Doing a search on doulamatch.net will show you that many doulas are offering placenta encapsulation, but upon reviewing their website it is not mentioned or there is little mention about how they came to offer it. You may also find several names that come up in your area when you do a Google or Facebook search. What's an expecting parent to do?! How do you know who to entrust with this service? After all, you only have one placenta to work with. STL Postpartum takes placenta encapsulation seriously and we've put together a few ideas of things to look for or questions to ask to determine if your specialist is right for you.
Who did they train with or learn from?
There are several organizations that offer training for placenta encapsulation. These organizations provide crucial information regarding the care of the placenta from birth through pick up and processing. There is special care involved regarding the time the placenta is at room temperature after birth, how, when and where it is transported and processed, and even the preparation for processing! Self taught may not be off the table, but if your encapsulator is claiming self taught, you may want to ask very specific questions.
When will the placenta be picked up and how long until it will be processed?
As I mentioned, this is important information. The placenta is a raw organ and has time frames that it can be at room temperature or even at refrigerated temperature. Over the years we have seen some horror stories in regards to the hold time of placentas. You want to know specifics as to when the placenta will be picked up, how it will be kept at proper temperatures, how it will be transported, and how long it will be held until processing.
What process do they use to prepare your placenta for encapsulation?
This may vary between encapsulators as well as client preferences. Some good questions to ask are if they encapsulate in the clients home or their own work space, what procedures they follow to ensure cleanliness and prevent risk of cross contamination, and if they offer raw preparation or steamed.
What is the timeline?
Optimally, placenta capsules should begin being consumed within the first week after birth. Ask your encapsulator what their timeline tends to look like, and what may possibly cause delays.
Some who are looking for this service may be unsure if they really want to give it a try and some may know they are prone to postpartum mood disorders and they depend on their placenta to help alleviate those challenges. Your specific situation will create different wants and needs in your experience with placenta encapsulation.
We hope this helps you choose a placenta specialist that is the best fit for you!
Looking for a placenta encapsulation specialist in the St. Louis area? Send us a message and we would be happy to discuss how we can help! www.stlpostpartum.com/placenta.html