What to ask your placenta specialist
The answer many women are now answering, "YES!" to now. The benefits of placentophagy (consuming your placenta) are spreading like wildfire, which really excites me. When I was pregnant with my first child, I had no idea people did this. With my second child I wasn't ready to understand the idea. My initial reaction was very similar to the general populations, "EWW WHY?!", but I didn’t actually listen very well to the why. When a good friend had her placenta encapsulated I did a little more googling and realized that the placenta is indeed an amazing organ. The placenta is the life line for the fetus, it filters waste, it provides oxygen, it produces hormones, it fights internal infections. In short, it is amazing. Its job doesn't have to end at birth though. Many women are searching for placenta specialists to transform their placenta into capsules and other remedies. The benefits are amazing. Who wouldn't want to increase their milk supply, have more energy, have a speedier recovery time, reduced chance of baby blues, less postpartum bleeding, and an overall better feeling after baby?
So, what do you do when you've decided yes! This is for me. You search for an encapsulator. Everyone looks great, they are kind, personable, their websites are beautiful. So how should you choose? I personally feel I make great connections with my clients. I love when they come back to me and say they feel wonderful and they are thankful for what I provided them with. The search shouldn't stop there though. There are a lot of great questions that you should come prepared when you're searching for an encapsulator.
What is your sanitizing protocol?
It's definitely not wash, rinse, repeat. Although encapsulators all may work differently, everyone should follow basic OSHA standards for dealing with blood borne pathogens. Bleach should be used when sanitizing equipment and work areas. Essential oils are not strong enough or tested to kill things like Hepatitis or HIV. Try to find someone who has been certified to work with blood borne pathogens.
What kind of equipment do you use?
Seems like a simple answer, but you'd be surprised all the variations there are. The dehydrator should have a temperature gage, so they know how hot the dehydrator gets. They should use a top mounted fan to avoid contamination. Most importantly, they MUST use a dehydrator. No ovens, no toaster ovens, etc. An oven will cook your precious placenta and leave it at risk for bacteria growth. Some may say that using the oven on a low temperature is ok, but you want your placenta to be spectacular, not just ok. You don't want to take the risk.
What other certification do you have?
Try to find someone who is either trained or certified in safe food handling. Each county and state has different ways to complete this. It is to ensure your placenta is being stored and handled properly. A good food safety class will teach you that the placenta may only stay out at room temperature for 4 hours before needing to be refrigerated, and a placenta can only be refrigerated for 3 days before needing to be moved to the freezer. Also, the proper way to defrost a placenta is not in a vat of warm water or on the counter, it is in the fridge. Even if it takes a little longer, we all want to stay as safe as possible.
What kind of instructions or FAQs can you provide me with?
Although placenta encapsulation is a very, go at your own pace and follow your body's cue, type of remedy, your encapsulator should still give you good information and guidelines to follow. They can usually offer suggested intake, proper storage protocols, such as storing in cool dark places, no refrigerators as your pills can mold and be completely ruined. Also your pills need to be stored in dark glass like amber or cobalt, no clear glasses such as mason jars. You want to protect your precious pills from direct light. Your placenta encapsulator shouldn't drop your package and run, they should be able to answer your questions to the best of their abilities.
These are a few hard and fast rules that I abide by in my quest to provide a good, safe, beneficial service to the community. It's not always the most expensive is best, least expensive is bad, or based on personal connections. I hope this helps others in their search for the perfect placenta specialist.