How It Works
After you've booked with me...
Yay! You're having a baby!
It's best to book me in advanced. I will take last minute clients, but I cannot guarantee that I will be available when your baby is born. After you have booked with me I will email you confirming your order. The $50 deposit is due by this time. You are welcome to pay the whole amount in advanced, but you don't have to.
Once you begin early labor, text or call me at 510 717-0343. If you are having a scheduled cesarean section please keep me updated on the day and time. This allows me time to rearrange any scheduled commitments in the next day or two so I can be available to process your placenta. Shortly after you’ve had your beautiful baby, remind your partner, doula, family member or friend to call me so I can begin making arrangements to pick up the placenta.
Upon arrival, I will call you to let you know I’m at the front entrance of birth place. At that time, please send someone with your placenta.
Note: If there is an outstanding balance, payment must be paid in full at this time.
For hospital births, please communicate to the hospital staff that you will be keeping your placenta. They will have a release form for you to sign.
After your care provider has examined and approved your placenta to be released, place the placenta in one of the gallon-sized ziplock bags and double bag it. Ask the hospital staff to fill one or two extra bags with ice and pack the placenta and ice into your cooler.
The hospital staff may choose to store it another way. Depending on the hospital, they may package the placenta in plastic containers that just end up in landfill. You can request that they use the bags that you provide.
Either way, it is important that your placenta be on ice or refrigerated within three hours. It is your responsibility, not the hospital’s to keep your placenta properly stored.
I am available to pick up your placenta during day light hours. I can usually arrive within a few hours of being contacted.
Another option is to have someone deliver the placenta to me in Alameda. Similarly, please call when your baby is born and we will make arrangements for delivery. There is a $25 discount for this option to cover transportation costs.
Please allow up to 2 days for me to process and deliver you placenta.
At anytime if you ever have any questions feel free to contact me. Consider me you and your placenta's advocate!
Please know that I take great pride in my work and I will treat your unique placenta with care and respect as if it where my own. I only process one placenta a time. All materials utilized for preparation are either disposable or thoroughly sterilized with hospital grade bleach and germicide cleaner between each use. I use only vegetarian, gluten free, kosher and HALAL Certified capsules. I follow OSHA and California Food Handlers guidelines during the preparation of your placenta. This not only for the safety of my clients, but the safety of my household.
Please read the terms and conditions and the FAQ thoroughly.
Basic dosage recommendations for the first 2 weeks to 3 months post birth.1-3 caps / 1-3 times a day.
1-2 dropper-full / 1-3 times a day (under tongue or in water).
You can always begin by taking 1 capsule or one dropper-full and notice how you feel over the next 2 hours. Adjust the dosage based on your feelings of well being and balance. If you feel jittery or anxious after taking, then lessen your dosage.Listen To Your Body!
Stop taking capsules or tincture if you are experiencing symptoms of cold, flu, or infection. Wait until symptoms subside to resume taking capsules. The capsules are 'tonifying' to your body, and may drive illness symptoms deeper. Some people have noticed their illness symptoms lingering with the use of this medicine. When you decide to stop talking your placenta taper off. Some women are very sensitive and going “cold turkey “ can be a shock to the system.
Storage● Store in a cool, dark place where moisture can’t get in. Ex: a cupboard.
● When you feel like you do not need the capsules anymore, put them in the freezer and they can be saved for later use. Store in a glass jar instead of plastic if possible. (Frozen capsules are best used within 6 months to a maximum of one year.)
● Tincture will last for many years if stored properly. Discard if it ever smells foul or has visible mold.
Tips and Ways to Use your BROTH● Broth is safe in your refrigerator for use up to 4 days only!
● Best practice is to freeze in an ice tray and use each cube as needed
● 1-3 cubes added to a soup broth or smoothies
● 1-2 cubes as water content for making rice, noodles, or other grains
● 1-2 cubes as water content for steaming/cooking vegetables
● 1-2 cubes or two as water content in breads etc that are baked as well
● Please let me know if you find another use for your broth or broth cubes
Also Good For● A 'pick me up' during a midday slump in energy
● Iron and nutritional supplementation along with your multivitamin
● Middle of the night or very early morning feeding when you will most likely go back to sleep right away (you may wake up feeling refreshed instead of groggy)
● Helping to prolong or increase milk production when you go back to work or will be away for a while
● Energetic slumps during the later early parenting months, when the child is teething or switching sleep or nap schedules that affect your rest or down time
● Hormonal shifts, like your first menses after the baby, or hair loss that is common in late postpartum
● Helping in times of transition, for example, moving homes, restarting a job or new job, a long travel trip with or without kid(s)
Placental use for longevity (tincture)● Use for balancing uncomfortable symptoms during menses
● Female children (This is your daughter’s medicine as well, she can use her own placenta) for balancing first or uncomfortable menses symptoms too!
● Balancing symptoms of menopause
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are there any reasons that would make my placenta unsafe to consume?
A: Yes. If your health care provider confirms or suspects an infection of the placenta or uterus, or baby is being treated for an infection it is not safe to consume. Also, I cannot process a placenta if it is treated with chemicals in pathology.
Q: What happens if the hospital sends my placenta to pathology?
A: Occasionally, placentas are sent to pathology if there are concerns. Concerns can include, but not be limited to, meconium present (which is not a problem), placenta size (too big or too small), twins, or infection. Should the placenta be sent to pathology, there is an added risk of contamination. Sometimes labs use chemicals to test the placenta. Unfortunately, I cannot process a placenta that has been treated with chemicals. There is no guarantee that the staff will handle it according to the California Food Handlers regulations. I have obtained the California Food Handlers Certification and Bloodborne Pathogens & Infection Control For Placenta Encapsulators Certification. A suggested solution would be to have the staff cut off a small piece of the placenta to be sent to pathology. That allows your placenta to stay with you and the piece can be discarded after testing is complete. If this happens and you are unsure of what do, contact me and I'll can talk you through it.
Q: Can I consume my placenta if I have a cesarean section?
A: Yes! Provided there are no signs of infection.
Q: What happens if I book you and you have an emergency or need to go out of town?
A: In the this unlikely event, I can have someone pick up your placenta for me and store it until I am available. Or, I can connect you with a backup specialist who I trust.
Q: Can I consume my placenta if I am GBS positive?
A: You can, and I have processed the placenta of GBS positive women with no known problems. I am part of a community of Placenta Specialist who collectively have processed 1000's of placenta with no reported problems relating to GBS.
Additionally, I am careful to process placentas at food safe temperatures as verified by research from Dr. Sophia Johnson with Jena University that kill bacteria, such as GBS. Her research concluded: "The preparation of placental tissue has a clear effect on the microbial contamination: dehydration causes a drastic germ reduction, steaming followed by dehydration causes an even greater reduction of microbial species. Regarding to foodstuff regulations of the European Union, no “unsafe” organisms were detected in our samples."
You have further question fell free to contact me.