That was a direct quote from me one year ago. And I totally meant it! Every word! I could not even begin to fathom picking up a clients placenta and taking it to my house. Have you ever been to my house? It’s not awful, but we do have two adults and up to five boys living here, plus 2 very long haired, 100 lb dogs. It’s a bit like controlled chaos. I actually love it! But does it seem like a good place to drain, steam and dehydrate an organ from your body that you hope to ingest? I mean, I know I eat a little dog hair in my soup every once in a while. I am totally ok with that, but in YOUR placenta? NO NO NO! That is disgusting, and guess what? I am not the only doula who has kids, or pets, or a standard messy house.
And don’t even get me started on the horror stories of clients receiving the wrong placenta. Ya, that is just as awful as it sounds. You can see how that might happen right? Like if I’m processing multiple placentas at once? Oh, you think that is gross too? I agree! This is why I swore, out loud, I would NEVER process placentas.
So fast forward a few months and I come across a brand new concept in placenta encapsulation safety. Processing in the client’s home only! You transport your own placenta (in a special kit, we provide). We come to you, bring our own sanitized equipment, process your beautiful placenta into pills, and leave your kitchen cleaner than when we arrived. Your house may not be spotless, but it is YOUR stuff, not mine. Our doulas are blood borne pathogen certified and trained to the highest safety standard available. While we are there, we are available to answer questions about your new baby, your recovery, breastfeeding, hemorrhoids..whatevs!
DING! DING! DING!
Everything has changed! BirthME is offering this service now and I actually love doing it! I know that it is safe for our doulas, their families and of course our clients. You only get one placenta, why would you take a chance with less than the best?
2 thoughts on ““I will NEVER process a placenta…ever, that’s gross!””
Such a great idea!!!! I couldnt even imagine not getting my own placenta…
I love you, Paula! So real. When I first heard about placenta encapsulation, I’m pretty sure my first thoughts were… Yuck! I never imagined I would actually process placentas myself, but now I think it is so cool! In the client’s homes, following safetly protocol, of course. 🙂
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