Think of your placenta - if you can - as a meat product.
When you’re cooking, you keep your meat fresh, in the cool refrigerator or freezer, and at a certain temperature prior to cooking.
When you cook, you make sure your meat reaches a level of warmth to eliminate bacteria growth and make it safe from contamination.
We treat your placenta similarly, making sure it reaches a temperature above 65 celsius during the steaming process, to eliminate bacteria.
While it’s possible to achieve dehydration at a lower temperature, we dehydrate your placenta at 165 F, well above the level that moisture can cause mold, growth of bacteria and more.
When your placenta is completely dehydrated, it’s dust dry! That makes it shelf stable and helps us to confidently say that it is safe for ingestion.
So, yes! Temperature matters in the process. It’s also why we clearly print instructions for transport to share with your care team, whether you’re taking your placenta home or having it picked up by a specialist, so we can ensure we’re following the World Health Organization’s recommendations for safety standards.
Above and beyond may take more time, but it’s well worth your peace of mind!
We often are consulted by new families who dealt with meconium during the labor process and are worried it might contaminate the placenta.
Don’t worry! Meconium staining is NOT a contraindication for encapsulation.
The placenta has two layers protecting the tissue, an amnion and chorion, that adhere to the tissue and surround the cord.
Prior to encapsulating, we soak the placenta in a vinegar rinse to act as an astringent on the meconium, then thoroughly rinse prior to removing the membranes.
The membranes act as a protectant to the tissue beneath, and keep it from the placenta itself.
Meconium obviously is something you wouldn’t WANT to ingest; that said, it is sterile.
We maintain safety standard practices when handling placentas with outcomes of birth such as meconium, due to our dilligent training and certification standards that align with the WHO and OSHA standards of disease prevention, sanitation and more!
So don’t fret if your sweet baby pooped! We can work with that.
I’m sure you’re wondering how our specialists keep safety standards in mind when encapsulating. It’s of utmost importance to us, whether in your home or in our lab space, that we’re treating your placenta as gently and sterile as possible. How are some ways we go about this?
We use as much disposable equipment as possible
If we can throw it away and use it as single use, we do! Cutting boards, pokers, contact paper, gloves, aprons. Everything is just for you.
We use a 10% bleach solution
Before, during and after handling, all tools, surfaces, and items are handled with a bleach solution to decontaminate, clean, and keep the area sanitized.
We steam the placenta
Steaming brings the temperature of the placenta above that where bacteria can thrive and also maintains hormone and nutrient retention.
We dehydrate at a high temperature
Dehydrating is meant to be a slow, steady removal of moisture. It’s important during this time to keep the placenta from becoming a site for bacteria growth. To do this, we keep that temperature of the placenta higher than bacteria can thrive, and when it’s dehydrated, it is free of any moisture.
We transport or help you transport with care
Our transportation package ensures your placenta is safe and treated according to OSHA regulations and the World Health Organization standards for blood borne pathogens to ensure decontamination is a non factor.
Safe, trusted handling of your placenta by professionals is the sure way to have peace of mind when ingesting your capsules!
Your specialist is happy to explain to you the process - reach out today!
With the growing interest in placenta encapsulation, many pregnant women are looking for the right method, trusted service offering, and insurance that their placenta is prepared safely. In light of recent findings by the CDC surrounding an incorrectly processed placenta, we’d like to take a moment to highlight our safety standards when working with you and your organ.
We Abide by the World Health Organization’s Transport Safety Guidelines
Our encapsulation specialists abide by the rigorous training standards from our certifying body, Placenta Benefits, Inc. By following the World Health Organization’s Transport guidelines for organs, we can assure that the placenta is being handled with the utmost safety, care and lowest risk of contamination. These standards include keeping the placenta in watertight and leak proof containers, on ice or refrigerated below a temperature where bacteria can grow.
We Use a 10% Bleach Solution - On EVERYTHING
When your specialist arrives, they will begin by sanitizing a space in your kitchen, the sink, and all areas they will be working with a bleach solution to eliminate any traces of bacterial contamination. All items brought for the encapsulation process will be sanitized in kind; as many throwaway items are utilized as possible, from pokers to cutting boards. All reusable items are stainless steel. The same process is repeated after the placenta has been prepared.
We Come To Your Home
One of the benefits of encapsulating with BAPE is that we entrust the transport of the placenta to the client! At no time after proper containment is assured is the placenta out of a clients’ care. We bring all of our own materials to the home of the client so there is complete transparency before, during and after the process, for not only peace of mind but assurance of thorough care.
We Are Trained and Certified
By attending an in person training and completing several hours of placentophagy coursework, our clients enjoy knowing that we are prepared to follow all sanitation standards and also inspect and examine the placenta for abnormalities and reasons to halt the process at any time during encapsulation. We also provide quite a bit of anecdotal information about the placenta while clients are home, allowing them to learn a bit more about the process.
We Steam The Placenta and Dehydrate it at a Temperature that Kills Bacteria
By steaming the placenta for 15-20 minutes above boiling water, we allow the organ to come up to a cooked temperature appropriate for consumption. Any remaining risk of contamination is eliminated when that organ is then sliced and placed upon the dehydrator and removed of moisture at a high temperature, above which bacteria can live.
We Provide Safe Dosage Instructions
After completing the placenta pills, we go over thoroughly dosage and storage instructions for the best results with each and every client. This allows you to be confident that you’re delivering the right nutrients back to your body, safely.
We Are On Call For Questions
Even after we leave a clients’ home, we’re not finished with our service of care. We’re always on call for questions, and continue to check up on each of our placenta clients throughout their dosage months to see how they’re feeling and help them navigate their postpartum recovery.
If you feel comfortable and confident in your certified specialist, you will enjoy your experience with encapsulation in a controlled environment, allowing you to thrive during your postpartum with your new baby!
Choosing a placenta encapsulation specialist usually involves a few questions on pricing, procedure and hospital release policies, and booking information. What it should also include is questioning about where the process will be done. More and more families are choosing to have their placentas processed in their own home, and that is the only option Baltimore Annapolis Placenta Encapsulation provides. Here’s why so many new mothers are trusting BAPE to handle their encapsulation:
Sometimes the idea of having a placenta cooking in your own kitchen can be off putting. “What will it smell like? I don’t want blood and guts all over my countertops!” are often stated concerns when we introduce in home encapsulation. Usually, family members who are a little less interested in the process might be present, and new parents are reluctant to have them exposed to what they may see or smell.
The positives of having your own placenta in your home are endless! First off, there is little to no smell that comes from the placenta during the process. Encapsulation also takes up very little space in the kitchen. Our specialists bring all their own sterilized and sanitized equipment, and thoroughly prepare the kitchen and cover their workspace, so there’s no worry about placenta parts being next to your chicken dinner. Those that don’t want to see/hear/smell anything don’t have to worry; when the placenta is being processed the entire procedure is very discreet.
The convenience of processing in home allows curious parents to not only see and learn about their placenta, but observe the meticulous countermeasures in place to insure no cross contamination or breach of sanitation standards. Specialists themselves are fully covered and prepared to make sure they do not handle the placenta in any way that isn’t OSHA regulated for safety.
The placenta is in your own kitchen! It’s your own organ, in your own home with its exposure to the everyday allergens and environment that you’re used to. The full transparency of the procedure gives many peace of mind that they are receiving the best quality pills after encapsulation, that their placenta was treated with the best materials and care, and that there is little margin for error within the home. No transport hazards or equipment failure outside of the home, outside of your control, need be fretted over!
Want to learn more about our procedures and policies surrounding placenta encapsulation? We know you’re entrusting us with a priceless, one of a kind piece of your recovery - let us handle it with the utmost care and around your schedule. Contact us today to schedule your postpartum wellness visit with a specialist!
I wanted to touch on a very important subject today - I delivered by third baby a few weeks ago so I am here to talk about something people ask me all the time: “How do you keep it together and get through the day with three kids under 5”. My answer honestly is that you do what you have to do and get through the day without any expectations.
Here are some of my tips for making the self love easier during your postpartum period.
I am not putting on a face for anyone.
That’s right! No make up on, hair up in a bun, I’ve got a dress on and my nursing bra on. I’m not worried about looking put together before anyone comes to the door. That’s not what this period is about! It’s about taking care of yourself or taking care of your baby. I don’t put myself together before people come over.
Don’t Worry about making requests of the people coming over to your house.
Set boundaries and delegate. If people are coming to your house to hold your baby - make sure they bring you something to eat! Make sure they’re coming over and doing something while they’re there; entertaining your kids, putting in some laundry, doing something helpful around the house while you’re holed up on the couch tending to baby.
Also make sure people know that if you’re expecting them at a certain time to be punctual! Nothing is worse than sitting waiting for someone to come over that said they would be there at a certain time and it keeps you from from feeding the baby, taking a nap, taking care of older siblings or leaving for errands and appointments, etc. You’re the inflexible one at this juncture and that’s okay!
Don’t worry about the scale!
Seriously! I have quite a ways to go to get back to my pre baby weight and I am not worried about it in the slightest! I lost a certain amount of pounds they day I came home from the birth center with my new baby and the rest of it will come off when it comes off. I’m not worried about fitting into anything; it’s summer time and hot and I need to go with the flow and go for what is comfortable and easy! A lot of my pre pregnancy stuff and pregnancy things in the summertime are flowing and big! This is me - Mom face and all. The small stuff isn’t that important!
This is only a season of life! Remember that during such a special time and remember to be gentle with yourself. You welcomed a human being into this world, and life will never be the same. Nor should it. Embrace the changes and the transition of yourself into this new self and role during new motherhood, for the first or multiple times!