It’s great to see you’re curious about this!
I consider it one of the most important aspects of the job.
Did you know placenta encapsulation is an unregulated industry in Australia?
This means that anyone can claim to be a provider and do things however they see fit.
Being unregulated means there is also no monitoring body to ensure they follow any rules or protocols.
Without regulation there is also no set expectations or standards of training.
Without regulation there are no initial or ongoing requirements for: certification, insurance, association membership, code of ethics/conduct or continuing professional education (CPE).
There are no industry policies or guidelines. There is also no avenue for complaints for consumers.
As a result, consumers are left somewhat unprotected.
Anyone can call themselves a ‘placenta encapsulator’ after watching somebody else perform the process. Or even after a few hours on YouTube or scrolling through the various placenta encapsulation Facebook groups.
Some businesses may employ and ‘train staff’ in the entire process in-house, with or without having completed any reputable training themselves.
The most perturbing part of this is that placentas are a human, blood product. Blood borne infections are real, as is potential cross contamination.
And we can’t forget we’re dealing with a new mother and her baby here.
So when performing this service for woman after woman, adequate knowledge and practises around placenta infections, sanitation, cross contamination, blood borne pathogens prevention and food hygiene practices are critical.
And that’s all before knowing the actual steps to processing the placenta for encapsulation itself!
Read more about ‘sorting the reputable from the rogue’ of placenta encapsulators here.
My training and experience
In 2012 I completed my initial training to become a Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist with Placenta Benefits (PBi).
Keen to further my knowledge and accreditation in this field, I completed my Advanced Placement Training with the Association of Placenta Preparation Arts (APPA) in 2016.
APPA is considered the most comprehensive placenta preparation training available.
The organisation elevates the standards for safety and ethics in placenta encapsulation education by combining time-honoured traditions with scientific evidence.
Since 2016 I’ve been a proud ‘APPA-C Placenta Arts Specialist‘. Every two years I’m required to complete a certification renewal process.
I currently hold APPA certification until late 2022.
APPA also requires Blood Borne Pathogen Training be completed each year to uphold certification.
I have provided this service consistently since 2012 and have encapsulated more than 1,150 placentas for mamas all around Perth.
I have a strong referral network from midwives, obstetricians and doulas and a consistent repeat client base.
All placenta preparation methods involve strict handling and storage protocols, patient identification procedures, temperature preparation guidelines, aseptic technique practises with hospital grade chemicals, universal precautions and personal protection equipment (PPE).
All my sanitation procedures adhere to the Australian Government Department of Health Infection Control Guidelines.
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