As a Certified Postpartum Placenta Specialist with dual training, I have compiled a few questions you may want to ask when looking for the right person to make your placenta pills.
1. What training/certifications have you completed?
The ProDoula Placenta Prep program creates confident new Postpartum Placenta Specialists, who have accessible support and easy access to trainers for answering questions as they arise. You can learn more about the high safety standards of ProDoula's Placenta Prep in their blog post Let's Raise The Standards.
2. Where will my placenta be encapsulated?
The best way to ensure that you know your placenta is processed in a place you're comfortable having your food prepared, is to process it in your home. You are protected from outside environmental contamination and your Postpartum Placenta Specialist's family is protected, too. In addition to the peace of mind you get by having your placenta pills made in your home, you also receive extended postpartum support. Our Postpartum Placenta Specialists are also Postpartum Doulas, available for feeding support, questions about newborn care and information about your postpartum body. We also provide each of our clients with extended follow up. As postpartum doulas, we are trained to identify postpartum mood disorders and will assist you with finding the resources you need, if you find you do not feel like yourself.
3. How will my placenta be transported?
We believe the only person transporting your placenta should be you or someone close to you. We provide our clients with instructions for packaging and storing their placenta prior to their inviting our Postpartum Placenta Specialist to their home to complete the encapsulation process. By transporting the placenta yourself and never allowing it out of your care and control, you can be certain it was properly stored, and belongs to you.
4. What method(s) of preparation do you use?
ProDoula's Placenta Prep utilizes the TCM inspired method. The raw method of preparation doesn't meet Food Safety Guidelines and we believe it poses health risks for our clients that, as a business, we are not comfortable assuming. Your placenta should be first steamed to a food safe temperature and then dehydrated at a temperature that won't encourage bacterial growth.
"Deb [Pocica] does not want her students to "meet the minimal safety standards.” She doesn’t even want her students to offer, “average safety standards.” She insists that her students provide the absolute safest standards in the industry."
5. What are your sanitation and safety procedures?
Our Postpartum Placenta Specialists sanitize their equipment thoroughly between uses. Reusable equipment is sanitized and washed upon arrival to your home, and the process is repeated prior to leaving on the second day. This ensures that all of our clients can feel safe having their placenta processed by Chinook City Doulas Ltd. Our Postpartum Placenta Specialists are required to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment including a mask, safety glasses and gloves.
The only way you know, is if it's done in your home.
6. Can you provide additional postpartum support? Are you qualified to do so?
Want more? There are 4 more Questions you should ask your Calgary placenta encapsulation professional in our follow up post More Questions to Ask Your Placenta Professional.
We hope that this helps you to find the right placenta professional for you. Enjoy your happy pills!