Recently, the CDC released a paper that has many women considering placenta encapsulation concerned. In short, a woman in the United States had decided to her placenta encapsulated. Shortly after the birth, her baby was treated for signs of GBS which the woman previously tested negative for. The baby was treated with antibiotics and sent home with the parents. Days later, the baby was brought into the hospital with signs of GBS again. The mother was tested, including her breast milk and found she did not have GBS. Then the doctors decided to have her placenta capsules tested and found they were indeed positive with GBS and the mother without knowing, continued to recolonize her baby through skin contact.
This situation has left many clients asking, “Is placenta encapsulation safe?” Well, that depends. Yes, placenta encapsulation does come with risk, we acknowledge that. However, Elm City Doulas has taken steps to make sure you and your baby are not put at risk. Elm City Doulas has a trained and certified Placenta Specialist who has received an extensive hands on training as well as taken training in blood borne pathogens and Safe Food Handling course. We do not encapsulate placentas from mothers and babies who have active intra or postpartum infections. We also do not offer raw placenta encapsulation. We steam the placenta and then dehydrate it at a temperature high enough to kill any bacteria. Once the placenta has been dehydrated, each piece undergoes a snap-test. This test will tell us if the placenta is ready for encapsulating.
Elm City Doulas has moved to in-home placenta encapsulation only. Another added safety precaution. What this means is that our clients will keep their placenta in their custody and the placenta will be processed in their home. What this means is when you decide to have us encapsulate your placenta, we will be giving you all the instructions on how to keep your placenta fresh until you arrive at home. This service will provide you with peace of mind knowing that your placenta has not been left out and you will know that this is in fact your placenta. You will also be able to ask any questions regarding the process.
With placenta encapsulation, you only have one shot, you don’t get a do over. So ask yourself, do you want the cheapest or the safest?