Frequently Asked Questions

answers to some of the most commonly asked questions

I am always available for further assistance

How does this process work?

When you are ready to sign up, you can do so anytime by clicking “Sign Up” in the menu bar at the top of my website. Once I have received your completed form and deposit payment, you are officially all set to go! From there I will send you an email with all the instructions you’ll need from notifying your care provider, to the best way to contact me when baby arrives! Signing up ensures my availaiblity for you and it is always best to secure your spot as soon as you have decided to encapsulate.

Do you pick up the placenta?

Yes! I ask for a quick heads up when you are in early labor and then a simple text notification once baby has arrived! I will then arrange a time to come pick up your placenta directly from the place of birth, as soon as I am able to. Once your chosen placenta package has been completed, I will deliver your package to your home!

Do I need to get anything?

No! I provide everything required for safe handling and storage, as long as you sign up within 3 weeks of your estimated due date. Included in your placenta transportation kit is a properly labeled food safe bag for your placenta, along with an additional bag for added security against leaks. Two more bags are provided for ice, to prevent water leaks through the cooler. Lastly, is a insulated, soft sided cooler to safely store it all in!

Where is your private workspace?

My private workspace is a dedicated area within my private, smoke free, pet free, scent free home that is solely used for placenta preparation, therefore I do not use my family kitchen. Furthermore, I only work on one placenta at a time and have a protocol set in place with options for my clients to choose from, should more than one client birth within a 24-48 hour period. This is the main reason why I limit the amount of clients I can take each month.

what areas do you service?

My service areas include (but are not limited to): Seattle, Tacoma, Auburn, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Bonney Lake, Bothell, Bremerton, Buckley, Burien, Carnation, Covington, Duvall, Eastside, Enumclaw, Fall City, Federal Way, Fife, Graham, Gig Harbor, Hobart, Issaquah, Kent, King County, Kirkland, Lakeland Hills, Lake Tapps, Lakewood, Maple Valley, Mercer Island, Mill Creek, North Bend, Orting, Pierce County, Preston, Puget Sound, Puyallup, Ravensdale, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, Shoreline, Snoqualmie, South Hill, Spanaway, Steilacoom, Sumner, and Tukwila.

The birth locations I serve (but not limited to): Center for Birth, Eastside Birth Center, Evergreen Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Highline Medical Center, Home Birth, Lakeside Birth Center, Madigan Army Medical Center, Multicare Auburn Hospital, Northwest Hospital, Overlake Hospital, Providence Everett Hospital, Puget Sound Birth Center Kirkland, Puget Sound Birth Center Renton, St. Elizabeth Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, St. Joseph Medical Center, St. Joseph Midwifery Birth Center, Swedish Ballard Hospital, Swedish Edmonds Hospital, Swedish First Hill Hospital, Swedish Issaquah Hospital, Tacoma General Hospital, The Birthing Inn, UW Medical Center and Valley Medical Center.

How many capsules will i receive?

The amount of placenta capsules that you will receive will vary based on the size of the placenta and method of preparation. The average range is typically between 130-170 size 0 capsules. The size of the placenta usually corresponds to the size of the baby. Therefore, a larger baby and placenta will yield more capsules.

How do I choose the best preparation method for me?

The reported benefits don’t vary greatly between the two methods of preparation, but clients have reported increase in energy and increase in breastmilk more often with the Simply Dehydrated method of preparaion. 92% of clients choose the Simply Dehydrated method of preparation, and 8% choose Steamed & Dehydrated method of preparation. The Simply Dehydrated method of preparation follows USDA standards for preparation of meat. If you follow and are greatly attracted to Traditional Chinese Medicine, then the Steamed & Dehydrated method which is inspired by TCM principles might be a good choice for you.

What if my baby comes early or late?

I currently take up to 10 clients each month and book using your estimated due date, similar to how your care provider would. This allows for a good ebb and flow to my schedule. I provide coverage for my clients 365 days each year, so whenever your baby is ready to come (whether that be “early” or “late”), I am available for you!

Are there any reason's why I wouldnt be able to encapsulate my placenta?

There are a few contraindications for consuming your placenta:

If you have Hepatitis B/C or HIV/Aids. (Most local hospitals will not release your placenta).

If you have a confirmed case of chorioamnionitis.

If your placenta is not refrigerated or placed on ice shortly after the birth, and is left out at room temperature longer than 4 hours.

If your placenta is taken to pathology for testing, or to be examined. (This is not routine in our area).

If your placenta has been in your refrigerator for more than 4 days.

Circumstantial Situations:

If you run a fever during labor it does not automatically rule out the possibility of encapsulating your placenta. I defer to your care provider, if s/he allows for the release of your placenta.

Lengthy labor, or long rupture of membranes does not automatically rule out the possibility of encapsulating your placenta. You would be more prone to infection, but I defer to your care provider, if s/he allows for the release of your placenta.

Situations that are NOT contraindications for consuming your placenta:

Induction, cesarean section, delayed cord clamping, cord blood donation or banking, gestational diabetes, group B strep (GBS+), pre-eclampsia, meconium staining, epidural/spinal, magnesium sulfate, antibiotics or IV narcotics,

Serving: Seattle, Tacoma, Auburn, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Bonney Lake, Bothell, Bremerton, Buckley, Burien, Carnation, Covington, Duvall, Eastside, Enumclaw, Fall City, Federal Way, Fife, Graham, Gig Harbor, Hobart, Issaquah, Kent, King County, Kirkland, Lakeland Hills, Lake Tapps, Lakewood, Maple Valley, Mercer Island, Mill Creek, North Bend, Orting, Pierce County, Preston, Puget Sound, Puyallup, Ravensdale, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, Shoreline, Snoqualmie, South Hill, Spanaway, Steilacoom, Sumner, Tukwila, West Seattle.

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