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?
There are a variety of training options for people interested in preparing placentas professionally. The two most popular training and certification organizations are PBi and ProDoula. I have been trained by both organizations but have chosen to only certify with ProDoula. Both organizations stress the safety of only processing in the clients home, which is very important to me. The most significant difference between the two is that ProDoula’s Placenta Prep is an in-person, hands on workshop where students process a placenta under the guidance of a trainer, while PBiU is self guided and online. PBiU students learn to process placentas by watching a video after completeing a series of studies and a comprehension test. In the future, Chinook City Doulas will only be working with ProDoula Placenta Prep Graduates.
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?
In recent history, it has been the norm for Calgary placenta professionals to pick your placenta up from where ever you gave birth, or have it delivered to her home. She would process the placenta in her kitchen or in a designated work space. I have heard of placenta professionals who process in their immaculate designated work space and I have heard some horror stories of filthy houses and placentas being processed on messy kitchen tables with children playing or eating at the table and pets nearby.
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?
Will you need to make arrangements for your placenta to be dropped off to the placenta professionals home? Will the person you are engaging to prepare your placenta capsules be picking the placenta up from the location where you give birth? Is it possible they may need to send someone else? How many placentas do they transport at one time and what methods are used to ensure that your placenta is not mixed up with another?
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?
In the Calgary area you will find placenta professionals offering the raw method of placenta preparation and the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) inspired method. You may want to independently research each method to learn more about why clients choose one or the other.
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?
Your safety should be a placenta professionals top priority. It is not unreasonable to inquire about the safety procedures that the placenta professional you are working with uses to protect you, your family, herself and future clients. How does she sanitize equipment before and after use? Does she have a set of written guidelines? What Personal Protective Equipment will she wear to protect herself and you?
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?
At Chinook City Doulas our Postpartum Placenta Specialists are also Postpartum Doulas. During the 4-hours your Postpartum Placenta Specialist is processing your placenta, there are many opportunities to utilize her expertise. Our focus is always on offering complete support to our clients. We love to take a moment to help you get into a comfortable feeding position, or stay for a few minutes after processing your placenta to teach you how to use that new baby carrier. You can expect your Postpartum Placenta Specialist to check in with you at regular intervals throughout the first year of your baby’s life. If for any reason, you don’t feel like yourself, we are happy to assist you in finding the resources and support you need. We don’t just make you a few pills; we are available to support your transition to parenthood. Additional postpartum support may also be scheduled.
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!