What are the fees for encapsulation?
Encapsulation fees range from $125.00- $210.00 depending on the package chosen. Please see the Encapsulation page under the Kitchen heading for complete package details. Please be leery of low cost encapsulators. Many of these encapsulators have not completed a certification program nor do they have appropriate equipment to encapsulate safely. This is not an area where you want to hire the cheapest person. I do offer discounts for women on Medicaid and families experiencing financial hardships on a case by case basis.
Why should I pick Hill Country Placentas to encapsulate my placenta?
Lisa is the most experienced encapsulator in Central Texas. She has worked with almost 1000 clients. She is also the only certified encapsulator in Central Texas with a Bachelors degree in health care and a critical care hospital background. She is the encapsulator that was able to get hospitals to make changes to their policies making it easier for women to obtain their placentas. She was the only encapsulator invited to testify at the Senate and House of Representatives to make the new state law that makes it possible for any woman in Texas to obtain her placenta from any Texas hospital by simply requesting it. She is the encapsulator that other encapsulators come to when they have questions regarding safety practices and hospital release practices. When you hire Hill Country Placentas you can be assured that your placenta is encapsulated using the best practices, the safest practices and from the most professional team in Central Texas!
Where is my placenta processed?
Your placenta will be processed in the safest environment; our professional commercial placenta kitchen. This is the best way to have a placenta encapsulated. Some encapsulators will come to your home or take your placenta to their kitchen for encapsulation. This is not the best way. When a placenta is processed in a regular food kitchen there is a chance of cross contamination with food products, allergies, and bacteria. Some encapsulators will tell you that it is illegal to take your placenta away from your home. If they tell you this they are misinformed or lying to you. There are no laws regulating placenta processing at this time. We believe that in the future the Government will start to regulate placenta encapsulation and we are preparing for that day by having strict protocols for safety today. If a health inspector walked into the kitchen today we are 100% confident that it would pass health and safety standards.
How do I know that I will get my placenta back?
Only one placenta is processed at a time in a work space. There are never two placentas being processed at a time. The placenta has an ID tag put on it either at the hospital or by us at pick up. This ID tag follows it all the way through the process. After the placenta is completely processed the work station is then sanitized following OSHA guidelines before another placenta ever enters the space. If you are very concerned about this I always welcome friends or family members to come and watch the process for you. In the future we will adding Skype so that clients are able to watch their placenta being processed remotely if they choose to do so. This is the best of both worlds for the client that wants to see her placenta processed but does not want the possibility of cross contamination in her own kitchen or the smell of the placenta being processed to fill up her home.
Why is it important to use someone that is trained in placenta encapsulation?
It is important to use someone that is specifically trained in placenta encapsulation. There are OSHA guidelines that must be followed and all trained placenta encapsulation specialists know and follow these guidelines. Trained encapsulation specialists also adhere to strict OSHA and EPA guidelines for safe handleing and disinfection. Lisa's background includes working in the hospital. One of her job requirements was to clean and sterilize equipment. She uses that training and knowledge when cleaning and sterilizing encapsulation equipment. A trained encapsulator is also trained in dosing guidelines, capsule care instructions, and most importantly, when to NOT take the capsules. We are trained to safely handle and prepare your placenta. Encapsulators that are not formally trained may not adhere to proper safety guidelines or even know what the safety guidelines are. Please do not hire an encapsulator that tells you they did their training with YouTube videos or they encapsulated their own so now they know how to do it. Please only hire someone that has been through a formal training program.
How do I care for the placenta before you come?
Following birth you will want to store the placenta in a container and refrigerate it as soon as you can. If you can not refrigerate it within two hours, please put ice on it. If you are giving birth at home, a bowl with a cover will work just fine. If you are giving birth in the hospital, the nurse should give you a container. In the event that she does not, please bring a zip-lock bag and cooler with you. Call us soon after the birth so we can make arrangements to start the encapsulation process. It is ideal for the process to be started within 24-48 hours following birth.
How do I get my placenta released from the hospital?
It is now state law that every hospital in Texas is required to give a mother her placenta if she requests it as long as the mother and baby are healthy. Lisa worked on this bill and testified at the Capital twice in front of lawmakers and it was signed into law by Governor Abbott in June of 2015. You will need to let your doctor and nurses know that you will be keeping the placenta. Different hospitals have different release procedures. Please refer to our hospital release page for information regarding your specific hospital.
What if I don't use all of the capsules?
The capsules can be frozen and used during other stressful times in your life and even during the menopause years to help alleviate hormonal fluctuations.
What areas do you serve?
San Antonio and San Marcos (placenta can be shipped or we can meet a friend or family member in Kyle to pick up the placenta)
Waco- Will meet in Temple.
and the surrounding area.