The CDC recently studied a case in Oregon and concluded that the unnamed placenta encapsulation company's process was not enough to kill the bacteria in the placenta. Based on this one case, they recommend avoiding placenta encapsulation. (Read here)
Let's be clear, we agree with the CDC's warning against consuming your encapsulated placenta in the way this unnamed company did. We cringed reading this article and are glad more research is being done. But let's point out the elephant in the room: the unnamed company had obviously not been trained, nor certified in blood-born pathogens, and clearly put a higher priority on the "potential" benefits of encapsulation instead of on mom and baby's safety (by dehydrating at a low temperature; normally done in an attempt to retain more of the nutrients).
We have MUCH higher standards and a set process, with safety being the number one priority. What would we have done differently?
1) The placenta would have never left the mother's possession. This reduces any risk for cross-contamination with other placentas and allows you to definitively know you are consuming your own. This is NOT convenient for either party and increases costs, but we put safety over convenience.
2) The placenta would have been steamed before it was dehydrated.
3) The placenta would have been dehydrated at AT LEAST 160 degrees for MUCH longer than in the case study.
We agree placenta encapsulation has risks and needs more research to determine the benefits. Until then, we plan to be above reproach in every aspect of our process and exceed the norm. Our clients are well aware of the risks and choose us because they know we will provide the best possible service while keeping their safety our number one priority.
If you've weighed the risks and want your placenta encapsulated, make sure you hire someone who puts your safety over convenience.
You can find out more about our service here http://omahabirthconnection.com/placenta-encapsulation
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