From the time you contact us, to the time your placenta products are delivered, Bravo Birth DFW strives to create a seamless, first-rate experience for our clients. We understand that you have enough to focus on when it comes your birth, postpartum recovery, and caring for your newborn. Rest assured that our experts have every detail covered. Here’s what you can expect from the process.
Obtaining your Placenta
The process for taking possession of your placenta is very simple. The state of Texas has passed a law that requires your placenta to be released to you upon request, as long as testing of the placenta isn’t necessary. Hospitals, birth centers, and home birth midwives in Dallas and Fort Worth tend to be very compliant and easy to work with when requesting your placenta. Be sure to tell your medical team ahead of time that you plan on encapsulating, so they can save it for you and provide any necessary paperwork for you to sign.
Transporting your Placenta
If you are birthing at home, you may put your placenta in a sealed container or inside two freezer bags and place it directly in your refrigerator. If you are birthing elsewhere, you may bring a small cooler with you to your birthing location. At a hospital, a member of your medical team will generally put your placenta in a plastic container with a lid. If you are using a birth center, you should bring two large freezer bags to double bag the placenta. When you take possession of the placenta, place the container or freezer bags containing the placenta on ice inside your cooler. It can remain on ice for a few hours until someone, usually your partner, a family member, or friend can take it home to be stored in your refrigerator until encapsulation.
We are ready and available to encapsulate between the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. We pride ourselves on a quick turnaround for your placenta products, so be sure to notify us when you are ready for us to begin. If it will be an extended period of time before you choose to contact your placenta specialist to encapsulate, it may need to be stored in the freezer to preserve its freshness. Detailed storage instructions with appropriate time frames for storing on ice, in the refrigerator, or in the freezer, are provided for clients of Bravo Birth DFW.
We take our clients health and wellbeing very seriously. For your safety, all placenta services are conveniently performed right in your home. Your placenta never has to leave your possession and it’s not exposed to any pathogens you would not already encounter in your own living space. You never have to worry about your placenta getting confused with anyone else’s and you can oversee the entire process, if you like.
We adhere to the highest standards of practice for blood borne pathogens and food safety, as outlined by OSHA. The work space and all equipment is sanitized before and after each use, first with soap and hot water and next with a bleach solution. Any equipment that can’t be completely sanitized after use is thrown out, in order to prevent cross contamination from other placentas.
After the workspace and equipment are prepped, another step we take to ensure your safety involves steaming the placenta on the stove then later dehydrating thinly sliced pieces of it in a food dehydrator at 160 degrees for several hours. The heating and dehydration processes ensure that all the potential pathogens are killed with the high temperature and by removing all the moisture.
Upon completion, your kitchen will be left even cleaner than we found it.
Other Placenta Products
In addition to placenta capsules, we also offer placenta tinctures. A tincture is created by taking a small piece of your placenta and steeping it in six ounces of high quality, 100 proof vodka for at least six weeks. After this period of time, any remaining placenta pieces that have not dissolved are strained from the liquid, and your tincture is ready for consumption.
The benefits of a tincture are similar to that of capsules, with the added benefit of an extended shelf life. If stored in a cool, dark place, your tincture can be useful during times of need for years to come, including during menstrual cycles, and even menopause. Larger size tinctures are available upon request.
When you are presented with your placenta products, you will also receive a keepsake crafted from your baby’s umbilical cord. You will be provided with suggested guidelines for consumption and an open invitation to contact us at any time with questions. We are here to support you and your family as you adjust to life during the postpartum period.
To learn more about the benefits placenta encapsulation or to view pricing, please visit our Placenta Encapsulation service page. To reserve your spot on our calendar for placenta services, contact Bravo Birth DFW today.