Frequently Asked Questions

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When should we contact you to arrange a pick-up or drop-off of the placenta?

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You can text or call when you go into labor; however this is not necessary. Once the placenta is born, you should call or text me at 720-980-1562 so we can arrange pick-up/drop-off. My pick-up hours are between 9am-7pm daily. It may take a few hours before I can pick up your placenta, depending on my schedule. Please be sure to either keep your placenta refrigerated or on ice until I can arrive. I will text or call when I am on my way to you. At that time, you should request the placenta be released to you if hospital/birthing center staff are holding it for you. You should have your placenta in hand when I arrive to expedite the encapsulation process. Please do not email me to let me know the placenta is ready for pick up. While I do receive emails on my phone, this method of communication is not as reliable as a phone call or text message.

 If your baby is born after 7pm I will pick up the placenta the following day. If your baby is born during the night, please wait to contact me until the following morning.

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What is your coverage area?

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I serve all of the Denver Metro area. Transportation is included within 50 round trip miles of 80124 zip code. Additional fee of $0.55 per mile will be charged over 50 miles.

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How soon can I expect my capsules to be ready?

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You can expect your capsules within 72 hours. Unless the placenta is frozen or you request special preparation, I should have your capsules back to you within 24 hours. Please note that a frozen placenta will take a full 24 hours to properly thaw.

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Where is the placenta processed and encapsulated?

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I have an office in my home that is dedicated to encapsulation services. This is where I keep all my encapsulation equipment.

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What safety and sanitation precautions do you use?

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I adhere to local health department requirements for safe food handling preparation and have a food handler’s card issued by the Tri-County Health Department. I comply with OSHA and EPA guidelines for bloodborne pathogen transmission, sanitation, sterilization and infection prevention. Many of my supplies are disposable and will only be used during preparation of your placenta. Equipment that is not disposable is thoroughly cleaned and sterilized in a bleach solution after each use.

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How do I know I am getting capsules made with my placenta?

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To ensure the client's safety and to guarantee they are receiving capsules made with their placenta, I never process more than one placenta at a time. I take great care to ensure my workspace is cleaned and sanitized after each service so there is no chance of one client's placenta/placenta powder mixing in with that of a different client.

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How to I preserve my placenta for pick up/drop off?

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I always suggest putting someone (partner, friend, doula) in charge of the placenta. Make sure they inform your care provider right after baby is born that you are keeping your placenta so that it doesn't accidentally get put in the trash. Typically the nursing staff will put it in a container for you at that point.  And since I do not pick up placentas in the middle of the night and it can sometimes be several hours after delivery before I can pick up, I recommend placing the container in your cooler filled with ice and keeping that placenta in your possession until I can pick up. It is extremely important that the placenta is kept chilled to ensure freshness so the cooler will need to be filled with ice. This can be done by using the hospital's ice machine. It is also recommended that you bring a gallon size Ziploc bag with you to the hospital just in case the hospital is out of containers. If your care provider wants your placenta taken to pathology for any reason ask that they just take a small piece for testing because once in pathology they do treat the placenta with formalin (formaldehyde) which would cause the placenta to become unusable. If they do feel the need for testing a small piece please contact me for further instructions.

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Can a frozen placenta be encapsulated?

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Many placentas can be encapsulated once frozen depending on a few factors.  These include when it was frozen, how it was stored, how long it has been frozen and if it has ever thawed.  Please contact me to discuss the possibility.

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Can I still encapsulate if I have an epidural or C-section?

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Yes!  There have been no known or reported issues with encapsulating after either of these procedures.

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What forms of payment do you accept and when is payment due?

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Payment in full is due when I receive your placenta, with consideration for special circumstances.  I prefer cash however, I will also accept check, credit card and PayPal payments. Checks should be made out to Allison Emery.