Tips for Hiring a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist
This article was also featured in Natural Mother Magazine
Placenta encapsulation is growing in popularity and awareness of the amazing benefits it provides. More women are seeking out placenta encapsulation specialists to provide this unique service to them. Due to the demand increasing from pregnant women, more birth professionals are seeking to meet the demand. However, as a consumer it may be challenging to navigate how to find a specialist and what qualifications and training they should possess.
For those who aren’t familiar with placenta encapsulation women report the following benefits:
• Decrease in Baby Blues
• Reduced risk of Postpartum Depression
• Mood enhancement
• Increased energy
• Reduced recovery time after birth
• Replenishes and restores hemoglobin from blood loss during birth
• Increased milk supply
• Hormone balancing
• Lochia (postpartum bleeding) decreased amount and duration
You are convinced that placenta encapsulation is for you or may now be strongly considering it. Great! Let’s discuss how find and choose a professional that provides this fantastic service. You may turn to Google and simply search “placenta encapsulation + your state and/or city”. You may ask friends for recommendations if you know someone who has had their placenta encapsulation. You may search a directory of specialists from a training organization. All of these are great ways to find a specialist.
It’s important to know that placenta encapsulation is not currently regulated or licensed in the United States. There are various ways of training and education available; through online, independent study and in-person workshops plus mentoring. One training method is not superior than another, the quality of the content is more important than how it’s delivered to the specialist in training.
When considering hiring a specialist, you want to be sure they have had specialized training in handling blood-borne pathogens – additionally what their sanitation procedures are. It’s okay to ask them about their training and how they learned, most placenta specialists will gladly disclose that information to you. For example, I myself did independent study. My knowledge and training derives from a variety of sources; culinary college, ServSafe sanitation, blood-borne pathogen course through Biologix plus the community of professional placenta encapsulation specialists share generously with one another. When I decided to learn about placenta encapsulation in early 2009 there was only one available training method online, thankfully now there are several options to choose from to meet various learning styles.
When you select a specialist consider what methods they offer and where they perform placenta encapsulation. Some providers only offer this service in your home, which is great if you want to observe the process – however if you are a private person and desire not to have your babymoon interrupted you may prefer they do at their residence or office. If the notion of a placenta being prepared in your personal kitchen is uncomfortable for you, you can ask or request they are able to prepare it at another location.
Regarding methods of preparation available, generally they are TCM, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and raw. Some specialists may exclusively prepare the placenta with only one method and some may offer various methods. It’s important to discuss the methods they offer and the pros and cons of each method. They can help you navigate which method is suitable for your needs.
You might want to consider inquiring about the quality of equipment used for the encapsulation process. For example, a professional placenta encapsulation specialist will not be using an oven. Additionally there will be several items used that are disposable.
It may be important to some how seasoned a specialist is, you can ask her how many placentas she has encapsulated. Additionally, feel free to ask for references from past clients.
The cost for placenta encapsulation will vary depending on where you live typically, but the average is about $300-500. A specialist may offer other custom placenta products like salves, tinctures, and placenta prints which can impact the price.
As soon as you decide you want to have your placenta encapsulated you should locate a specialist near you so you may reserve their services. It’s never too late into pregnancy to contact a professional placenta specialist, I’ve even had a few clients hire me as late as the day of the birth or the day after their baby was born. Your placenta specialist will provide you with information on proper keeping and storing of your placenta until they begin the process of encapsulation.
I’ve included the a list of placenta encapsulation training organizations if you are considering offering this service and directories below so you can find a Placenta Specialist to hire.