23 Jul CDC on Placenta Encapsulation: Indianapolis Doulas Responds
The CDC recently released news about a late onset Group B Strep infection in an infant* whose mother consumed her encapsulated placenta, and we’ve gotten a few questions about it. We wanted to address those issues and explain why we feel confident in our placenta encapsulation process even after the release of this document.
There are a few noteworthy things to address in the article.
- The placenta was encapsulated in the home of the encapsulator rather than the home of the client. We are 100% committed to encapsulating in the home of the client, as encapsulating in the encapsulator’s home opens the door to many variables. In fact, it is possible the placenta in question wasn’t even the placenta that belonged to the person who consumed it. Once the placenta leaves the possession of the person it belongs to, risks increase exponentially.
- This placenta was encapsulated using the raw method, which means it was not cooked before it was dehydrated. Group B Strep will die off when exposed to dry heat of 131 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes**. During our steaming process, the inner temperature of the placenta reaches 160 degrees and then the cooked placenta is dehydrated at 160 degrees for 18-24 hours. Since we don’t have a study proving that GBS infection is killed when a placenta is dehydrated at 160 degrees for 18-24 hours, we cannot guarantee that our process eliminates any risk of the GBS infection existing in the capsules we provide. What we do know is that our process theoretically will get rid of any infection that may be present because of the study showing the infection is killed at 131 degrees. While we wish we had plenty of detailed quality studies of GBS placentas being processed, unfortunately the research isn’t out there.
- Anecdotal evidence. We have encapsulated for many GBS positive clients and have never had anyone have this happen to them. This is of course anecdotal and can’t be used as proof, but it is noteworthy.
Something like this is very scary and definitely something to ask questions about to make sure you and your baby are kept safe. This situation is also exactly why we have such high standards with encapsulation and we take that safety very seriously.
For clients who feel it is not in their best interest to move forward with encapsulation, we would be happy to refund the fees with no questions asked.