FAQs

How does the process work from booking my due date to giving birth?

Please fill out this reservation form to book your due date on our calendar. Once you have filled it out, the next step is to:

1. Call or text Juliane at 661.440.9747 to let her know when you are in labor. We are available 24/7- so whatever time you go into labor, please let us know.
2. Once you are admitted and are set up in your Labor and Delivery room, tell your Labor and Delivery nurse, “I am keeping my placenta and have made arrangements to have it picked up once I have the baby.”
3. Call or Text Juliane again to let her know you have delivered the baby and the placenta is ready for pick up.

Can I still encapsulate my placenta if I have a caesarean (c-section)?

Yes, in fact this is another reason you SHOULD encapsulate your placenta. You will heal so much faster!

Will the hospital release my placenta? How do I get my placenta from the hospital?

Yes, all hospitals will release you your placenta. Once you are admitted, tell your nurse you are keeping your placenta. They will have you sign a release form. They will put your placenta in a container (which they provide) and I will then come and pick it up.

***Make sure you are well informed to your rights to your placenta. If for some reason the hospital is giving you a reason you cannot take your placenta, please contact Juliane.
**** Also note, it helps if your OBGYN/Care Provider is in the loop on your wishes to keep your placenta. They can make sure to approve the release of your placenta.

When do I call you to come get my placenta?

As soon as you have the baby. We are a 24-hour service.

When will I get my placenta capsules?

In 1-3 days

What is the cost?

$150 for placenta encapsulation in Kern County. Payment plans are available. See our pricing for more details.

What method do you use?

We use the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) method. This means we steam our placentas at 220 degrees for 30 min to kill any possible bacteria or viruses. Then it is dehydrated, crushed into a powder, and put into capsules.

I heard it loses some of the nutritional benefits if it is steamed?

Yes, this is true. However, there is no research that exists, YET, to let us know just how much it loses. The placenta is a powerful and potent organ and all the mothers still rave about its effects and still feel the power of the placenta.

What sanitation guidelines do you use to ensure my safety?

Mommy Made Encapsulation performs each encapsulation in a purpose-built unit. All of our non-disposable supplies and equipment, along with the workspace is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized/sterilized before and after each encapsulation. We are compliant with the local health department’s requirements for safe food handling preparation. Each encapsulation specialist is fully qualified in food hygiene and infection control. We comply with the OSHA, FDA and EPA guidelines.

How do I know I'm not getting someone else's placenta?

We only process one placenta at a time in order to eliminate the risk of cross contamination.

How many pills will my placenta make and how many do I take each day?

Your placenta will yield, on average, 120-200 pills.

Days 1-7: Take 2 capsules, 3 times a day (AM, NOON, PM)
Days 8-15: Take 1 capsule, 3 times a day (AM, NOON, PM)
Days 16+: Take 1-2 capsules every morning as needed

What flavor capsules do you have and can I pick more than one flavor?

We have strawberry, grape, lime, bubblegum, orange and vegan capsules. Yes, you can pick more then one flavor.

What if I test positive for GBS?

Testing positive for GBS does not mean that you can’t encapsulate your placenta. It is still safe for you to encapsulate your placenta and here is why:

Mommy Made Encapsulation only offers the Traditional Chinese Medicine method when preparing the placenta. This method involves steaming the placenta to 220 degrees F for 30 minutes, followed by dehydrating the placenta. Any potential bacteria (including GBS) is killed during the steaming process as bacteria and viruses cannot survive at temperatures higher than 131 degrees F.

Mommy Made Encapsulation has encapsulated for roughly 80 women who have tested positive for GBS.

What if there is Meconium?

It is still safe to encapsulate your placenta if there is Meconium on the placenta. The bacteria in meconium is from your own body. We thoroughly wash the placenta and then we steam the placenta at 220 degrees F for 30 minutes to kill any bacteria or viruses present. Bacteria and viruses cannot survive at temperatures higher than 131 degrees F.

Mommy Made Encapsulation has encapsulated for roughly 50 women that had meconium on their placenta.

What if I am induced? What if I have an epidural?

It is still safe to encapsulate your placenta.

I heard the placenta is a filter organ; I don't want to eat all the bad toxins.

Although the placenta is known as the “filter organ,” the title that would actually be more fitting is “facilitator organ.” The placenta acts a facilitator, making sure all of the good stuff gets to the baby, and all of the toxins and waste gets disposed of by putting it back into the mother’s bloodstream. The toxins and waste don’t just “hang around” in the placenta.

How long will my capsules stay good?

Your capsules should be kept in a cool, dark place. If you keep them in the fridge they can last up to 6 months. They can last up to 12 months if stored in the freezer.

What if I want to delay cord clamping?

You can still encapsulate your placenta if you delay cord clamping.

What If I want to do cord banking?

If the company you use only banks the cord and PART of the placenta, then yes, we can encapsulate the placenta. If they bank the cord and the entire placenta, no.

Does it have to be my placenta?

For legal reasons, we can only encapsulate the placenta for the mother it belongs to.

When is it not safe to encapsulate my placenta?

If you have HIV, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, or Hepatitis C.

How do I get started?

Book Your Placenta Encapsulation Today!