Nordic Mama

Erika Torkelson
Birth Doula | 
Placenta Encapsulation Services


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Frequently Asked Questions 

How does this all work? What's the process like? 

I try to keep the process as simple for families as possible. After you submit your forms to me, I'll send you step by step instructions on what to do next, but basically, once your babe has arrived, you'll notify me and we'll arrange a time for me to come pick up your placenta. Once I have it prepared and ready to return to you, I deliver everything back to you, usually the next day. All while you're tucked in snuggling that new babe. 

How do I know this is safe? What are you cleaning protocols and how do you avoid mix ups?

This is probably the most common question, for good reason! I am OSHA certified in safe handling and bloodborne pathogen protocols. I follow strict protocols on cleaning and sanitization. After being used, all of my equipment is washed in hot soapy water before being sanitized in a 10% bleach solution for a minimum of 20 minutes. It's all then rewashed to remove any bleach residue before it's stored for it's next use. Non-submersible equipment is wiped down with medical grade sanitization wipes. I also use as much one time use equipment as possible. The only equipment I use that is not disposable are my dehydrator trays (which are lined with parchment paper and do not have any direct contact with placentas), and my magic bullet cups and blades. Safety is my number one priority. I spend more time on the cleaning and sanitizing than I do on the actual encapsulation! 

As for mix ups, I only ever work on one placenta at a time, so there is no possibility of mixing up who's is whose.