24 Mar Placenta Encapsulation in Indianapolis
Earlier this month, three of us attended a ProDoula Placenta Prep training. I am basically the least likely person to ever take such a training, but I’m always growing, so I decided to check it out.
And boy, was it worth it.
A Personal Perspective
I didn’t really know what to expect going into this training. I was nearly six months pregnant at the time of the training, and have been pretty sensitive to sights and smells throughout this pregnancy. I was mostly afraid that I’d barf.
But I didn’t expect to be deeply, deeply touched by what I learned.
On day 1, we began to process the donated placenta. I donned my safety equipment and got in line to take a turn draining the placenta of blood. When Deb placed the placenta in my gloved hands, I felt a rush of energy. It felt like an adrenaline rush. I stood there with the placenta in my hands, and just held it for a moment.
It had the consistency of a jellyfish.
Then I began milking the blood out of the placenta. (Now that is a sentence I never imagined typing!) I asked questions and worked as instructed by my trainer. And just like that, my turn with the unprocessed placenta was over.
As I walked away, I was struck by an overwhelming urge to start crying. I didn’t, but something about handling that placenta stirred deep emotions in me.
And I knew that then that there really is something special about this organ that nourishes our babies within our womb.
A Professional Perspective
At Indianapolis Doulas, we are always striving to better ourselves for the sake of our clients, and are committed to being the best of the best in all of our services. And after this training, I can say with confidence that we offer the safest placenta encapsulation in the Indianapolis metro area, and adhere to the highest standards available in the field.
The key factor that sets us apart is our firm stance on processing placentas only in the homes of our clients. The client transports their placenta home, and all processing takes place in their home. In this way, we guarantee that the placenta the client ingests is indeed theirs. Further, this reduces the risk of bacterial contamination, since all germs in the clients home are germs the client has already been exposed to.
We will never pick up your placenta and transport it in our car. We will never process your placenta in our own kitchen. And we know this is the safest way.
I’m really proud of myself for training to be a ProDoula Postpartum Placenta Specialist. The training definitely helped me open my mind to the process of placenta encapsulation, and I’ve decided to have my placenta encapsulated after I deliver this summer!
I’m also more confident than ever in our decision to encapsulate exclusively in the home of clients. Beyond the safety issues, all of our postpartum placenta specialists are postpartum doulas. That means our clients don’t just get a bottle of capsules; they get one on one support from a compassionate, professionally trained doula who is an expert in the transitions that accompany the postpartum time.
And that’s something I can get behind.