Placenta Curious | Your Place or Mine?

Doctor offices, dental clinics, hospitals, and restaurants – what do they have in common?

Regulations. 
Each of these facilities are held to third party regulations which help to ensure their code of practice, safety regulations, and sanitary process are met.
With regular inspections, health inspectors can locate potential health risks and notify the public. While the chances of contracting a blood-borne disease from unsanitary equipment are rare, having inspectors give the facilities high standards to follow, and the public peace of mind.
When it comes to placenta encapsulation in Canada, there are no health inspections. There is no regulatory board to ensure safe and sanitary methods are being upheld.

Your home or mine?

When you picture where your placenta is going to be processed, you may be imagining a lab or restaurant style kitchen. With no regulations in place, most placenta encapsulators process your placenta in their home. 

You are the inspector.

When your placenta is done in your home, you can feel confident in knowing that your placenta is prepared in a place you are comfortable preparing food in. If there are food allergies within your home, you know that there will be no accidental cross contamination of gluten, dairy, or peanuts.

Your bacteria or mine?

In recent years, more evidence has arisen on the microbiome within your home being beneficial. It is believed that there are many benefits to how the microbiome is colonizing for the mother and the baby.
During dehydration, bacteria within the air is absorbed into the placenta. While the bacteria in your home will not have negative effects on your body, the bacteria in your placenta encapsulator’s home might. Your body may need to fight harder to ensure you and your baby do not get ill.
Your Postpartum Placenta Specialist spends two hours on two consecutive days in your home. The first thirty minutes of each day is spent sanitizing and preparing your kitchen. Once the first day of processing is complete, the only thing that is left in your home is the dehydrator. Between 12 and 24 hours later, your placenta specialist returns to your home to finish the encapsulation process. At the end of both days, your kitchen is left cleaner than the conditions it was found it in.

The Ick Factor

Postpartum placenta specialists in Edmonton understand that not everyone is comfortable with the idea of having a placenta processed in their home. A postpartum placenta specialist works discretely as you take the time to cuddle your baby and catch up on some Netflix originals or dive into a book.
During encapsulation, if you are curious, your postpartum placenta specialist can answer any questions, while you snap some photos and learn more.
Your placenta is something that cannot be duplicated, and you deserve to know that your placenta pills are made in a facility which you approve of, with no doubts of the sanitary conditions it was processed in, and confident that the placenta capsules are created with your placenta.


By Terra Landmark

Landmark Doulas is your source of compassionate care during pregnancy, birth, and parenthood. Terra and her team provide childbirth education, professional birth services, placenta encapsulation, as well as postpartum and infant care to the families in Edmonton and surrounding areas.