HOSPITAL PLACENTA RELEASE
Most hospitals are accustomed to placenta encapsulation and have an official release form for you to sign called "Authorisation of the Release of Human Tissue to a Patient or Next of Kin". Once that paperwork is done, it’s no problem to take over care of your placenta. That being said, you should mention to your provider and/or midwife well in advance that you plan to utilise your placenta for consumption so it can be handled correctly after the birth and include it in your birth plan.
Placentas for consumption should be treated just as you would fresh, raw meat and should be placed in your cooler as soon as possible within 1-2 hours of birth. However, the placenta cannot be stored in the maternity wards or any hospital fridge.
WHAT TO DO AFTER YOUR PLACENTA HAS BEEN DELIVERED
Once birthed and after the midwife examination, the placenta will need to be double bagged and then placed in a clearly labelled, leak-proof and sealed esky with ice blocks (provided to you by Dulcie Lane) within 1-2 hours of birth.
The staff at the hospital will bag it for you.
Sign the release form.
Sealed in the esky, the container must not be re-opened on hospital premises and must be kept cold in your provided cooler until refrigerated at my home or preparation begins. Keep the placenta cooled with your pre frozen ice bricks. Freeze these at your home prior to the birth and when arriving at the maternity unit, place them in the ward freezer until needed.
Ask the staff for a few bags of ice from the ward ice machine if needed.
The placenta needs to be refrigerated as soon as possible within 4 hours following birth and should be stored in its container in your cooler until you contact me for pickup or deliver it to me.
Contact me at your earliest convenience for me to come and collect.
Ensure the placenta is correctly stored as above and in your cooler with ice bricks prior to me arriving for easy, non contaminated transportation.