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Looking for somebody to encapsulate your placenta? The Issaquah Doula agency currently has the ONLY TWO Postpartum Placenta Specialists north of Olympia.
But there are plenty of placenta encapsulators throughout King County right?
So what makes Issaquah Doula stand out?
YOUR SAFETY. YOUR HEALTH. YOUR PEACE OF MIND. oh and this little diddy by the World Health Organization:
According to the World Health Organization's Guidelines for the Safe Transport of Infectious Substances and Diagnostic Specimens the following practices should be observed:
Issaquah Doula loans you a kit and takes your safety a STEP FURTHER and only processes your placenta in YOUR home.
Since you are responsible for the transportation of your placenta from your chosen place of birth to the safest environment after, (your own home) you are 100% guaranteed that the placenta being processed (and ingested by you) is in fact the one that nourished your baby.
No other encapsulator of placentas can guarantee that.
If it is being processed in a "work space" or their own home kitchen, YOU WILL HAVE DOUBT. Doubt that the placenta belongs to you, doubt of their handling process, doubt of their sanitation and equipment. Just as a child's top can make you dizzy, so can the list of encapsulators in our area.
The training and standards that Issaquah Doula instills within their agency supersedes this dizzying collection. We are deliberate and intentional with raising the bar within our community.
Because your safety, health, and peace of mind are OUR priority.
On average 9,000 babies are born annually within the four Swedish facilities here in the PNW.
Each Issaquah Doula typically spends upwards of 18 hours with each of their clients with prenatal and postnatal visits including the duration of the birth. The time spent with a doula affiliated with the Issaquah Doula agency is valuable. We encourage conversations about your birthing and parenting philosophies and we take time to determine what comfort measures will suit you best. Your doula will be an integral part of your birthing team, not only supporting you but your partner as well.
A lot of our clients are delivering at the Swedish hospitals throughout King County (First Hill, Ballard and Edmonds), but most notably here in Issaquah. The relationships that have been built on professionalism and the bridges that have been constructed with care have taken time and effort. The midwifery staff, nursing staff and doctors have been welcoming and receiving of the Issaquah Doula agency.
Keeping up to date and knowledgeable about the hospital policies is key for a doula to work in synchronicity with the hospital staff. The doulas affiliated with the Issaquah Doula agency have been given the tools to obtain such policies and the outcomes have been glorious. Swedish Hospitals throughout the greater Seattle area have benefited from the doulas affiliated with the Issaquah Doula agency. Each month Issaquah Doula participates in the Midwifery Centering class. Teaching the expecting parents about the roles of a doula and answering questions. The Issaquah Doula agency has carried out many conversations with Swedish staff and attended the on-site Breastfeeding Drop-In to determine the community's need for a Postpartum Support Group, now another faucet of care and support for our growing community.
My agency has a ProDoula foundation. Each of the affiliated doulas have been trained/certified by ProDoula. The certification process is extensive and leaves each doula with a better understanding of the facilities she works at with her clients, along with being CPR & First Aid certified.
Our Postpartum Placenta Specialists have the highest standards of practice in the industry. We follow strict guidelines set forth by the World Health Organization and we are the only Postpartum Placenta Specialists who can guarantee that the placenta you are consuming is in fact the one you birthed, since you are responsible for its transportation and we process inside your home.
I aligned my agency with the doula certifying organization that understands the value of professionalism within our industry. I aligned with ProDoula to instill strength into my community. I chose ProDoula doulas for my agency because professionalism and compassion are the core values in my philosophy.
When you hire through Issaquah Doula, your doula's backup is built in. That means that essentially you are hiring the whole team. We are able to collaborate on ideas, gather information and provide you with the comfort and support you need to have a fantastic pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum period. The moment you sign a contract through the Issaquah Doula agency, your contracted doula is available to support you via phone, text, email or in person. There is no waiting until you are full-term, we are there from day one and we will remain by your side for as long as you desire.
Having the team of Issaquah Doulas at your beck and call leads to a desirable postpartum period. You may parent with confidence in knowing that your Issaquah Doula supports all of your choices and she will become an extension of you and/or your partner.
The fluidity of support by extending your care by utilizing the expertise of a postpartum placenta specialist, knowledge and comfort of a postpartum doula allows the transition into parenthood to be as seamless as possible. Our postpartum doulas are trained to recognize behavior that falls outside the range of normal. She will help care for your newborn, your older children and teach you newborn tricks that correspond with your parenting philosophies while preparing delicious meals for your family. Our Postpartum Doulas also provide Overnight support so that you may rest. 24 hour live-in care is also available.
The training and continued education our doulas receive is standard within the Issaquah Doula agency. The team of doulas meets regularly to stay current in our field. The doulas affiliated with the Issaquah Doula agency are professionals. Each of us are providing for our families and we understand the importance in our role as your doula. Our commitment to excellence puts you first.
The ProDoula family extends it's on going support to all their doulas and by maintaining professionalism with the nations most progressive, and compassionate doula certifying organization you can have confidence in the doulas you hire through the Issaquah Doula agency. Choosing to hire through the Issaquah Doula agency provides you with doulas who were trained by the same certifying organization, implementing the cohesive and professional support you deserve.
You are our number one priority. You have the opportunity to attune and connect with our affiliated doulas. Our agency doulas provide you with support, education, information and validation. We trust in your ability to birth. We believe in your choices. We hope you choose to hire through Issaquah Doula; where you will find integrity within the care you will receive from one of our agency doulas. We will surpass all of your expectations.
The Issaquah Doula agency is your leading professional support and we look forward to serving your family!
When you choose Issaquah Doula to encapsulate your placenta, you can feel confident in the service you will receive.
As Professional Postpartum Placenta Specialists we are committed to you. We uphold industry standards to ensure the safety and treatment of your placenta.
Prior to giving birth Issaquah Doula will provide you with a Placenta Transport Kit and contact information so that you may signal us when you deliver.
According to the guidelines set by the World Health Organization, you need to be responsible for the transport of your placenta. The kit we loan to you has everything you need to safely store and secure your placenta with proper labels and required spill kit accessories.
Once your placenta is safe in your refrigerator your Postpartum Placenta Specialist will arrive and begin the encapsulating process. Using all of our own equipment and only a portion of your countertop, you will hardly take notice. Being trained as postpartum doulas we are devoted to support you during our stay. Perhaps you need breastfeeding support or someone to listen while you recall your birthing experience? We are there. And we are coming back tomorrow! The entire process requires us to share your space for about two hours for two sequential days.
These extra details matter. Since you were the one storing and transporting your own placenta after delivery, you know that the placenta being processed in your home is in fact the one you birthed. Having a postpartum doula in your home just days after delivery to provide support, education and comfort will be emotionally rewarding to you and your family during this transitional time. With you in mind we use only latex-free gloves and vegetarian capsules. We even take the extra time to wipe off each individual capsule, so that any leftover residue will not be tasted.
Every step to the entire process has been fine tuned with your comfort and safety in mind.
When you choose Issaquah Doula to encapsulate your placenta, you can feel confident that you've made the right choice.
Serving all of King County, Washington.
I grew up watching my mother breastfeed my younger siblings. It was the normal thing to do in our house.
When I was ten my parents became Foster Parents and within a few years our home was shared with over 200 children.
A lot of these children were infants. It was unusual for me, as a young impressionable girl who only knew about Breastfeeding, to watch and to help my mother formula feed. But it became a new normal. I embraced it.
When I had my first son, I knew without a doubt I'd breastfeed him. And I did.
With our second, things got complicated. It hurt. My son screamed and my nipples bled.
Thankfully my neighbor and friend was not only a doula but a LLL Leader! Jula the Doula. She was my saving grace. She helped me try different nursing positions. She brought me lanolin for my sore breasts. She also passed no judgment when I supplemented with formula while I gave my nipples a much-needed rest.
After the scabs healed and I mentally prepared myself, she was there to help. She showed me how to get that proper latch.
I never had these difficulties with my firstborn.
Finally my second child was nursing like a champ.
By the time our third son made his boisterous appearance I was grateful for the hardships and for the advantageous experiences I'd already endured. I was ready for anything.
I'm thankful for watching my mother nurture not only my biological siblings but my foster siblings as well.
If you need assistance with Breastfeeding or want judgment free support, I'm here to be your "Jula the Doula".
"Do Not Touch" was recently scribbled on a piece of lined paper and taped to a plastic container in the office refrigerator.
There's always someone forgetting their lunch and sneaking into your sack to "borrow" your yogurt, apple or sodapop.
Wouldn't you love to see the surprise in their eyes when they discovered the contents within this particular container?!
A human placenta.
A doula took her client's placenta in order to give it to the placenta encapsulator, but first had to go to her new day job for her scheduled shift.
Solution? Why a piece of paper ordering her co-workers to KEEP OUT of course!
This is real life.
But this does not have to be your life. As a PROFESSIONAL Postpartum Placenta Specialist trained by the amazing Deb Pocica and upholding standards set at an industry high by ProDoula, you will have #nodoubt that YOUR placenta is treated with respect, honor and professionalism.
One of the main differences is we supply our clients with a Transport Kit that meets the World Health Organization's guidelines. You are responsible for the transport, this way your precious placenta NEVER leaves your sight. We arrive to your home to not only process your placenta into encapsulated pills, tinctures and salves, but we are there as Postpartum Doulas. We can answer questions and assist you during this transitional time.
Our clients are grateful for this professionalism. They know without a doubt that their placenta is in fact the one they birthed and that it was NEVER in a communal refrigerator in jeopardy of being contaminated or worse!
The Issaquah Doula agency is proud to uphold ProDoula's high standard of practice here in King county Washington.
Interested in having your placenta encapsulated? Hire a professional.
If you google "postpartum" you will be overwhelmed with articles relating to depression.
Postpartum does not always equate to postpartum depression. Instead, postpartum is simply the time after the birth of your child.
You know, that fog of time that blends together chock-full of crying, diapers, feedings and lack of sleep.
Did you know that you can hire a Postpartum Doula to support you in this transitional time?
What does she do? When does she come? How do I hire her?!
Your Postpartum Doula is professionally trained to provide newborn care along with making sure your needs are met. She focuses on your bond, as this is of great importance throughout this time. She is certified in basic life support and first aid. Your Postpartum Doula is happy to help. She may do light housework like: dishes, sanitize bottles, sweep, laundry and straightening up. She can prepare meals for you and your family. Sometimes you forget to eat! She can make easy to grab snacks so you have no excuse. A bowl of hard-boiled eggs, cut up veggies and fruit and maybe even a batch of cookies would make your life so much easier and happier.
She is trained to recognize signs that are out of the norm and she can refer you to a professional that can meet that need.
Your Postpartum Doula is an extension of you. She respects and follows your parenting philosophies. She will not arrive in your home with an agenda. Like your Birth Doula, she supports every choice you make.
Your Postpartum Doula happily works for your family day and night! She can work day shifts with a minimum of four hours and overnight shifts with a minimum of eight. Overnight Doulas gift you with sleep! If you are Breastfeeding, she will bring baby to you and then retrieve baby after their feeding. She will burp, change and soothe your little one back to sleep so you can rest. If you're using formula, you may sleep uninterrupted for the entire night! Your Overnight Doula will care for your baby so you may be prepared to seize the day. Some Postpartum Doulas provide Live-In packages for a few days immediately beginning once you arrive home. This means her support is constant while your family adjusts to life with a newborn.
The support that your Postpartum Doula provides is tremendous. The postpartum period can be challenging and sometimes leads to postpartum depression. Lots of women have attributed this depression to feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and feeling judged and unsupported.
Why not ease this transitional time with professional assistance?
We're here to help.
Skipping down the yellow brick road to DoulaLand we encounter others who challenge our thoughts, morals and professionalism.
An advocate is a spokesperson, a fighter, someone who publicly recommends something.
As a professional doula, I am not an advocate. I will not take power from my clients and speak for them. I do not have a pair of red leather boxing gloves in my doula bag, I will not fight on behalf of clients. The only things I will be recommending are position changes and comfort measures.
Vigorous campaigning to bring forth change.
We are talking about birth. It is not my job to save women from doctors, hospitals and procedures. It is my job to have faith in my client and to support her philosophies. My clients are able to choose their care providers and birthing locations based on what is right for them.
Birth Activists belong on the courthouse steps with slogan shirts and pickets, not in the birth room.
I believe wholeheartedly that my clients are strong, capable women who can speak for themselves. As their professional doula I will encourage my clients to find their voice. I will create a pause. I will trust my client and I will always give her all the support she desires.
It is not my birth.
Doulas who blur these lines are effectively giving professional doulas a bad name and hospital bans are being put into place.
I am grateful for understanding the difference.
I refuse to be a vigilante doula. I choose to honor my clients by upholding professionalism to the highest extent.
Just as Glinda trusted Dorothy to find her own way, I too believe:
"You had the power all along, my dear."
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:
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.
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.
Throughout my life I have been faced with issues that shape me. I often find myself standing up on my handcrafted soap box with my cheerleader megaphone and pouring my heart out for what I believe in. More often than not, I'm left standing all alone. Except for now.
There is a #doularevolution happening. And I'm part of it.
This revolution is shaking the ground all across the country and I am responsible for some of the quakes. See, for many years the role of a doula has been deemed our responsibility to society. Culturally women have gathered around women during childbirth to assist them in this primordial transition from woman to mother. I get it. It's in our nature to nurture. But it's time to evolve.
The destruction of the common misconception is occurring. What is the common misconception? There are a few. First, is the notion that women NEED a doula. Guess what? You don't. Women have been giving birth since the dawn of time and though birthing with the support of a doula has been proven to drastically improve the outcome of the birth, we are not necessary or responsible for it. You WANT a doula. To educate you, to comfort you, to support your birthing and parenting philosophies. You want the luxury we provide. Two, this bizarre idea that doulas should work for free or for pennies. I think this ideal is stemmed from the nature/nurture thing and it's truly devaluing this profession. Yes, you read that correctly. PROFESSION. This is not a hobby. I am not an #oxytocinvampire. I am a ProDoula; and in more ways than one.
So, what's the solution? The plan? My contribution? It's simple.
The solution is to promote doulas across the country as professional, certified, businesswomen and men. Get out from under those prehistoric rocks and value yourself and the women you serve. It's okay to earn a living wage! Doulas work. Hard.
The plan is to increase the living wage of doulas everywhere by elevating the roles of doulas. We are valuable, important and key players in the birth team. We deserve to be compensated for our time. Though you may think the doulas on this money-mission are greedy, take a moment and ponder how they pay for their training, certification, business licenses, insurance, websites, extended education and tools of the trade. Just one client could consume anywhere from 6-46 hours of doula face-time. (sometimes longer!) It is absurd to think she should be away from her family for this time without being paid.
My contribution is to promote this #doularevolution and to shout into my megaphone about how important it is. I may not be the popular vote in my neck of the woods, but like I said before, I'm used to standing alone in my beliefs. The difference is the amount of like-minded support I have from across the globe. Together we are showing the world that we matter. We are making changes. Doulas are succeeding and the ones who balk, badmouth and shame are going to be left trapped in the subterranean bitumen, burned out and broke.
Don't you know it's going to be all right? Yeah. All right!
I want to hear from all the mothers in my community. Share with me your joys of motherhood. Make me laugh or make me cry! Is it those precious bumps, thumps, and butterflies of your baby within? Or when you first heard your little one exclaim, "I love you!" Maybe it was the time you took photos of them with their Prom date? Share those moments with me, and if I choose your essay as the winner, your beautiful story will be featured here on my blog. Plus, Jak's Grill has graciously donated a $50 gift certificate to the winner!
Essay must be no more than 500 words and submitted through email. Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org If a photo is also submitted it may be used online with the feature's announcement.
Entry deadline is April 30. Winner will be announced May 3.