Placenta Encapsulation is Supported

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Placenta Encapsulation is Supported

There are people that ask why placenta encapsulation is supported by so many moms and those of us who provide this service? I tell everyone who inquiries with us at First Coast Doulas, there have been very limited studies done on the consumption of the placenta. The studies that have been done are old, outdated, and weren’t double blind. There is no evidence to support or disprove the claims that it can help or hurt anyone. I am very forthcoming that one person’s experience may not be the same as the next. So it’s natural that one might wonder why anyone would support the practice of placentophagy.

Stay with me!

I can’t speak for others. What I can do is tell you why I not only support this practice, but why I provide this service to our community.

Placenta encapsulation is supported by me because:

  1. I will always support women in their choices for themselves without judgement or my own agenda.
  2. I want them to be as safe as possible while doing this.
  3. There is no evidence or studies to prove or disprove anything.
  4. I’ve seen enough to believe it can be helpful.

Women want support in their choices. One of my beliefs is that they should always have autonomy over their bodies, what they do with them, and what they put in them.

More and more women are requesting placenta encapsulation. I’m here to provide this service to them in the absolute safest way possible. Women do not have to settle for subpar standards and service. When they select an certifed encapsulation specialist whose in favor of highest standards and is prepared for regulation of this otherwise uncontrolled industry they are getting the very best the industry has to offer. First Coast Doulas wants better for women, families, and public health.

There’s information out there about placenta encapsulation, good, bad, and the ugly.

Here’s the thing though, there’s no evidence or studies for or against placenta encapsulation. There have been NO studies to date on a large enough scale to prove anything. There are no studies that have been done to say that eating your placenta after encapsulation is dangerous, a waste of time, is only placebo effect, or has benefits! Zero! None!

What we do have are women who are sharing their experiences with other women. They’re saying, “This is why I did it and this how it helped me. This is why placenta encapsulation is supported by me and I’ll do it again if we have another baby.”

I’ve personally seen and heard enough from our clients to believe it can be helpful.

It’s certainly not helpful to all, but to many who take advantage of this practice, it is! From personal accounts (not studies, remember studies are large scale over time) we hear time and time again that there is noticeable difference between taking them and forgetting to take them or stopping them.

I would say it fair safe to make the assumption that placenta encapsulation could possibly help.

Majority say they notice a difference in their energy levels when they take the capsules versus when they forget to take them. We hear partners call them “happy pills”. I’ve had moms come to me and say I had to slow down on taking my placenta capsules because I was producing so much milk. It’s also not uncommon at all for our clients to report back that their anxiety and or depression, in conjunction with or without medication prescribed by their doctors was more manageable while taking their capsules versus without.

All these claims and no evidence is a shame, but it doesn’t stop majority of women from trying this practice out for themselves.

Placenta encapsulation is supported by First Coast Doulas whether it’s reported benefits can be proven or if it’s only placebo effect. We say, if your ingesting your placenta for your own personal beliefs or wonderings and you’re doing it in the safest way possible, go for it!

First Coast Doulas’ clients know without any doubts that they are getting a legally licensed and insured business, one that is trained, certified, and practicing safest preparation.

Clients know the placenta they receive in the capsules is theirs and no one else’s and that it was never exposed to foreign microbiome, airborne or otherwise. Their placenta never leaves their possession. They know that access to accurate information and in person, one on one support for their family on topics such as breast or bottle feeding, diapering, and their postpartum body is complimentary and encouraged during our time working together.

Savvy moms and dads already know some of the challenges they’ll face in parenthood.

The new generation who are raising these tiny humans are deciding to be proactive instead of reactive with their health.

Placenta encapsulation is supported by First Coast Doulas and by many parents and providers. First Coast Doulas is happy to meet families where they are at to help them navigate this journey through life transitions!

Happy birth and parenting from your friends at First Coast Doulas!



Planning to Eat Your Placenta? You Gotta See This First!

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Planning to Eat Your Placenta? You Gotta See This First!

Planning to eat your placenta? You’ve likely landed here wondering if it matters who you turn to have your placenta made into capsules.

It absolutely does!

Having witnessed the benefits of placenta encapsulation I believe wholeheartedly in the practice of placentophagy (ingesting one’s own placenta after giving birth). Planning to eat your placenta after you give birth? Not sure you can “stomach” it? Placentophagy has been made “socially acceptable”, not to mention palatable, by drying, grinding, and putting the placenta into capsules. The capsules are ingested for approximately 4-6 weeks after birth. Tinctures can be used from about six weeks after birth up to about a year post-birth.

Adding placenta encapsulation to post-birth plans has gained popularity amongst new parents.

This rise likely due, in part to so many people having a fabulous experience with placenta encapsulation and telling others about it. Raving that it helped them increase their energy level, boosted their breastmilk production, and either warded off postpartum depression and anxiety or helped them keep it at a managable level. Perhaps the increased demands of life have also led to the modern rise of this age old practice.

We want to feel good after having a baby and look good doing it!

“The irony of placenta encapsulation is that some people are putting their health at risk in effort to feel better after birth.”

Think about that for a moment…

The majority of people who fall into this risk category aren’t doing this intentionally; they simple don’t know or understand the ins and outs of placenta encapsulation. It can be confusing. For one, placenta encapsulation is not a regulated industry. Literally anyone can call themselves a placenta encapsulation “specialist” or any variation of that title. Yeah.

Stay with me!

As a professional postpartum placenta specialist I want you and your family to have the very safest experience, without compromise! We’ve taken the guess work out of placenta encapsualtion and created a checklist that is easy to use and printable. As a consumer, being diligent and deliberate in your search for a placenta “specialist” and asking specific questions will help you stay as safe as possible while healing in positive way after birth.

Qualifications, standards, protocol, training or major lack thereof all vary greatly.

The “specialist” may have learned the “trade” by trial and error or by watching a random YouTube video. Think I’m kidding? I’m not. They may have trained online, been “grandfathered” in, or they may have taken an intensive in person, hands on training.

What problems could arise if you hire the wrong “specialist” to have your placenta made into capsules?

One problem that could arise when planning to eat your placenta is having a “specialist” mix up your placenta with someone else’s placenta! Why you ask? Well first, Y-U-C-K! Secondly, if by chance your placenta is mixed up with someone else’s placenta or if your placenta is not handled, stored, and prepared correctly you can become sick, very sick.

Your family could become sick. Other families can also become sick.

How sick? Well that could range from salmonella and E. coli. to hepatitis B virus (HBV), and hepatitis C virus (HCV). I think those things get most everyone’s attention. Am I right?

How would you know if your placenta was mixed up or mishandled until it was too late? You wouldn’t. The only way to fully ensure the placenta in the capsules is indeed, without a doubt yours and that safe handling, temperature, and storage guidelines were followed is to remain in possession of your placenta every step of the way.

Not sure you want your placenta to remain in your possession and be processed in your own home?

Ask you provider what the risks are of accidental ingestion of someone else’s placenta. Seriously. Then revist the question and decide which seems like the safest choice.

Some “specialists” may say this inside information I am sharing with you is fear-mongering. Call it what you will, fear-mongering or transparency, but last I checked people appreciate avoiding salmonella and E. coli., hepatitis B virus, and hepatitis C virus.

If you’re planning to eat your placenta you’ll want to use this helpful checklist when seeking a “specialist”:

  • Did your “specialist” received hands on, face to face training? Make sure they didn’t learn on YouTube, or from another “specialist” who made up and hosted her own training. Steer clear of those who trained online because in those trainings you don’t actually handle a placenta in the presence of a trainer. Modules and paperwork are not equal to mentors and hands on practice.
  • Was their training with a professional certifying program? Can you contact the certifying body to verify the legitimacy of the “specialist” or hold her accountable if you have a negative experience? Checks and balances!
  • Did the “specialist” take the necessary steps to become certified? Think legitimacy.
  • Was there a test or evaluation given? What does that consist of?
  • Being legitimate also means running their operation as a legal business. You can check the name of their business with your state department. For Florida that is
  • How often is the “specialist” required to re-certify? What does that involve?
  • What other certifications does the “specialist” have? You are looking for a current Food Handlers certification as well as an OSHA bloodborne pathogens certification for placenta “specialists”.
  • Does your specialist have access to professional mentors or trainers to reach out to?
  • Will you lose possession of your placenta for transport or processing by your “specialist”?  If the answer is yes then you may be taking serious risks with your health and the health of your family for reasons mentioned above.
  • Pricing should be appropriate for the level of service you receive. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. Likewise if the price sounds a lot more than you expected its ok to ask why! Your “specialist” should be more than willing to set up a phone call to chat about everything!

My final thought is this: If your planning to eat your placenta you have one chance (with each birth) to get it right! First Coast Doulas is happy to answer any and all questions you and your partner have. In addition we provide a face to face meeting, are highly trained and certified and come with perks! To find out about the perks or to request more information contact us today and experience the very best that Jacksonville has to offer!

View, print, and use this checklist to help take the guess work out of your search!

Placenta Capsules: Sharing More Than Experience, Part 2

Continued  from Part 1, found here.


Sharing More Than Experience Part 2


Placenta Capsules: Sharing More Than Experience

By Abby Anonymous

This person said her work space was safe and there were never two placentas in the same space at the same time. I asked! She gave me her word and now her word meant nothing.

She went on to explain that she remembered distinctly putting my placenta inside the dehydrator with the tray that has a giant crack in it. It wasn’t until after delivering our placenta capsules that she removed the “paper” from the trays to begin the “cleaning” process that she noticed the post-it note with the other person’s name on it on the dehydrator with a crack now and vice versa. She asked her son if he touched it and he said he was helping.

So she does believe the placenta capsules were given to the wrong people.

Then, she apologized profusely, tried to reassure me that the other person is someone she knows well and is healthy. She said she would “make right” what happened. She seemed sincere in her tone and responses, but how can you possibly make right this situation?

You can’t!

When I was telling Elizabeth what happened, she stopped me here and pointed out that the terminology and processes being used by the other encapsulator were throwing up red flags. She said, Post-It notes, children playing with knobs, and  just “cleaning” are not ways to keep people safe.

Elizabeth went on to say, “the client should always keep, transport, and store her own placenta and be met in her own home by a professional so a mix up like this one never has the chance to happen.”

Elizabeth is right.

Elizabeth made her view very clear, “I feel strongly that providing this service in anyone’s home other than the woman who delivered the placenta is irresponsible of a business owner. There can be serious legal repercussions for doing this anywhere other than the client’s home. We have an ethical responsibility to practice as safely as possible”

Again, I think she’s right.

Elizabeth went on to tell me, “All equipment should be kept in tip-top condition. When things wear they should be replaced. With First Coast Doulas that tray with a giant crack would have been swapped out with a brand new one just as soon as it happened. Trays with cracks are not being properly sanitized per OSHA standards. There is a difference between cleaning and sanitizing.”

She is right, again.

Back to my real life nightmare.

This encapsulator mixed up my placenta and called me TWO days after I started taking the pills!

I felt incredibly violated in a way I can’t explain. Our home was broken into once and our belongings rummaged through. I still didn’t feel as violated then as I do about this catastrophic mix up.

I  told her I’d taken 12 capsules that possibly contained another person’s placenta and blood. I told her I’m a nurse. I told her I see people with contagious and infectious diseases every day. I asked her if she understood what she had done. She just sat there, quiet on the other end.

I was naive and trusted her too easily. I hung up on her again and the next several hours I spent crying and being upset. What she had done was unacceptable and made me utterly disgusted.

How do I fix this? How could I? There was no way.

When I calmed down I called her back and reached her voice mail. I left a message, but she never returned my call. For the next couple days I tried to just put it out of my mind. Then I told my husband, and he flipped out. He wanted answers as much as I did. He called and left message after message and she refused to return our calls. She wouldn’t answer text messages or emails either.

I decided to talk to my OB about what happened since she recommended her to me. My OB didn’t seem to understand the urgency of the matter or how I felt. She sort of brushed me off and suggested I keep quiet about it.

I felt sick inside, I felt gross, and I was scared.

I trusted her to help me feel better after delivering our baby, but ironically she did the opposite. I have depression that had gotten worse during pregnancy. Depression was the reason I chose to encapsulate.

I was stunned when I returned for my six week follow up visit with my OB and her information was still being handed out to patients in this very popular doctor’s office even after making such a grave mistake with the health of others.

That was the last time I visited the office and I will not be returning, ever.

I contacted an attorney. Since I have nothing in writing from this woman, no receipt for payment, and essentially no proof this happened to me I can’t really do anything about it. The damage has been done and there is not a single thing I can do about it.

I have to have protected sex with my husband and I’m being even more cautious with my children until we know for sure I haven’t contracted anything from this person who I’ve still never met.

I googled and came across the First Coast Doulas website along with others. I contacted three companies, but Elizabeth was the only one who got back in touch with me. I had read a few of their blogs and felt comfortable having a conversation by phone that led to an in person meeting where Elizabeth let me share without judgment.

Elizabeth answered questions for me that no one else was willing to answer.


Elizabeth also helped me understand that while there are things people can do to be safer, that this was in no way my own fault. She couldn’t give me definite answers about what took place with my placenta, no one could do that, but she offered insight about what may have happened, and listened to me. I am currently seeing a therapist who is helping work through this and other issues and things are getting better each day.

Elizabeth also openly shared a lot about what her process involves and she seems to be very knowledgeable about the placenta, bloodborne pathogens, and how to work safely.

To my knowledge this person is still making placenta capsules in her home kitchen. There is no record of her “business” ever being registered with the state (we checked), and she is still receiving referrals from the OB. She still has not returned my calls or emails.

I wonder if she told the other person about the unacceptable mix up. Her actions tell me that although she told me about the mix up, she still isn’t providing this service safely. According to her website she is still “picking up” placentas.

I never thought I would say this, but if we decide to have another baby and if I try to do this again I’d most definitely hire Elizabeth to handle this delicate process for me. She’s taught what I need to know to be safer, has listened without judgement, and it’s easy to see that she is the best at what she does.

Elizabeth shares what things to be mindful of when selecting someone to encapsulate your placenta:

  • Always ask about their certifications and training. Don’t be afraid to check in with their certifying body to be sure the information they’ve given you is true.
  • Not all trainings are created equally so look into what their standards are.
  • Ask them to describe the process. If they seem to flounder or not explain things clearly there could be issues there.
  • Ask to also see their certification for Bloodborne Pathogen.
  • Lower price doesn’t = best deal. The market is all over the place and confuses consumers. Fees range from $0 to about $350 in our area.
  • While a higher price doesn’t guarantee anything either, a business has to pay taxes, has overhead and supply fees, and the person preforming the job should be compensated well for his/her skills. If a person hasn’t taken the time to factor all of those things into the cost they are not running a business sustainably and could be cutting corners with your safety.
  • Contracts and receipts are important, it tells the customer what to expect, what is expected of them, and shows they have systems in place.

            Last and Most Important:

  • Who takes the placenta and where is it going? Placentas should always stay with the woman who delivered it. It shouldn’t ever be transported in the encapsulator’s vehicle, go to the encapsulator’s home or “workspace”. Workspace generally means the person’s kitchen, around their spouses, curious pets, kids, and foreign germs. How many kitchens would you eat out of without seeing it? Oh and separate workspace tends to me garage or shed.

It was clear after getting to know Elizabeth that she genuinely cares about people, their safety, and her business very much. Thank you Elizabeth for taking the time to care about others, keeping my identity private, and sharing my story.

Placenta Capsules: Sharing More Than Experience, Part 1

We were contacted by a woman, we’ll call her Abby, and she wanted to learn more about our placenta encapsulation process. To be honest her email seemed suspicious. You see, in this business it’s not uncommon to receive emails from non-pregnant folks looking to talk about vaginas, sex during pregnancy, and such. Well, as it turned out Abby had valid reasons for being cautious, using an alias to protect her identity, and for contacting us.

Without further ado, Abby shares her story.

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Placenta Capsules: Sharing More Than Experience

By Abby Anonymous

I will apologize now for the book, but there is nothing that can be cut from my story. Every word and every line is relevant and important. I never wanted to share my story

What I wanted was answers. I wanted to go back to the day she picked up my placenta and change my mind. I never asked for this.

Now, after talking with Elizabeth, owner of First Coast Doulas, I know without any question that I need to share my story to tell others so they don’t make the same mistakes that I did. I don’t know if the other person knows what happened or if there are more people this has happened to. Maybe if the right people in the community share this blog they’ll see it.

What I really want is for others to beware when hiring someone for placenta encapsulation.

I have to protect my identity because I work in the medical field and do not want to be questioned by my colleagues. They already pick fun at me for choosing a more natural approach to all things. They ridiculed and mocked me about my decision to “eat my placenta”, now I wished I would have never told them. At the time they were just a little annoying, but as you can imagine if they found out about this I would be mortified.

Sharing my truth with people through this blog seems like the right thing to do. Elizabeth was gracious enough to sit down with me and explain her process, step by step. From providing the clients with everything they need to take the placenta home to their protocol for sanitization, and she answered all of my questions that she could answer.

It was 6 days after delivery when I received the call I never in a million years imagined I’d get.

It was the person who I trusted to pick up my placenta and return my placenta capsules to me on the other end of the call. Before she even broke the news to me I could sense something wasn’t right.

What she said next blew me away, “I am sorry, but I think I may have accidentally given you another mom’s capsules by mistake. I can pick the bottle up and bring you your capsules.”

What she said next I’m not sure, did anything really matter after that noise?

I hung up the phone in her face. I got sick. I literally became sick to my stomach and vomited not once, but twice.

I called her back and asked her how the hell it happened, who the other person was, and asked if she had spoken with the other person yet? I wanted to talk to her. I needed to talk to her.

I was terrified and rightfully so.

The risks of taking someone else’s placenta capsules means you risk getting any contagious diseases the other person may have. You also risk your body having adverse effects to the other person’s placenta since its complete make up is unique to the person who grew it and delivered it.

The things I thought that day and in the days since: What about my baby, what if I contracted something awful can I pass it to her through breastmilk? I have to tell my husband and we will have to have protected sex until I know for sure I am safe. Why me? How could I of avoided this?

She said she believes her young son might have switched around the Post-it notes she labels the dehydrators with.

Post-It Notes?

What kind of shit show is she running exactly?

She continued, saying she has never had an issue with her son touching the dehydrators until recently and went on to say he has become a bit obsessed with playing with the dials and labels recently.

So this could have happened before and would likely happen again if she didn’t stop. Who knew what else could have happened. Why was the dehydrator around her son?

To be continued…

Read about what happened next in Placenta Capsules: Sharing More Than Experience, Part 2


Placenta Encapsulation; Why in the World?

Placenta Encapsulation; Why?

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Placenta encapsulation is something more and more women are choosing to do. Why? They are hearing stories from friends and family members who have encapsulated and had wonderful results. They have access to the World Wide Web, several social media platforms, and groups to discuss this topic and they sure are glad they do!

But why, why would women want to do placenta encapsulation?

Keep reading!

Women who have ingested their placentas have reported that it has helped them with-

  • increasing energy
  • breastmilk to come in sooner
  • increased breastmilk supply
  • avoiding or lessening the risk of developing postpartum mood issues and the “baby blues”
  • aid in getting the uterus to pre-pregnancy size
  • speed up recovery
  • replenishing lost nutrients and hormones
  • monthly menstrual cycles discomfort
  • with natural pain relief
  • replenishing iron levels
  • reduce or stop postpartum bleeding
  • balancing hormones in menopause

Ask just about anyone who has chosen this natural way to nourish their bodies and you will likely hear testimonies similar to these:

“My placenta capsules have been awesome with energy!”

“I was beyond pleased with the outcome. With my first two children I had heavy bleeding, no milk supply, and battled Postpartum Depression. With my third child I started the placenta pills when he was 5 days old and was floored with my results! My post baby bleeding stopped around 2 weeks, my milk supply came in and I actually have milk to put in the freezer, no PPD in sight, AND the energy boost they gave me helped me kick a terrible coffee habit. I have felt amazingly wonderful post baby and I totally credit it to my placenta pills, if we expand our family again I will hands down purchase this service again!”

This was my 5th birth, but 1st time doing placenta encapsulation. I will definitely will be recommending encapsulation and First Coast Doulas.”

“This is the second time I’ve chosen encapsulation and just like last time I feel great. With my first I had horrible pp bleeding, low milk supply and felt like I was ran over by a truck by week two. Then I struggled with postpartum depression for about eight months. I couldn’t imagine having another baby, the thought made me sad. With our second I decided to have my placenta put into capsules after researching natural ways to heal after having a baby. I paid close to $300, everyone thought I was crazy, I worried I was crazy, but it was worth every penny and more. No problems with energy at all and I had no help after the birth of our second. I was able to breastfeed our son until one without giving any formula and I contribute this to my placenta pills. When we found out we were expecting our third baby my husband started a ‘fund’ for my magic pills and luckily we found First Coast Doulas. I wish I could tell everyone how placenta encapsulation changed my view of having a baby.”


Placenta encapsulation with First Coast Doulas is more than just capsules or a service, it’s an experience! We cater to families who want the best for their families! They know that their safety and happiness is paramount to us!

Get in contact with us today and take the first step toward postpartum happiness!

Here’s another link in support of placenta encapsulation!

Drop That Placenta, Mountain or Mole Hill? Part 3

This is part 3 of a 4 part blog series discussing Placenta Encapsulation and your safety. The inside scoop.

You decide; mountain or mole hill?

Part 1 found here

Part 2 found here

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There’s been some talk lately about, “allowing a stranger into your home” for the purpose of placenta encapsulation. We’re certain this is making a mountain out of a molehill. Stay with me for a minute here.

When I found out I was pregnant with my first, I had to find a provider for prenatal care. I wasn’t sure how far along I was so I wanted to find out and also receive great prenatal care.

I looked up a list of providers who were covered under my insurance and held qualifications to serve me. From there I used a random process of elimination. I finally had it settled down to two. I called and was able to find out which hospital these provider practiced at and from there I set an appointment with one of them since they had the credentials and the time and date I wanted.

I went in, provided urine in a cup (so much fun) and then dropped my panties for the provider who recommended a trans-vaginal ultrasound since they were more accurate than an abdominal ultrasound in the first trimester. I dropped my panties for a complete stranger!?!?

No, for a professional provider of a service which involves removing some of my clothing. NO BIG DEAL.

How many of you can relate to me here? Provider list, eliminate, into stirrups for a provider to do a trans-vaginal ultrasound, yearly vaginal exam or cervical check by one of the on call providers you may have never met or only vaguely think you remember?

Many women do this every single day, it’s not odd, and it’s not strange. Why?

Well, perhaps it’s not one of those services your get all excited about like a massage. Awe, massage, yet another service that requires you shed some or all clothing for to hop onto a table face down to receive a professional service.

Do you see where this is going?

Hiring a professional to encapsulate your placenta in the privacy and comfort of your own home is not strange at all because you are hiring a professional. Someone who has received adequate education, training, sometimes brand new to practicing independently and other times they are veterans. Someone who is running a professional placenta encapsulation business is no different than those other professional services I listed above.

The mobile massage therapist, personal chef, nanny, and air duct repair person or carpet cleaning professionals are perfect examples of professionals that provide a service in your home.

First Coast Doulas are not strangers in our client’s home. We are professionals and our professional placenta encapsulation services include a skype session for anyone interested in placenta encapsulation services alone.

Each person has the choice to meet us before we ever arrive to encapsulate for them. We believe in the safety of clients and our encapsulation specialists as well as a woman’s right to have, keep, and ingest/consume her placenta if she so chooses.

So, it’s very clear to see that the stranger talk is merely trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill!

The question is, why? Why all the drama and hype surrounding this topic? Why a mountain out of a molehill? Professionalism is being compromised for the sake of convenience and to save women money! Safety and professionalism versus convenience and savings. Hmm, something seems off with this picture.

Well, I can tell you the arguments I have heard against our policy for in the client’s home only and I will let you decide; mountain or molehill.

“I had one in the freezer and my husband thawed it for dinner thinking it was a roast.” Mountain or Molehill? My vote, mountain! This is not safe, why is this space being shared with food the encapsulation specialist will eat? Whose placenta is it? What if the husband through some soy sauce on it the final day of thawing to marinade it and the client has a food allergy? This client could get sick.

“Same as preparing food in your kitchen for others like a caterer. Your kitchen would need to be inspected and licensed.” Mountain or molehill? If you cannot prepare food legally for a catering business in your home without a license why is encapsulating someone’s placenta for them to ingest in your home legal? If it hasn’t been inspected how are you certain that the encapsulation specialist’s space is up to your level of clean? Are roaches present in their home? How about their car that they transported it in? Are they willing to risk their own necks to encapsulate for you? One should ask themselves why. How many of you are funny about eating food at a potluck that came from someone’s house you hardly know and whose house you’ve never seen?

“I add dish soap to the bleach when I soak my equipment.” WHAT?! Mountain! This is an unsafe practice that involves doing what the encapsulation specialist thinks is best versus what has been determined safest by OSHA standards. This practice is very dangerous because you are risking cross contamination with a number of things, including someone else’s blood.

“She picked up my placenta 2 weeks ago, but she won’t return my phone call. I feel violated and wish she would just tell me where my placenta is or what happened to it. I pretty sad, been crying about this for days, at this point if she brought me my capsules I think I would just toss them in the trash.” Mountain or molehill? Mountain! Why would someone not get back with a client? This is no way to run a business. Turns out this person wasn’t running a legal business and not surprising she is acting unprofessionally.

“My cat jumped up and pulled a piece of placenta off the dehydrator when I was in the middle of slicing it up and had to stop to get my two year old a drink. I yelled to drop that placenta, is it ok or should I toss it? She only chewed on it for a less than a minute before I caught her. Do I call the vet? WWYD?” Turns out, cats like placenta too.

This isn’t all I seen, stay tuned for the next and final blog in this 4 part series. Find out some ways to stay safe when selecting a placenta encapsulation specialist.

To be continued…



Placenta Encapsulation, Mountain or Mole Hill? Part 1

This is part 1 of a 4 part blog series discussing Placenta Encapsulation and your safety. The inside scoop.

You decide; mountain or mole hill?

First Coast Doulas provides professional birth and postpartum Doula services, family yoga through Grow Yoga, and childbirth education to families living and birthing all over Jacksonville Florida and surrounding areas. We feel confident saying that we lead the way on the First Coast in the safest practice for placenta encapsulation. Our clients agree with that statement and our high standards.

Those who have chosen First Coast Doulas know that we are hands down the best choice for them. Your First Coast Doulas Placenta Encapsulation Specialist is educated on placenta encapsulation, double trained, holds a current food handler’s card, holds a current certificate of completion in bloodborne pathogens and infection control for placenta encapsulation specialists in accordance with the OSHA bloodborne pathogens standard 29 CFR 1910.1030, and equally as important provides this service, like all of our others services in the safety of our client’s home only.

But, it wasn’t always this way. WHAT?!?! Oh no, I came to this place of enlightenment after I began encapsulating for clients, the wheels were set into motion, and then I set out to find a better way.

First Coast Doulas has since found a way to ensure our clients are receiving the very safest and most beneficial service available, our Placenta Encapsulation Specialists and their families are just as safe and comfortable with the process, and our process and specialist is highly respected by medical providers throughout the area for their standards and stance on this matter.

We’ll start at the beginning with a little back story.

Before training as a Certified Independent Placenta Encapsulation Specialist (C.I.E.S.) I read a couple books and did some research into this practice. I was intrigued.

I decided to seek some hands on training. I was taught by an intelligent woman who is also a placenta encapsulation specialist. There was a training held at her home, we went over the history of placentophagy, some of the common hospital scenarios, and proper handling and sanitization.

Then I researched equipment and I invested in all of the supplies I needed to get started in the business. Some supplies were one time use only, others were multi-use items that were of good quality and safe to use according to the food handlers certification and OSHA certification.

I practiced with a few placentas that were donated to me to practice with.

Then, I encapsulated three separate placentas for certification, wrote essays for each, and submitted a test. Then came certification.

I read more studies on placenta encapsulation and this is how it began for me. This was enough for me to get started along my journey as a C.I.E.S.

I was practicing proper sanitization procedures according to OSHA and proper handling set forth by the Florida Food Handlers guidelines.

Along the way, I implemented online forms, procedures to make this process as efficient as possible, and a professional guide to make it easy for clients to line up encapsulation via the internet.

Since training I have heard and continue to hear stories from other Encapsulation Specialists. Stories of two placentas in their fridge waiting to be encapsulated.

I’ve see pictures of women using bamboo cutting boards, these harbor bacteria and are very dangerous and are actually advised against! How could one view this as acceptable?

I’ve seen a picture of a placenta in a Doulas work fridge, the community shared fridge, sitting there next to her co workers lunches, waiting to be taken to her home. NO, just no.

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I’ve viewed pictures of two coolers in someone’s car at one time with the caption that read, “It’s just one of those days!” Pictures of women handling another woman’s placenta with bare, un-gloved hands. Yes, no gloves used!

I could stop there, I mean gross! Unprofessional! What a blatant display of disrespect of the human placenta and breaking all guidelines set forth for the safety of women consuming their placentas.

I read questions in groups on facebook that asked, “What temperature should I be dehydrating on? Does this placenta look dry enough to put into capsules? Why do these have mold on them? How long do you “cook” it for? My dog ate a piece of placenta, will he be o.k.? How many of you allow your kids to help you encapsulate for your clients, do your clients know about this?”

WHAT! Wait, hold up right there!

To be continued…