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.