When is the placenta prepared?
The placenta preparation should take place as soon as possible after the birth, (ideally within the first 48 hours, but it can wait closer to 72 hours if needed). Directly after the birth, the placenta should be placed in an enclosed container; for home births, the placenta should be double-bagged in Ziploc bags and, if at a hospital, they usually put it in a plastic container for you. Then, it needs to be placed on ice or in the refrigerator/freezer until it is time for encapsulation. It can safely be stored on ice for up to 12 hours, in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours, but if you know ahead of time that it will not be prepared within that time frame, it is best to place it straight into the freezer. CVA Doulas provides all clients who secure bookings before their 37th week of pregnancy with a placenta transport kit and detailed instructions for how to store your placenta safely.