Safest Placenta Encapsulation in Marquette County
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Safest Placenta Encapsulation in Marquette County

12 Feb Safest Placenta Encapsulation in Marquette County



Today I was talking to a friend from Washington state about placenta encapsulation and we got on the topic of the importance of safety in the way a placenta is processed.

She just happened to google “Safest Placenta in Marquette” and low and behold Doulas of Marquette popped up in the number one spot. She took a screenshot and sent it over to me.

It made me laugh.

It made me thankful.

And ultimately it inspired me to share my thoughts with you.

You see the first time I heard of placenta encapsulation, it honestly made me feel a little:


Put off

And well….


I mean I’m a yooper, ok technically a trooper (half troll, half yooper).

Blame it on being frozen on the inside from our insane winters if you want, but I was super slow to warm up to the idea.

As I looked further into it, I found A LOT of weird things.

Most of it seemed off the wall, and I had a hard time taking it seriously.

It wasn’t presented in a professional way, and there seemed to be no standard in which people were held or trained.

The women providing this service for others, were encapsulating in their own garages, in their own homes, in their campers, putting placentas in the company fridges with “do not touch” signs…

I’ve heard, and thanks to google, have seen some WEIRD stuff.

Can anyone else relate?

I can see your heads nodding.

Can you just stick with me here for a minute?

It will get better, I promise.

With my prove it to me personality, I first wanted to see what is the history of placenta encapsulation.

Did you know that a placenta has been used for thousands of years in various ways?

Yes, long before Kim Kardashian proclaimed to the world she consumed her placenta, or it was considered the trendy thing to do, many people groups were using the placenta in the most incredible of ways.

I mean just check out this: Placenta History. Incredible, hey?

I then wanted to look into the reasons why a postpartum mom here in the Upper Peninsula, would consider doing this.

The potential benefits blew me away, and if you’ve been through a postpartum period, you will get it and be blown away too.

And if you are yet to go through the postpartum period…

You will want to seriously consider this.

I found that Placenta Encapsulation can potentially:

Boost your energy levels If you’d like confirmation of the sheer exhaustion of having a baby and then taking care of a newborn take a look here.

Yes, we know that sleep deprivation is ALL a part of it, but you still will need energy to care for your baby.

Increase your milk supply-One of the top breastfeeding topics searched by moms is low milk supply.

The ability to potentially increase your supply combined with our IBCLC Breastfeeding Services may be just the ticket for your nursing relationship with your baby!

Helping decrease the development of Baby Blues/PPD– Every Mama out there just said Amen. I’m pretty sure the amen is still echoing if you listen closely.

If you don’t believe this is a big deal, please give this a read.

Anything that could avoid these and potentially help, is at least worth looking into.

The list goes on and on.

Women are getting bolder, and bolder about their choice to encapsulate. And with such potential benefits, I can see why.

There should be no shame in motherhood. And that includes consuming your placenta.

And with that,

I want to be bold and talk to all the women in Marquette County and throughout the whole Upper Peninsula about the importance of safety in placenta encapsulation.

Especially since it’s something you will be consuming and unfortunately, anyone or their mother can claim to be a placenta encapsulator.

I’ll start by saying that I’m a Certified Postpartum Placenta Specialist through ProDoula. I took my training in person from a leading professional in the field. I got hands on experience, went through a rigorous certification process, and I have accountability in the way that I perform my services.

So let’s dive in.

What does the safest way to encapsulate a placenta look like?

Like this:

1.The encapsulator must have taken an IN PERSON training, and be either working towards certification or certified in placenta encapsulation.

A video on the internet isn’t good enough, a friend who is pretty sure she knows what she is doing isn’t the safest option either. There are standards, this is a profession. You wouldn’t just let anyone process your meat or prepare your food.

Be picky.

This isn’t me trying to be salesy….

People have gotten sick because of how their placenta was processed. People have found all kinds of weird things in their pills.

The only certifying organization that requires an in person training is ProDoula. So when you put two and two together, there you go.

And no, I wasn’t paid to say that.

I’m speaking from a place of truth. I unfortunately had to swallow (pun not intended) a whole bunch of money I put into a long distance training because it wasn’t professional, there wasn’t accountability/timely communication when I needed help, and with it being a hands on service you need to have hands on experience.

You wouldn’t want a mechanic that has watched a couple youtube videos to work on your car right?

Moving forward.

2.The encapsulator MUST have a Blood Borne Pathogen certification.

Let’s see a show of hands who would want any cross contamination in their placenta pills?


Going once, twice…

Enough said.

3.The encapsulator must follow WHO guidelines about transporting organs.

Basically, an encapsulator shouldn’t be transporting your placenta, which is an organ, period.

4.The encapsulator must encapsulate IN the client’s home. This brings full accountability on how your placenta is encapsulated.

How can you guarantee it’s your placenta you are consuming?

By having your placenta encapsulated in your home.

How can you be sure it wasn’t encapsulated in a dirty kitchen? Or left out too long?

By having your placenta encapsulated in your home.

How can you be sure that the specialist follows BBP recommendations and that all their equipment is clean?

By having your placenta encapsulated in your home.

How can you ensure that your placenta was encapsulated in the safest and most up to date way?

By having your placenta encapsulated in your home.

How can you save a placenta encapsulation specialists sanity by not yelling at her kids to get out of the kitchen because she’s encapsulating a placenta?

By expecting that she do it ONLY in your home.

5.The encapsulator must not diagnose or use a dosage.

We aren’t doctors or medical professionals. We will always tell you to check in with your doctor, and listen to your body.

The list could go on and on…

But for now I will leave you with this.

Marquette is not a big city, the Upper Peninsula doesn’t have a lot of people in it (which we yoopers like it that way, eh?).

There are things we are limited on, I hear people talk all the time about wanting a Costco, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Ikea etc.

When it comes to Placenta Encapsulation we are not limited.

Big cities like Chicago, Louisville, New York, Nashville, Seattleare leading the way with Placenta Encapsulation.

And you know where else is too?


Written by:

Melinda Britton, Owner of Doulas of Marquette