Once you complete this form please give me up to 48 hours to confirm receipt. If you haven't heard from me after that time, please contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 604-319-2143.
Please feel free to contact me any time if you have questions.
Your placenta will be prepared following the Traditional Chinese Medicine method. This includes conscious handling of the placenta, careful drainage of the blood vessels, gentle steaming with warming herbs and dehydration. Once in powder form your placenta will be encapsulated and you will be provided with guidelines for dosage and care.
It is your responsibility to discuss release of your placenta from the hospital where you give birth and to ensure proper storage of your placenta in a refrigerator or cooler with the placenta placed on ice until it can be picked up or delivered for preparation and encapsulation. Please contact me if you need assistance with this.
It is also your responsibility to inform me of any known blood-borne illness(es) or other health issues (such as HIV, hepatitis, etc.) that could place me or any others who may come in contact with bodily fluids (specifically maternal and fetal blood and amniotic fluid) at risk.
For Hospital Births: I recommend never letting your placenta leave your sight to minimize the chances of it accidentally being discarded. Bring a small cooler and 2 large zip lock bags with you to the hospital so you can keep your placenta in your room. Within the first few hours after birth, fill the cooler with ice and place the sealed placenta inside. It will keep until I can pick it up or until you take it home and put it in the refrigerator (whichever comes first.) If you forget a cooler take the plastic tub in your room and fill it with ice to place the packaged placenta on ice.
For Home Births: You can store your placenta in any food grade container that can be sealed or a large zip lock bag. Refrigerate or place your placenta on ice within the first 3 hours after the birth.
If you are practicing some form of lotus birth, ice packs may be wrapped up with the placenta to prevent spoilage. If it is going to be more than 3 or 4 days before the placenta can be prepared, it should be frozen. A frozen placenta will take somewhat longer to prepare since I prefer to gently defrost it prior to preparation.
It is important to note that there may be circumstances under which your placenta cannot be used. Significant abnormalities of the placenta may necessitate your doctor or midwife sending your placenta to Pathology for further examination. Other conditions, such as signs of infection in the mother during birth, may mean that consuming your placenta will not be beneficial to you. If in doubt I will consult with you before proceeding. It should be possible to claim your placenta after a caesarean birth.
A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required to reserve your space. The balance is due upon receipt of your finished capsules. Payments can be made by Interac e-Transfer to email@example.com (this is a secure payment option you can complete via your online banking) or by cheque payable to Gina Snyder and mailed to 12235 221 Street, Maple Ridge, BC, V2X 5T4.
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