When do I book in with you?

  • It is never too early to book in! BUT it definitely can be too late! 
  • As soon as you know you want to have your placenta encapsulated with me book in by using the Book In Now tab on this website. 
  • An invoice will be sent requiring a €25 non-refundable deposit.
  • Once the deposit is made a transportation kit will be mailed to you.
    • The transportation kit contains: 
      • Cool Bag
      • Ice Blocks
      • 2 Ziplock Bags
      • Do Not Dispose Sticker
      • Laminated Instructions 
      • Placenta Care
    • The remaining balance is due prior to or on collection of the placenta.

Do I need to ask the hospital for permission? Are hospitals OK with this?

  • No you don't need to ask for permission. You will provide your care givers a Placenta Care for Midwives Instruction sheet upon checking in for delivery.
  • You might have to sign a release form which is protocol in some hospitals.
  • Most hospitals are happy for you to take your placenta. They shouldn’t hinder you from taking it but they might not help you by keeping ice packs cold or placing the placenta in a fridge. 

What's the difference between Simple and Steamed? Is one better than the other?

  • The short answer is no, one is not better than the other. 
  • Simple might resonate with some as you'll get all the nutrients, iron, and hormones at their highest content as the placenta is not subjected to high heat from the steaming process. 
    • Some feel the Simple method is best for extra energy
  • Steamed is thought to bring warmth to the body. 
    • Some feel the steamed is good for bringing balance and might be better suited to help with PND.
    • The high heat will dull some of the nutrients, iron, and hormones as they are subjected to a high heat.
    • The capsule yield is less with steamed as the placenta will shrink in size.

Do you have a question or concern that isn't addressed here? 

Please call or email me, I'd love to discuss it with you!

When can my placenta NOT be used? What if there is meconium present?

  • The placenta can be used in most instances and is compatible with most medications.
    • If there is ever a question regarding specific medications please contact your doctor.
  • The placenta CAN be used with pain relief during labour, managed delivery of the placenta, GD, GBS, pre-eclampsia, meconium, and many others.
  • The placenta CAN NOT be encapsulated 
    • If you develop Chorioamniotitis or if there are signs of infection at birth
    • The placenta is taken to pathology.
      • If the placenta needs to be sent to pathology to be examined you could always ask if they could just remove a portion instead. 
      • If that is acceptable place the placenta in a fridge until you receive the all clear.
    • If it has not been properly chilled and stored
    • If you have HIV, Aids, Hepatitis B or C
    • If you are unsure whether it is your placenta
  • Let me know if there is meconium present
    • I will give the placenta an extra wash with apple cider vinegar and it is recommended to steam as an added precaution as well.

Can I have my placenta encapsulated if I delay cord clamping?

  • Yes! We 100% support and encourage delayed cord clamping!

What do I need to do to get my placenta from the hospital? How long does it take? When can I expect my capsules?

  • You will take the transportation kit that will be mailed to you once you submit your €25 non-refundable fee. That pack will contain:
    • Cool Bag
    • 1.2 kilos of Ice Blocks
    • 2 Ziplock Bags
    • Do Not Dispose Sticker
    • Laminated Instructions 
    • Placenta Care for Midwives Instruction sheet
  • The placenta must be double bagged using the ziplock bags provided within the transportation kit.
  • Place the Do Not Dispose sticker provided in the transportation kit on the outside of the ziplock bag.
  • Place the bagged placenta in your cool bag on ice that is provided for you in the transportation kit within 30 mins of birth.
  • The placenta must be placed in a fridge within 6 hours of birth.
  • Contact me once the placenta is available to arrange pickup. 
    • My phone number is listed on the cool bag that will be provided to you. 
    • You can call or text at any time but arrangements for collection will only be made between 9am-8pm.
    • Please note while I try to be to you as soon as possible there are rare instances when collection can take up to 3 days.
    • The placenta needs to be placed in the freezer by day 3 if not collected immediately.
  • It takes approximately 2-3 days to encapsulate your placenta.
  • The placenta capsules will be posted back by registered mail and can take an additional 2-3 business days.

How many capsules can I expect? Where do I store them? How long do they last?

  • Just like babies placentas come in all different shapes and sizes therefore impacting the amount of capsules you will receive.
  • I use size ‘0’ and an average yield is 125-175.
    • Steamed capsules will yield less than those that were processed raw.
  • Capsules should be stored in a dark cupboard upto 6 weeks. After 6 weeks transfer to the freezer.
    • The capsules will have a silica gel sachet to absorb moisture, however if at any time your capsules are exposed to moisture and become discoloured or mold is present please discard immediately.
  • If you have left over capsules you can save in the freezer and can then be used during menstruation and menopause.
    • If you like the idea of saving your capsules for future use ask me about how I can turn a few of your capsules into a tincture or homeopathic remedies.

How many do I take a day?

  • As this is not a pharmaceutical there is no one way to take these. I will give suggestions and guidelines but some adjusting may be necessary to see what works best for you.
    • Please contact me at any time if you would like to discuss dosage.
  • Week 1:
    • 2 capsules 3 times a day
    • Try not to take too late in the evening until you know how your body responds
    • Take with food when possible
  • Week 2-3
    • 2 capsules 2 times a day
      • Go back up if you feel you’re not ready to lower your dose.
  • Week 4 and beyond
    • 2 capsules daily
  • Take an extra capsule or two on really hard days and nights.
  • If you are taking a high dose, 8-10, and are not feeling the benefits like you thought you would please contact me.