Questions to Ask Your Placenta Encapsulator

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Placenta Encapsulation has been a hot topic for pregnant people and healthcare providers alike recently. With families in Charlotte often calling us to learn more, we decided to compile a list of questions you should be asking before you book your Placenta Encapsulation. Uptown Doula makes it top priority to ensure the safety of each of our clients that books this service with us and we believe in asking the right questions!


1. Where do you Encapsulate?

Where your encapsulator processes your placenta is incredibly important. Do they have a dedicated space or will their family be eating dinner next to your placenta? Do they have pets that could introduce different microbial elements to the delicate microbiome of your placenta?

Uptown Doula will only process your placenta in your home. We feel it is the safest for our clients as it ensures that there are not foreign elements to your placenta and it never leaves your possession. There is no risk of it being confused with someone else’s and you also get to watch the sanitization process.


2. What is your process?


Your encapsulator should be able to walk you through each step of the process they will be performing.


Uptown Doula completes a thorough sanitizing of the area we’ll be working in, and steams, dehydrates, grinds, and encapsulates the placenta over the course of two days.


3. Can you guarantee a certain number of pills?


Unfortunately, it’s impossible to guarantee a certain number of pills. The yield from the process varies based on the size of your placenta. If anyone gives you a guaranteed number, run! There’s a possibility they will add herbs or other foreign substances to increase the number of pills.


4. Are you Blood Borne Pathogen Certified?


BBP certification is important to ensure the proper disposal and cleaning of any organ that contains blood. The proper procedures should be employed to make sure that there is no cross-contamination and pathogens have been destroyed.


5. Will you use a raw or low temp method?


Knowing this is key to making sure you’re using someone you trust. Doing your own research on this topic is key. A raw or low-temp method is supposedly less invasive and yields more capsules. However, a raw method does leave you open to the risk of pathogens that cannot be destroyed using low temperatures.


Uptown Doula will not use a raw method of encapsulation, we use a method close to the Traditional Chinese Method.


6. Who are you trained through?


There are encapsulators who process Placentas with no formal training. Asking this question leaves nothing to chance, and gives you the information you need to make the best decision for you.


7. At what point would you not encapsulate?


If a fever occurs during labor, your placenta should not be processed. There are a few other situations in which safety is in question, and these should definitely be discussed.


Placenta Encapsulation has been reported to aid in healing, milk production, energy, mood stabilizing, and more. The benefits of this process are many but the safety of it is often debated. By asking the right questions, you can take your safety into your own hands, leaving nothing to chance. Your safety is the absolute top priority of Uptown Doula when you’re finding your Postpartum Placenta Specialist in Charlotte.

Interested in placenta services? If so, you can do that right here! We are standing by to answer all your questions and help point you in the right direction.