Placenta Encapsulation Following a Hospital Birth

  1. Discuss with your doctor/midwife that you wish to keep your placenta PRIOR to the birth.
  2. Discuss with the hospital were you are laboring that you wish to keep your placenta PRIOR to the birth.
  3. Have the hospital liability waiver signed and in your hospital overnight bag if the hospital has not alreadyhad you sign one. Usually, hospitals will have their own liability waiver or do not require one but this is a good precaution. Click here for a generic version of a hospital liability waiver.
  4. Have a sign up somewhere in your delivery room reminding the staff that you wish to take your placenta home so it is not mistakenly sent to pathology. This is totally optional but it has worked well for others. Many women post it with their birth plan.
  5. Bring a cooler filled with ice to the delivery to store the placenta in after the birth. The container some hospitals put the placenta in can be as large as a gallon ice cream tub. Make sure your cooler is large enough. Sometimes the hospital will put it in a refrigerator but it is safest in your sights, preferably in your room in the cooler so there is never a question to the condition of the placenta.
  6. Bring a container for the placenta to go into the cooler. Most hospitals will provide their own container but you may bring one just in case. It can be plastic, glass, stainless steel, or a double bagged Ziploc. If you are choosing to use a plastic container please remember that plastic absorbs blood and the container should be thrown away after storing the placenta.
  7. The placenta will need to be brought home and refrigerated very soon after the birth. The placenta is like any meat product. If it is above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for more than a few hours harmful bacteria can began to grow and many of the benefits of placenta encapsulation can be lost or the placenta won’t be able to be encapsulated.
  8. If you know that you will not be able to have your placenta encapsulated within the first 48 hours please immediately put it in the freezer until it can be processed. The sooner it is encapsulated or frozen the more benefits it has.
  9. Contact us via phone (816.760.2095) or email within 12 hours following the birth to schedule a time for a Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist (CPES) to come to your home and begin the placenta encapsulation process.
  10. If you have not yet been released from the hospital during the time we schedule for placenta encapsulation please have someone at your home while the placenta is begin processed.
  11. Please have the Placenta Encapsulation Service Agreement signed and to Postpartum Peace prior to the placenta encapsulation process. It can be completed electronically or when the CPES arrives at your home.
  12. Remaining payment is expected before the CPES leaves following the complete placenta encapsulation.
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