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As promised on the Facebook page I've started a blog! I've been meaning to do this for years and there's been a few issues that have come up recently that I feel needs to be discussed. The first issue I want to address is choosing a service provider which I touched on over Facebook.
I can't stress enough to women that they need to be VERY careful when choosing someone to encapsulate their placenta. No, it's not rocket science but there is a lot left to personal decision and interpretation when it comes to preparation methods and standards. For instance there's the great debate about which method is better, raw or steamed. I'm going to talk about that in another blog post though. Theres the matter of blood left in the placenta, extras added during the steaming process, drying time etc etc. And while it's easy to assume that these variables don't make a big difference, they do!
I spoke with not one but TWO women the other day who had their placentas botched and were scared use them. You can't replace a placenta. There's no way to know exactly what went wrong but after showing me her pills, I have some best guesses regarding one of the mothers pills.
I have been passionate as heck about postpartum depression since I experienced it with my first. I spent a great deal of time researching encapsulation after I found out you could potentially avoid PPD by using your placenta. I don't take it lightly, the bonding period after birth is a sacred and extremely important time in both mom and babies lives. Not to mention the partners, moms emotional well being will have implications in that relationship as well.
There are some great ladies offering the service out there, but so your due diligence and ask questions. How long have you been encapsulating placentas? What certifications pertaining to your work do you have, if any? What happens if you get more than one placenta in a day? What is your preparation method? And anything else that crosses your mind. I've had clients very sheepishly ask me questions because they were worried they might offend me with them. If a provider gets offended or huffy because you're asking about their prep and safety methods I'd consider that a pretty big red flag.
Hope this has helped! My first blog post complete. Don't hesitate to ask me any questions you might have.