Finding a placenta encapsulation specialist in your area might be simple, or very difficult! We put together a small list of ways you might be able to find one in your area.
1. Check with local doulas, childbirth educators, lactation consultants, midwives, and family centered chiropractors. Placenta specialists usually connect with these types of businesses because they offer complimentary services.
2. Check listings of placenta encapsulation certifying agencies. This will likely get you names, but many placenta specialists choose not to certify so it will not be an inclusive list. Some certifying agencies are: IPPA, APPA, and Brilliant Birth Academy.
3. Ask in your social media circles! You would be surprised at how many new mothers are choosing to encapsulate their placentas. If you friends or mom group companions cannot produce a local name, they might know someone who does!
4. In the event that you do not have someone near you who does placenta encapsulation, reach out to a specialist in a nearby city. There are ways that placentas can be shipped, or they might be willing to drive outside their service area for an additional fee.
One thing to be wary of is someone in a different profession offering to do your placenta for free. While it is not difficult to encapsulate on your own there are important guidelines to uphold to ensure you do not unintentionally contaminate the placenta! Placenta specialists receive special training on bloodborne pathogens, time and temperature controls, how to check for spoilage, when it is not safe to encapsulate, medical or medicinal contradictions, guidelines for dosage, etc. You only get one placenta per birth (unless you are having multiples, but you get the idea!), be sure to entrust it to a properly trained professional.
If you would like to contact us to help you find someone in your area, we would be happy to assist you.