How many pills will my placenta make?
An average placenta will make between 75-100 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?
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.
How soon should I have my placenta encapsulated?
The placenta should be encapsulated within 72 hours. If, for some reason, Carmen cannot get to you within that time, the placenta will need to be frozen. It will need to be thawed 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. Carmen Calvo, owner of the The Nurturing Root, has undergone food safety certification training for this very purpose.
Because the encapsulation is done in your home, there is no risk of an accidental switch. You can rest assured that the placenta being encapsulated is YOURS and that the encapsulation is taking place in a clean environment. Be highly skeptical of any placenta encapsulation services that claim to do otherwise.
While Carmen 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.
Is it difficult to get my placenta released from the hospital?
Some hospitals release the placenta without issue, others are not so willing. It’s important to find out what their policy is ahead of time. Carmen can send you a release form to make the process easier, and is willing to help you in whatever way she can.
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.