Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Encapsulator

Posted on: November 9, 2016 | Placenta Encapsulation

So you’re thinking of hiring a placenta specialist.

Encapsulating your placenta is a delicate process with plenty of details to find the right encapsulator for you.

Your specialist is so much more than someone who is transforming your placenta into this amazing resource for postpartum recovery. They are a wealth of knowledge for all things postpartum healing.

Take the opportunity to ask your encapsulation team questions pertaining to the benefits of placenta capsules as you recover and heal. Engage in the process and make this incredible experience even more powerful and personal.

What are the benefits of placenta encapsulation/consumption?

Cultures have consumed placenta for hundreds of years, harnessing powerful healing properties for postpartum women. Women who use placenta as a healing supplement have been known to experience improvements in lactation, mood and physical recovery. The placenta is a powerful organ that contains important hormones that communicate with a mother’s body to begin the recovery process, encourage the uterus to shrink back to its original size, and boost breast milk production.

Consuming encapsulated placenta has also been associated with a reduced risk of postpartum depression and anxiety.

What qualifies a placenta preparation specialist?

In-home encapsulators go through a rigorous program to train them in the physical processing of placenta alongside the importance of the in-home client experience. Specialists should be re-certified regularly and also maintain OSHA-compliant certification for bloodborne pathogens handling and infection control.

Certified encapsulators are well-versed in the postpartum experience, providing valuable insight about placenta benefits as women navigate the postpartum transition.

How do I know the encapsulation is sanitary?

One of the biggest reasons trusted encapsulators use the in-home method of placenta processing is the ability for the client to control the sanitation of the environment. Your placenta should never leave your side and when the encapsulator cleans and prepares your kitchen before beginning to work, you can be absolutely confident that the processing space has been cleaned and properly sanitized. Whenever possible, single-use tools are employed. Reusable tools and equipment are thoroughly sanitized, following OSHA protocols. Submersion in a bleach solution is the safest standard for eliminating bacteria and ensuring a completely sanitary surface. Cutting boards should only be single-use or glass, and the dehydration equipment should be food-grade quality, with the motor on top of the unit to avoid particles falling into it and circulating next time it is used.

How do I get my placenta home?

Your encapsulator should give you all the resources you need to communicate with your health care provider about your plans and to transport your placenta safely. Once hospital staff is aware of  your wishes, the placenta should remain refrigerated to ensure freshness. At Boston Placenta, your specialist will give you handling instructions and a transport kit to bring the organ home safely.

Encapsulation is an incredible experience, so your placenta specialist should be too!

Asking questions ahead of time will effectively screen your encapsulators, finding the right fit and safest option for you and your family.

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