We've gotten a lot of questions over the years. We've compiled a list of answers to our most asked questions regarding our services. If you don't find what you're looking for, let's chat.

How many pills will my placenta make?

This is totally dependent on the size of the placenta. We find an average placenta will make between 80-120 pills, although some placentas make more.

Is there any time I should NOT take my placenta capsules?

You should discontinue use of your placenta capsules if you become ill with a fever (flu or cold) or get an infection such as mastitis. You may resume use of the capsules once symptoms have subsided.

How do I care for my placenta once it has been born?

Someone on your birth team should place the placenta in double zip-lock baggies (one inside the other) or a container with a secure lid. It can be kept on ice in a cooler, but should be refrigerated as soon as possible. Please notify The Nurturing Root within 12 hours of the birth.

How soon should I have my placenta encapsulated?

The placenta encapsulation process should be initiated within 72 hours. If, for some reason, a specialist cannot get to you within that time (think snow storm, pandemic, natural disaster), the placenta will need to be frozen. It will need to be thawed in the refrigerator for 24 hours prior to the encapsulation.

Why is it done in my home? Can’t you just take it to your house and encapsulate?

It is against Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene regulations to transport potentially hazardous food to encapsulate in another person’s home. It is against the law, unless you are a licensed food service facility. Please read the regulation literature for more specific information on food preparation laws in the state of Maryland, the definition of a food service facility, and what constitutes potentially hazardous food. All of The Nurturing Root's placenta encapsulators have undergone food safety certification training for this very purpose.

Because the encapsulation is done in your home, there is complete transparency. You can rest assured that the placenta being encapsulated is YOURS and that the encapsulation is taking place in a clean environment.

While your specialist is in your home, you will also see that she practices within OSHA and EPA Federal guidelines and use procedures that meet the EPA guidelines for laboratories that deal with blood-borne pathogens and medical waste.

How do I care for my placenta once it has been born?

Baltimore area hospitals release the placenta without issue. However, it’s important to find out what their policy is ahead of time. We are familiar with placenta release protocols at locals hospitals and are happy to answer any questions regarding your birth location.

It is extremely important that the placenta does not go to pathology. If, for some reason, your placenta needs testing, ask that they only send of piece and not the whole placenta. Due to their use of formaldehyde, if the placenta goes to pathology, it would not be suitable for consumption.

Is there a time limit on my birth doula support or any additional fees. 

No, we do not have an hourly clause in our contract. We charge a flat rate for birth doula support, so you pay the same regardless of whether you have a short birth or a lengthy one. 

What does birth doula support include?

Your doula will provide 2 prenatal visits with you and your partner to discuss birth plans and goals. Your doula will help you write a birth plan and provide resources that can help you have a safe, healthy birth. You will receive continuous support in labor, and for an hour or two postpartum. After the birth, your doula will visit in the first week to see how you're adjusting with baby, provide resources, and to go over your birth experience.

Is there a minimum contract for a postpartum doula contract? 

No, we only want you to book what you think you'll need. However, there is a minimum number of hours per shift. For overnight support, a minimum shift is 7 hours. For daytime support, it's 4 hours. 

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