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What to do after the birth

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

in Wagga Wagga

In the months leading up to your birth, you will have been provided with a hire cooler and ice bricks by me. This is to safely store your placenta in to keep it fresh, cool and non contaminatedFreeze the ice bricks at your home prior to the birth. 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 ice bricks must be pre frozen prior to arriving to the hospital as some babes are born quickly and there will not be enough time for them to freeze from scratch.

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Once your placenta is birthed and after the midwife examination, the placenta will need to be double bagged. It then needs to be placed in your clearly labelled, sealed hire cooler, with the pre frozen ice blocks WITHIN 1-2 HOURS OF BIRTH. The staff at the hospital will bag it for you.
Sign the release form if
birthing in hospital.

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Sealed in the double bag, the cooler must not be re-opened and must be kept cold in your provided cooler until refrigerated, either at my home once I collect, or when you drop it to my home in the rare chance I am unable to collect (holidays, work commitments etc).
Whilst awaiting my arrival, keep the placenta cooled with your frozen ice bricks.

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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. In the rare chance I am unavailable to collect within this timeframe or if I am away, I can provide you with access remotely to where my placenta storage fridge is at my home. See below on what to do when I am away.

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Otherwise, contact me at your earliest convenience, day or night, for me to come and collect from y0ur place of birth in Wagga Wagga. Ensure the placenta is correctly stored as above and in your cooler with ice bricks prior to me arriving for easy, non contaminated transportation.

IF I AM
UNABLE TO
COLLECT

and you are unable to deliver to my placenta fridge, your placenta
MUST BE PLACED IN YOUR FREEZER no more than 48 hours after the birth to ensure it is kept fresh for encapsulation.

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WHAT TO DO AFTER YOUR PLACENTA HAS BEEN DELIVERED

if you live outside of Wagga Wagga

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In the months leading up to your birth, you will need to source a cooler and ice bricks. This is to safely store your placenta in to keep it fresh, cool and non contaminated once it is birthed, and on its travels to me. A cheap, small Styrofoam cooler is an option, as is a cooler with a hard exterior. Ice bricks can be purchased from dollar stores. DO NOT USE ICE as it will melt too quickly during its travels. Keep in mind, your cooler will not be posted back to you and disposed of accordingly once it arrives to me.
Alternatively, if you or a family member/friend is visiting Wagga during your pregnancy, feel free to borrow one of the coolers I have for my local placentas, as it will find its way back to me with your placenta in it.

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Freeze the ice bricks at your home prior to the birth. When arriving at the maternity unit, place them in the ward freezer until needed. The ice bricks must be pre frozen prior to arriving to the hospital as some babes are born quickly and there will not be enough time for them to freeze from scratch. Once your placenta is birthed and after the midwife examination, the placenta will need to be triple bagged. It then needs to be placed in your clearly labelled, sealed cooler, with the pre frozen ice blocks WITHIN 1-2 HOURS OF BIRTH. The staff at the hospital will bag it for you. Sign the release form if birthing in hospital.

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Sealed in the triple bag, to prevent leakage, the cooler must not be re-opened and must be kept cold until it is placed in your freezer at home. This step is crucial to ensure the freshness of your placenta, if left to become warm, or not placed in the freezer, it will go off. I can tell if a placenta is not fit for consumption due to poor handling processes.
This will cease placenta preparation and you will not be refunded.

The placenta needs to be placed in your home freezer as soon as possible within 4 hours following birth, and should be stored in its bag in your cooler until then. You can place it in a smaller container in your freezer. Have someone scheduled to come collect it from you after it is placed in the cooler. The person to take it to your freezer does not have to be your partner, it can be your mum, doula, support person, or friend. Ensure they are happy to follow this guide, as if handled improperly, I cannot process your placenta. Rest assured, as it is triple bagged, there should be no leaks, and no "ick" factor for your friend/family/support person to worry about.
They are performing an
honourable service for you.

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Your placenta can be stored in your freezer for up to 12 months, but it is ideal if you can get it to me for preparation within the week. Frozen placentas take an extra day or two to defrost safely. Turnaround time for placentas outside Wagga is up to 1 week, including postage back to you. 
On the day someone will transport your placenta to me in Wagga Wagga, place the now frozen placenta back into the cooler with frozen ice bricks. Ensure the placenta is still contained safely in its triple bag. Send me a courtesy message to let me know in advance when the placenta is due to arrive. If I am not home when your support person is here to drop it off, I can provide them with access remotely to where my placenta storage fridge is located at my home. It will be set up for the placenta where they will
simply take the bag out of the cooler and pop it into the designated placenta fridge.

WHAT TO DO AFTER YOUR PLACENTA HAS BEEN DELIVERED

and I am away or not able to collect

The few weeks surrounding your estimated due date are in my calendar and I am on call for your delivery, however babies are unpredictable when they come! There may be times when I am unavailable at the time of delivery but am still in Wagga and cannot get to the placenta within the 4 hours, or, I am away on holiday (which you would have been informed of upon booking, or well in advance). I am still so happy to carry out your selected placenta services, this just requires a bit more help from your support team to get your placenta to me safe and sound.

Follow the "What to do after the birth" instructions. 

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Instead of me collecting it, have someone organised/on call to come collect it from you at the hospital within four hours of the birth. 

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Your placenta pick up person will be given access to my designated placenta freezer at my home. You will gain entry while I monitor our CCTV to ensure the process runs smoothly.
I live 8 minutes away from the hospital.

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Phone me where I can give you instructions on where to locate the RING Doorbell. From there I can open my garage remotely. There you will find a station set up with a bluey pad and gloves to take out of the cooler, keep it in the bag, and pop it straight into the PLACENTA FREEZER if I am away, or in the PLAENTA FRIDGE if i am unavailable at time of delivery. Frozen placentas take an extra day or two to defrost safely. Turnaround time for placentas in Wagga is up to 1 week.

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