The Issaquah Doula strives for the highest standards because our clients deserve nothing less. I am proud to have aligned my trainings with an organization who values professionalism and holds the bar for high standard goals within this industry. ProDoula has taught me Labor, Postpartum and most recently Postpartum Placenta Specialist training with their launch of Placenta Prep. A two-day, hands-on extensive training program where a handful of us learned first hand from our nation's Placenta Specialist, Deb Pocica who has been preparing placentas since 2009.
According to the World Health Organization's Guidelines for the Safe Transport of Infectious Substances and Diagnostic Specimens the following practices should be observed:
- Specimen containers should be watertight and leak-proof
- If the specimen container is a tube, it must be tightly capped and placed in a rack to maintain it in an upright position
- Specimen containers and racks should be placed in robust, leak-proof plastic or metal transport boxes with secure, tight fitting covers
- The transport box should be secured in the transport vehicle
- Each transport box should be labeled appropriately consistent with it's contents
- Specimen data forms and identification data should accompany each transport box
- A spill kit containing absorbent material, a chlorine disinfectant, a leak-proof waste disposal container and heavy duty reusable gloves should be kept in the transport vehicle
As your Postpartum Placenta Specialist, I will provide you with the required materials above to ensure the safety of the transportation of your placenta. Once you or someone you trust has transported your placenta to your home, I will arrive to begin the 2-day process. I only require your space for about two hours for two consecutive days. Trained in postpartum support, being there in your home during this process is invaluable.
The only appropriate place to care for a woman's placenta is in the home of the woman who birthed it. These high standards of excellence are in place for the safety and peace of mind of our clients.
- You can be confident that the placenta is in fact yours as it is the only one in your home and you were responsible for it's transport
- There is no risk of your placenta being exposed to any unfamiliar bacteria that may interfere with the healthy postpartum recovery as opposed to being prepared in an environment with zero client control i.e.; someone's kitchen or workspace
- As a Postpartum Placenta Specialist, I can support you best when I am with you. I am trained to educate and support you during this period and I want you to reap the benefits of my offerings.
Though Placenta Encapsulation is not currently regulated by the state, I believe the standards that ProDoula has set will be ones that will be modeled after. Other organizations encourage their encapsulators to personally transport placentas and process them in their own homes. ProDoula's desire for professionalism prevents their specialists from behaviors like the aforementioned, which dilute the professionalism of this industry. Additionally these practices have the potential to cause uncertainty for the postpartum woman during an already stressful and transitional time.
The potential uncertainty of a client is not a risk I am willing to take.
Discussing this method with Seattle's Health Department, it was said that the method to prepare the placenta in the client's home is a smart, professional way to conduct this sort of business to prevent the possible spread of bacteria to mother and baby.
As a graduate from Placenta Prep and receiving a Certificate of Completion of the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard from OSHA you can feel secure that your Issaquah Doula is professionally trained to treat your placenta with respect and certainty.