I don't live in Seattle. Do you service my area? Yes! I serve the greater Seattle area. I will also travel out to Snohomish County and Pierce County. I may charge extra for mileage depending on how far outside of Seattle city limits you live.
Do you pick up the placenta? Absolutely! My final price includes picking up your placenta, labor hours, and delivery of your capsules/products.
When do I pay you, and how do I pay you? I ask for a $50 deposit to reserve your placenta booking. The remainder can be paid when I drop your capsules off to you.
I'm birthing in a hospital. How do I handle getting my placenta released? Most hospitals in the northwest are used to releasing placentas. Be sure to let your provider know ahead of time that you plan to keep your placenta, and inform the staff when you get to the hospital. They will have you sign a release form.
What do I do with my placenta in the hospital room? Some hospitals will refrigerate your placenta for you, but not many. I recommend you take a small cooler with you to the hospital. Staff will provide you with ice to fill the cooler when it comes time to store the placenta. This will keep it temperature controlled until I arrive. Make sure the ice does not melt before refilling. Hospitals also often provide you with a plastic basin to hold the placenta on ice. If you live nearby, you can also have someone take the placenta home and store in the refrigerator - I can meet them there for a pick up.
How do I bag up the placenta? In a hospital, they will properly wrap the placenta for you. If you are having a home birth, please store your placenta by doubling up on gallon sized ziploc bags. Put in the refrigerator immediately.
How long does raw placenta stay fresh? Placentas generally stay fresh when stored properly in the refrigerator for up to 72 hours. After 72 hours, if you have not done anything with your placenta yet, you will need to freeze it. Placentas can be frozen for 6 months before consuming.
What is your turnaround time? I can get your capsules delivered to you within 72 hours of pick-up, and sometimes sooner than that. Placenta tinctures take 6 weeks to complete.
What safety precautions do you use? All of my equipment is washed in hot soapy water, followed by a bleach solution soak in between uses. I also use a hospital grade solution after bleaching. I renew my bloodborne pathogens certification every year, and hold a current food worker card. Both your safety and mine are very important to me.
How do I contact you when the baby is born? You can email, text, or call me to set up a pick-up time. All forms of communication go to my iPhone - and I check it often! I don't do middle of the night pick-ups though.
How many capsules will I get? This depends on the size of your placenta. On average I've seen between 70-150 capsules.
What is the dosage? I put labels on all of my finished products so you don't need to worry about memorizing dosage guidelines.
How can I be sure you wont mix up my placenta with someone else's? There is no concern in mixing up placentas. I only work on one placenta at a time, and I label EVERYTHING!
Can I arrange for someone to meet you in Seattle for pick-up and delivery so that I can save on travel costs? If that is what you would like to do, no problem! I offer all of the travel so that you can rest with your baby and have less to worry about.
Can I still encapsulate if my placenta goes to pathology? Unfortunately it is not recommended to consume a placenta that has been sent to pathology. Ask the hospital staff if they can cut a small piece off of the placenta to examine instead of taking the entire thing.