After the birth of your beautiful baby, I will pick-up your placenta at your place of birth (hospital, home, birthing center) and begin the encapsulation process in my home in Bellingham, WA. I will thinly slice the placenta into small strips (after it has been steamed, if you've chosen the Steamed Method), and dehydrate. The dehydration process takes upwards of 24 hours depending on your chosen method. After the dehydration process is complete, the pieces are then ground into a powder and filled them into capsules. The capsules will be stored in a glass amber jar that I provide. On average, a placenta will yield between 80 and 150 capsules when completed (though commonly yield more). I use all of my own equipment (unless you request that I use yours), so no need to provide me with anything except your placenta!
After you book your services, you will receive a follow-up email with further instructions on how to secure your placenta based on your place of birth.
Specific instructions given after booking!
Using the lowest temperature of all the methods, Raw is believed to retain the most iron, aiding in Postpartum Anemia. This method yields the most capsules, is fully dehydrated, and is not steamed prior to dehydration.
A fair even ground between Raw and Steamed, the Balanced Method uses a slightly higher temperate than Raw. All other aspects are the same! This process yields slightly less than Raw. As with all the methods, herbs are never added.
This is the most popular and recommended method.
Also referred to as Traditional Chinese Medicine method (TCM), the placenta is steamed prior to dehydration. Because this causes to placenta to shrink, this method yields the lowest number of capsules and is believed to release more hormones during the steaming process.
This is the least popular method.
Any raw organ meat (such as the placenta) will colonize bacteria if not properly handled. Proper refrigeration during storage and transportation are absolutely crucial. I am experienced and confident in transporting your placenta and have have a perfect track record of a large number placentas safely transported.
I have over 96 hours of formal training in technique and safety. I have been fully trained in food safety and a hold food handlers card. I have completed a blood borne pathogens training specifically designed for placenta encapsulators that is OSHA certified. Being well established in the Bellingham area, I have a deep knowledge of placentas and a positive reputation with health care providers. You can trust me to know exactly how to handle your placenta in a way that respects your health.
Your safety is paramount to me, so I never work on more than one placenta at a time per location. If two clients give birth on the same day I complete the first placenta, fully disinfect and then complete the second placenta. Each receives my full attention to detail and safety, including rigorous documentation from start to finish which you receive a copy of.
The entire preparation surface is cleaned before and after with a 50% bleach solution to prevent cross contamination. I also do a clean water rinse to remove bleach residue.
Because my equipment comes in contact with many people’s blood products, it is imperative that it be properly disinfected every single use in order to prevent cross contamination. My protocol requires everything be washed in hot soapy water, rinsed, then fully immersed in a 10% bleach solution for 20 minutes (I also do a final clean water rinse to remove bleach residue). This is the standard required by OSHA & the EPA for disinfection and is designed to kill STIs and blood borne pathogens. I also replace our equipment whenever pitting or cracking is found and use disposable products whenever possible. I do not reuse: dish sponges or cutting boards. To add an extra level of safety I use concentrated bleach which is 8.25% sodium hypochlorite instead of standard bleach which is 3-6% sodium hypochlorite. This exceeds OSHA requirements.
Many businesses will cause a reader to feel uneasy with the idea of their placenta being processed in another work space -- please take complete comfort in knowing that I take care of each and every placenta and it's processing, with the utmost care, respect, and SAFETY. It is not just the final product that matters, it is your entire experience. I have 100% transparency in my work and will answer any questions that you feel may be unanswered. Do not hesitate to contact me.
Serving: Bellingham, Sudden Valley, Deming, Geneva, Lynden, Ferndale, Blaine, Birch Bay, Everson, Nooksack, Sedro-Woolley, Mount Vernon, Glacier, Burlington, Skagit County, Whatcom County, Island County, Lummi Island
Doula Q Placenta’s services have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not meant to prevent, treat or diagnose any disease, illness or symptoms. Clients understand that they are assuming all risks and benefits on their own profound belief of the placenta’s healing and nutritional properties.
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