Why bother paying money to get certified in placenta encapsulation services?
“After all, the process is not rocket science.” and “It’s all over the internet! Why should I pay you for it?”
While placenta encapsulation, and utilizing the placenta for postpartum recovery is a beautiful thing to be shared, the process itself is something that must be done properly and safely, and within government regulations. I have had many, many dealings with state health departments, hospitals, and the FDA. These organizations most certainly do not see what we do with placentas as “beautiful”; they see it as dangerous and would like to see it shut down.
Help promote placenta encapsulation to mainstream women
My goal and purpose is to make placenta encapsulation available to EVERYONE. Every woman, wherever she is, and wherever she chooses to birth her baby, whether at home or in a hospital. My goal is also to educate women and raise awareness of the placenta option. Many women still have not heard about this, but through PBi and my promotion of it in the US over the past several years it has become much more popular.
PBi’s mission is to bring placenta encapsulation to mainstream Western women. In order to do this, we need to change hospital policies across the country, and create state legislation protecting the parents’ right to take the placenta home from the hospital after the birth. We also have done, and must continue to do, a large amount of promotion and advertising of this concept to raise awareness. There is no way to bring about major change on a national scale without resources.
Keeping us, and our clients, safe
In an effort to keep placenta encapsulation services safe, not only for our clients but also a safe practice to engage in as a service provider, I created the Placenta Encapsulation Specialist® Training & Certification Course. Due to my experience with hospitals, health departments, and even the FDA, I know that there are entities that would like to see this trend toward using placenta shut down.
Independent practitioners who prepare placentas without any rules or standards are much more likely to get into trouble, and that jeopardizes the entire movement. If a person were caught with a placenta, the media would be all over it, painting everyone in the same light as a “crazy placenta lady”. Yes, I hold that title proudly, but I also keep it safe and within the law. But someone transporting a placenta, or preparing a placenta in their own home, could also be arrested, like the New York midwife who was arrested for bringing a placenta home, or even have an FDA raid on your place of business, like what happened to Shari Daniels in Miami.
Keeping it legal
If we, as a body of placenta service providers, do not have standards and oversight then the various health departments and governement entities will begin to investigate. I was the subject of an intense investigation by the health department and the FDA, and they continue to monitor this practice. Trust me, they are not our fans! I had to provide documentation to various agencies describing our safety methods, policies and procedures, and prove that they are in line with their regulations. These are the same policies that are provided through the Training Course. Stay safe, stay legal.
We have to build respect for this practice as a legitimate field. With legitimacy comes rules and regulations. Keeping placenta encapsulation as an underground, grassroots movement will not accomplish the goal of bringing this to mainstream women around the country, and around the world. It will most certainly confine it to natural-minded, homebirth mamas, and I do not feel that is doing the right thing by women and mothers everywhere.
It’s about doing the right thing, keeping clients safe, and keeping the big picture in mind. Those of us who want to see placenta encapsulation succeed on a major national scale are willing to put our time, money, and energy into making that happen.
Help the movement that PBi started years ago
If you want to help bring placenta encapsulation to mainstream women, then join us in our mission. PBi Specialists are working across the country to raise awareness, practice proper techniques, and advocate for mothers when necessary – because we all believe that by working together, we can accomplish so much more for the movement.