19 Oct DIY Placenta Encapsulation?
If you are a do it yourself-er in other parts of your life, you might be thinking about encapsulating your own placenta also. Because, why not? It’s only a placenta, right?
Actually, no. If you are already a professionally trained or certified in placenta encapsulation, #1 below will be my primary concern for you. If however, this is something you’re thinking of doing because it sounds cool or as a one time thing..and you do not have any training or previous hands on experience with it, then I beg of you to be cautious.
I’m never going to tell you that you can’t DIY your own encapsulation. What I will do, is lay out a little bit of reality for you so that you can see why it’s not what I would recommend.
We have to get real about DIY placenta encapsulation.
Some say DIY encapsulation is worth it because it saves money.
Ok, I can appreciate that. But is that all there is to it? Of course not. Let’s break down the reality and downsides.
Downside #1: Convenience is relative.
You have just had your scrumptious baby. Either through your vagina, or through a cesarean section. Your body is tired and now it’s time to stand in the kitchen with your placenta. While your body craves rest and recovery, your placenta demands attention.
Exactly what you want to be doing, right? If not, then the imagined convenience of doing it yourself, has suddenly become very inconvenient.
Alternative: Hire us to support you in your home while expertly processing your placenta with efficiency, compassion, and the safest protocols available.
Downside #2: Don’t get it wrong, you only have one!
This is a one of a kind placenta. Your placenta. The only one you’ll have from the pregnancy you just went through, masterfully growing an entire human. It cannot be replaced like a pot roast or package of chicken breast. You have one shot at turning it into your unique supplement which is safe to consume and improper handling will ruin this opportunity for you.
You must ask yourself: Am I willing to risk rendering my placenta unusable or making myself sick if I were to get this process wrong because I don’t have enough of the right information, or am so tired that I forget the steps?
Alternative: Bring in the ones who know. Let the experts focus on getting it right so you can focus on yourself and your family.
Downside #3: Blog tutorials and YouTube videos do not a safe encapsulator make.
Seriously. There is a laundry list of ways to compromise safety when handling/processing a placenta and relying on blog tutorials or YouTube for instruction puts you on the fast track to that list. 5 minutes in a Google search or cruising YouTube will demonstrate the troubling lack of consistency in instructions, protocols, safety standards, and the basics of how to encapsulate a placenta.
The realities of Blood Borne Pathogens, proper ways to heat and cool your placenta, dehydration times and temperatures, equipment safety and sanitation…are just a snapshot of puzzle pieces to this process. Each of which requires professional training to truly be prepared.
If you are dedicated to processing your own placenta, the only recommendation I can in good conscience make, is to take a professional training such as Placenta Prep. This will ensure complete knowledge and hands on experience to keep you and your family safe.
Alternative: Enlist the Postpartum Placenta Specialists in your area who will adhere to and demonstrate to you, the highest standards of processing and safety. This detail is invaluable to your postpartum recovery and a positive experience.
DIYing your placenta encapsulation may sound like a savvy solution on the surface. In my professional opinion, your health and well being is worth more than a surface solution.
For more information on encapsulation services with Doulas Northwest, email Kristyn at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (360)602.1564.