Warning: Placenta Encapsulation
In this age we hear more and more families are choosing to encapsulate their placentas instead of just allowing them to be tossed away after delivery. Moreover, the many anecdotal benefits cited include increased milk production, decreased bleeding, increased energy and lessened risk for postpartum depression and anxiety. While there are many people electing to take part in this practice, there are some definite safety concerns everyone should be aware of to ensure the utmost safety when having their placenta encapsulated.
1. Only allow a trusted friend or family member to transport your placenta. Sure it may be more convenient to allow your doula or encapsulation specialist to transport for you, but it increases the risk for issues during transport. What if she is transporting several placentas and gets them mixed up? What if it is left in the car for a long period and it spoils? The potential for a hazardous outcome increases dramatically.
2. Have your placenta encapsulated in YOUR HOME. I don’t know about you, but I have 3 dogs, a child in school (which means she’s basically a petridish for germs) and you have no idea about the level of cleanliness in my home. Although encapsulation should be a sterile and “clean”process, you don’t want to risk any unfamiliar contaminants going into something you plan to ingest. Your germs, your home.
3. Never use raw placenta in anything. As with consuming all meats, it is always highly cautioned to avoid raw meat due to risks of bacteria and many other types of infectious agents. Even in tinctures, where the “raw” placenta is enveloped in high potency alcohol, the inside of the piece is still subject to rot and any number of issues that you could possibly ingest.
4. Be wary of anyone who “guarantees” a certain number of capsules. A placenta can weigh typically anywhere from 1 to 3 pounds. There cannot possibly be a set number of capsules guaranteed ahead of time, unless the encapsulator is using a filling agent or not properly filling the capsules.
Because Placenta Encapsulation is not a regulated process, we highly recommend asking Encapsulation Specialists about where they have trained, and their process in detail. Doulas of Charlotte utilizes the strictest of Blood borne Pathogen Standards as set by the United States Department of Labor, to protect both ourselves and our clients. Our specialist has also attended extensive training with prestigious organization called ProDoula that holds their Placenta Specialists to the utmost of ethical and clinical standards regarding this process.
Feel free to contact us with any further questions regarding our Encapsulation Services.