When ingesting your placenta, the risks are the result of improper storage, preparation that does not follow food safety standards and sub-par sanitization procedures.
Do you have liability insurance coverage?
At Chinook City Doulas, we know preparing your placenta is NOT comparable to baking cookies. Cookies are not an irreplaceable human organ. Cookies are not a bio-hazard containing possible bloodborne pathogens. Furthermore, Chinook City Doulas is a business NOT a bake sale. No one on our team is willing to take a chance with their livelihood or their family's financial security by performing services without liability insurance, no matter how careful we know ourselves to be.
Your peace of mind, health, and safety should be your placenta specialist's number one priority. Insurance not only means that if something goes wrong you can be compensated but most importantly, that an insurance provider was willing to take the risk of insuring the person encapsulating your placenta. Insurance companies are not gamblers, they assume smart risk. By investing in insurance coverage your placenta encapsulation professional shows that she takes her business seriously and isn't going to cut corners, act unreliably or unprofessionally. In order to qualify for liability insurance, we were required to submit proof of all training and certifications the insurance provider deems acceptable. We also submitted detailed accounts of our sanitization policies and procedures for approval.
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What people forget is that there are several tools and pieces of equipment that a placenta encapsulation professional uses for every client. That means that when she comes to prepare your placenta in the afternoon, some one else's placenta may have been in contact with her equipment that morning and another could come in contact with it tomorrow. Knives, pots, grinders, capsule machines, and dehydrating equipment all require sanitization based on bloodborne pathogen regulations. The safest placenta encapsulation begins with proper training, including up-to-date Bloodborne Pathogens Certification and Postpartum Placenta Specialist Certification with a respected training organization like ProDoula. Don't be afraid to ask for proof of these certifications!
When it comes to sanitization the only acceptable method is soaking in bleach solution or commercial sanitizer. It is acceptable for the placenta encapsulation professional to perform a pre-sanitization (spraying the equipment thoroughly with bleach/commercial disinfecting solution) in the clients home prior to returning to her own work space for complete sanitization. All other methods are inferior. While autoclave-style heat sterilization sounds very professional, much of the equipment used to encapsulate your placenta is too large to fit in an autoclave or pressure canner and other items are plastic and would not withstand the heat required to sterilize the item (although I must admit, the equipment sure looks fancy in medical sterilization packaging). If your professional uses vinegar, Norwex cloths, or other natural products only - RUN AWAY NOW. Vinegar and other "natural" methods of disinfecting do not kill HIV or Hepatitis that may be lurking on her equipment from a previous client.
What happens if you are sick or unavailable when I have my baby?
When you work with Chinook City Doulas for your placenta encapsulation in Calgary, you don't have to worry about interviewing multiple placenta encapsulation professionals to hire one. We have a team of Certified Postpartum Placenta Specialists that have been trained by respected placenta encapsulated training organization, ProDoula. Each member of our team has up-to-date Bloodeborne Pathogens Certification, liability insurance coverage and standardized training. We guarantee one of the top Postpartum Placenta Specialists in Calgary will be available to encapsulate your placenta when your baby is born.
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