Frequently Asked Questions
We know you have questions! Here are the ones we get asked most often.
Do you have to do the process in my home?
Yes, we do. As the Founder and Director of the international training organization Placenta Benefits (PBi), Jodi Selander operates strictly under the guidelines of the Southern Nevada Health District. The SNHD will not license any facility within Clark County for the processing of human tissue for consumption. Period.
How do I get the placenta home?
If you are having a hospital birth, we will give you the DOT guidelines for safe transport of the placenta from the hospital to your home.
How do I take care of the placenta at home?
Keep the placenta refrigerated and covered.
If the hospital has frozen the placenta, keep it frozen until we have your initial service time scheduled. A frozen placenta will take at least 24 hours to thaw in the fridge, so our services usually begin the day after you get home from the hospital.
When do I call you?
We prefer that you reserve our services before you deliver, by about the 36th week gestation. We can accommodate last-minute births, but it's best for everyone if you have all the information you need before you deliver. Then you just need to text us with your good news about the birth, and we set a time to get to you!
How soon do you start the process?
We have a great team of ladies, so we can generally get to you within 24 hours. But we do allow up to 72 hours after the birth, as there is some flexibility from birth to the time we begin.
If you've had a hospital birth and the placenta is frozen, then we will schedule your first session within 72 hours of the time you notify us (again, usually within 24, but up to 72 hours).
Does it smell bad?
This is a pretty major concern for some of our clients, and even the ones who were most afraid of the smell admitted that it was not what they expected. It smells like anything else you'd be cooking in the kitchen. And hilariously, there have been a few times where friends of the family have stopped by while we're working in the kitchen and wander in to ask what we're cooking "because it smells delicious"!
How many capsules do I get?
The number of capsules depends on the size of the placenta. Placentas tend to be proportional to the baby's size, so bigger babies tend to have bigger placentas, and therefore, more capsules.
However, a typical placenta will yield anywhere from 86 - 200+ capsules. I have never had a client NOT have enough capsules for her immediate postpartum recovery, which is daily use for 2-3 weeks postpartum.
How much does this cost?
Our fee is $300 for the 2-day placenta encapsulation service. Please check out our price list for details, gift cards, and discounts!
How do I register?
We prefer to speak to all of our clients in advance. We can answer all of your questions at once, and tell you about the logistics for your unique birth situation (hospital policies, placenta storage, etc.) But then you can fill out our Client Intake Form on our Reservations page, so we get all the information we need to give you our very best service.
Do I have to pay a deposit? Is it refundable?
We do not require any advance payment of any kind. You pay us when you need us! Some of our services require advance notice so we can come prepared, but you can tell us that when you reserve your services.
I have Group B Strep, can I still do this?
Short answer: YES. GBS has never been a contraindication for placenta encapsulation when prepared according to my method. The CDC has recently issued a warning against preparing placentas from GBS+ mothers. Unfortunately, there was a single instance in Oregon, where a placenta was improperly prepared, and the bacteria was not killed prior to encapsulation. This is NOT how we operate. Please read my official statement on my Placenta Benefits page regarding this situation.