11. 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.
  12. Place the bagged placenta in the hospital or birth center fridge within one – two hours after birth.
  13. If hospital will not store placenta in their fridge, you can place it in a closed cooler with ice and keep it cold.
  14. 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.
  15. If you cannot get the placenta to your Specialist within 48 hours, it should be put in the freezer.
  16. 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.