The popularity of placenta encapsulation is growing in DC & Maryland. And I’m invested in ensuring that my clients receive reliable, safe placenta encapsulation. You only get one opportunity at this. I want you to receive all the benefits that you can.
Here are a few things that I think are important when considering encapsulation, as a Postpartum Placenta Specialist:
Because the placenta is an organ, it is subject to bacterial growth within 2-4 hours. To minimize this, your placenta MUST be double bagged, or placed in a container provided by the hospital, and then placed on ice in a cooler, within 4 hours.
When I encapsulate placentas for my labor clients, I tend to manage this step for them while they bond with their baby. For all clients, I discuss the steps with both partners and provide them in writing.
I require my clients to be aware of the location of their placenta at all times. This provides the reassurance that they are taking pills that replenish only what has come from their own body. It also means that I do not transport my clients’ placentas.
To me, respecting the sacred nature of your placenta means practicing impeccable hygiene. I provide all the supplies necessary for encapsulation.
And I take precautions to prevent any contamination from myself to my clients, or from one client to the next. This includes a thorough sanitization process of all equipment, strict cleaning and disposal procedures (I don’t even reuse cling wrap rolls, as they can’t be sanitized) and, frankly, more bleach than I use in any other area of my life.
Before I was comfortable encapsulating, I took an in person, standardized training from experts. These experts are available for ongoing support and accountability. I’m held to a strict code of conduct and required to stay up to date on bloodborne pathogen certification. I make a point to stay up to date on the research (though it still leaves much to be desired), and I’ll be sure to update my procedures as time goes on.