I’m glad you’re wondering about this! I consider it one of the most important aspects of the job.
Placenta encapsulation is an unregulated industry. Training and/or certification is not mandatory. One could watch someone else do it a couple of times (or even YouTube videos) and then go on to call themselves a placenta encapsulator. Crazy I know.
There are a few reputable training organisations worldwide offering certification. Some are better than others based on their depth of training, re-certification, annual renewal requirements and overall practice standards.
When working with a blood product it’s essential a provider have Blood Borne Pathogen Prevention training. When working with an ingestible product, one should also have training in Food Safety.
I’m proud to provide an insured, ethical, professional and trusted service amongst an unregulated industry. I’ve completed the following:
- Placenta Encapsulation Training, Placenta Benefits Inc (PBi), 2012
- OHS Bloodborne Pathogens Prevention & and National Food Safety Practices Certificates, 2012
- Bloodborne Pathogens Training for Doulas and Placenta Encapsulators with Biologix Solutions, 2014
- Placenta Arts Specialist Training, Association of Placenta Preparation Arts (APPA), 2016
- APPA Bloodborne Pathogens Training for Professional Placenta Service Providers, 2016. Renewed 2017, 2018, 2019
- Infection Control Training – COVID 19, Department of Health, eLearning Course, 2020
What sanitation precautions are taken?
All placenta preparation methods involve personal protection equipment (PPE), hospital grade chemical sanitising of workspaces, tools and equipment.
All sanitation procedures adhere to the Australian Government Department of Health Infection Control Guidelines.
My Bloodborne Pathogens Prevention Training has been updated yearly to uphold my APPA certification. You can see the list of relevant courses/certificates here.
I have provided this service consistently since April 2012. Since this time I have encapsulated almost 1000 placentas for women around Perth.
I have a strong referral network from midwives, obstetricians and doulas and a consistent repeat client base; women returning for the service with subsequent babies.
I proudly hold Mentor Membership with Placenta Services Australia (PSA) and I am the WA State Representative for the organisation.
Department of Health standards
Your placenta needs to be packaged and transported according to the Australian Government Department of Health Requirements for the Packaging and Transport of Pathology Specimens and Associated Materials.
The Placenta Kit meets all of these needs.
All bookings receive the Placenta Kit upon booking confirmation, around 36 weeks.
These provide a compact, discreet and convenient solution for placenta storage and transport.
The Kit consists of cooler bag, labelled storage bags, care/storage instructions and collection/delivery instructions.
How can I be assured I will receive capsules from my own placenta?
You are 100% guaranteed to receive your own placenta capsules. Various measures I have in in place ensure this.
Firstly I limit the number of bookings I take per month, so I typically only have one placenta in my possession at a time. I pride myself on not being a ‘placenta factory’.
If by chance I have more than one, they are always ID labelled within the Placenta Kit, even before they leave the hospital. Cross checking then occurs at each processing step.
Placentas are always stored separately and I only ever work with one at a time. I also have numerous full sets of equipment to ensure each placenta has its own designated equipment from start to finish.
All of my practices are covered by insurance.
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