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Placenta Instructions
 
*Please fill out the hospital liability release form at the bottom of this page and give a copy to Barbara and a copy to your hospital*
 
Tell your doctor/midwife/doula that you will be taking your placenta with you. They will usually put it in a plastic container. Ask that the container be given to you as soon as possible after delivery so you can put it on ice.
 
Freeze it as soon as is possible; the earlier the better, but no longer than 18 hours after it is delivered.
 
If you are in a hospital they might want to take the placenta to Pathology. Ask your doctor if there is any reason why your placenta would need to be taken to Pathology. Find that out and do anything you can to NOT have it go there. By the time you get it back, it will not be fresh enough to process and you will lose your opportunity to use your placenta. Sometimes, the hospital requires that the placenta be tested for Hepatitis C. To avoid this, you can arrange to have a blood test for HEP C done ahead of time, so this negative test result can already be in your chart.
 
Designate someone (your husband, partner, doula or friend) to make sure the placenta gets into the cooler on ice. If you are in LA have your designated placenta caretaker call Barbara (310) 663.8868. In the unlikely event that we are not able to pick it up that day please have them take it home and put it in the freezer. The processing begins the same day we receive your placenta and takes 2-4 days to process.
 
Payment is due upon receiving the placenta. The fee covers all materials, gasoline, along with time and services (and I work very hard to keep my fee reasonable and my service accessible to everyone).
 
During the encapsulation of your placenta, methods are used that adhere to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Before being dried, the placenta is prepared using herbs that lend their healing properties to the placenta and benefit a postpartum mother. The placenta is then ground and encapsulated, and when properly stored, the capsules can be used long-term.  

During the first phase, about two hours are spent preparing the placenta for the drying phase, then we allow the placenta to finish drying overnight.  The next day is when we complete the encapsulation step, which takes about one hour. You can begin taking the capsules right away for maximum postpartum benefits.
 
All materials used thoroughly sterilized between each use, when not disposable, and everything meets food grade standards. Aside from the medicinal aspects, we treat the placenta as sacred, and will focus on honoring the work it has done to nourish your baby, while preparing it to continue its work nourishing you.
 
Here is the HOSPITAL LIABILITY RELEASE FORM:
Release of Placenta and Waiver of Liability
Between_________________________and__________________________ (“Mother”) hereby instructs _________________________(“Medical Facility”) to release Mother’s placenta produced at the birth of Mother’s childor in the case of multiples, children (the “Placenta”) on or about ____________________(approximate due date), into the custody of Mother or Mother’s designatedrepresentative.Mother understands that certain medical conditions, known or unknown at thepresent time and which may be discovered during the birth process, may preclude releaseof the Placenta due to the Medical Facility or its designated representative’s need fortesting, or other purposes, on the Placenta. Barring a demonstrated medical need to retainsaid Placenta, Mother hereby authorizes the Medical Facility to release said Placenta tothe Mother or her representative(s) within twelve (12) hours of its birth.Mother acknowledges that the Medical Facility makes no representations aboutthe health or viability of the Placenta. Mother expressly agrees to hold Medical Facilityand its representatives harmless with respect to the release of the Placenta and for anysuch subsequent purpose or use of the Placenta. If the Medical Facility retains thePlacenta for any period of time, Mother requires that the Medical Facility store thePlacenta in a manner that retains its freshness and release it to Mother in such a manner.Upon release to Mother, the Medical Facility will be absolved of all responsibility for thePlacenta.____________________________
                      Mother                                           Date
                     ____________________________
                     Medical Facility                             Date
 
Let us know if you have any other questions.
 
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