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Placenta Encapsulation; Some Things to Consider

I have only recently gotten into the birth and postpartum world. I have learned that the birth and postpartum world of professionals are a diverse group. There are women (and men) who have come to their journey naturally; meeting birth professionals along the way and merging into this world. Others like me have made a conscience decision to jump in and get professional training. Both types of professionals make up a supportive and exciting community to be part of.

The art of Placenta Encapsulation is gaining popularity and with that growth begins the potential to elevate the profession. Women in this profession have been doing this for 30+ years. I am thankful to incur their wisdom. Some of these women were not professionally trained. They didn’t have to be at the time. That is cool. These women have wisdom which cannot be taught and their experience make them the teachers — an incredible asset to the rising community. In this era of YouTube and other social media forums, there are others who have been taught wrongly. I see it every day on Facebook, and YouTube. I hear it when I speak to other professionals. It is scary. You may think you are hiring a professional but there are no governing bodies when it comes to Placenta Encapsulation. I will say it again.

THERE ARE NO GOVERNING BODIES FOR PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION.

You; the person reading this, can call yourself a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. How do you know who to trust? How do you know that your placenta is kept safe? I am asking you as a potential client to consider some points that you may not be aware of. I want to put these points in the forefront of your mind so you feel confident in choosing the right service for you and your family

1. Credentials — We all have to start somewhere. I don’t particularly agree that a Professional Encapsulation Specialist needs to have a bunch of practice behind her in order to prepare your placenta. I do however think that some type of schooling needs to be completed in order for the specialist to understand the placenta, and how to keep it safe for encapsulation. Ask for the diploma indicating a course has been taken and passed. Ask to see their food handler’s certificate and a blood borne pathogen certificate too. Ask to see all of their credentials. Police check? Immunization record? You are ingesting a pill made by this professional. She should be forthcoming in showing you all of the up to date training and records she has received.

2. Insurance — This one you can ask but most don’t carry insurance. Only one company in Canada will insure a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. In order to obtain insurance your encapsulation specialist must hand in their Sanitization Protocols, diplomas, certificates, and resume. It is a lengthy and carefully scrutinized process. If your specialist is practicing a 100% transparency model, insurance is easy to obtain. Professionals carry insurance. Period.

3. Contract — This is to protect you and your encapsulation specialist. A contract is in place to highlight boundaries and guidelines to keep you both safe. Read through the contract carefully. Understand the safety protocols she has put in place to keep you and your placenta fit for encapsulating. Ask her any questions you have about the practices before you sign. Once you sign and put a deposit or full payment down you may not be entitled to a refund.

4. Pick-up — your Placenta encapsulation specialist should never be in full possession of your placenta. The placenta belongs to you and legally you are free to do with it as you please, but the responsibility is yours, not your Placenta Encapsulator’s.

5. Place of Processing — Here is the number one controversy Placenta Encapsulation faces right now. With the agency I choose to certify through I am only allowed to encapsulate in your home. I truly believe in this practice. I will back this argument up time and time again. The bottom line is that my business practices will always be transparent. You can see my sanitization process, my diplomas and certificates. You will see that I am working with your placenta, you can see the ingredients, and be 100% knowledgeable about what you are ingesting. Professionalism is of utmost importance when you are ingesting a capsule. 
Stay informed and follow your intuition. Placenta Encapsulation is a beneficial and well documented practice. The professionals that mean to serve you want you to feel great, empowered, and enjoy their services. Good intentions are partnered with love and caring in the world of birth and postpartum specialists. Please make sure that all of this love is practiced in the safest and most professional way.