It seems like this time of year, with many holidays and holiday parties happening all at once, is the season of potlucks. Normally, I'm completely fine with that. I only have to cook one thing and get a ton of other dishes in return? Yes, please!
But something posted a few days ago in a local Louisville mom group on Facebook caused me to pause:
Can you say "ew"?
Maybe it's because I only tend to do potlucks with family and friends and I have usually seen their kitchens already, but this is something that I rarely think about. But thinking about it further, although it's humorous, it raises some good points.
WOULD YOU EAT A MEAL COOKED IN AN UNFAMILIAR KITCHEN?
Would you eat a meal made by someone you don't know in a home kitchen that you've never been in?
Not knowing if they have animals that like to hop up on counters.
Not knowing if they have kids that like to lick and double dip spoons.
Not knowing how clean their kitchen is, if they've washed their hands, if they follow proper food safety?
I think most of us would give a big ole NOPE to that, or at least feel a little hesitant, right?
So why would you let someone pick up your placenta and take it who knows where with a kitchen you've never seen before to process it?
NO DOUBT PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION
If I could offer a word of advice to anyone considering having their placenta professionally encapsulated, I would say that you should only consider someone that makes your health, safety, and peace of mind a priority. That means not transporting your placenta and only processing your placenta capsules in your kitchen.
Look, we're talking about an organ here. In any other scenario, there would be strict guidelines of how that organ should be transported. Why should that be any less true if it's being transported for consumption?
If you can't make food to sell to someone outside of a certified kitchen or the kitchen of the person the food is being made for, why should that change for preparing placenta capsules?
If we're so concerned about the safety of the food we eat at potlucks, we owe it to ourselves to be just as (if not more) concerned about the safety measures going into preparing a raw organ for human consumption.
raising the standards for placenta encapsulation in louisville
Currently, placenta encapsulation is a highly unregulated industry. That means the standards and values implemented by encapsulators are self imposed and can vary widely. But with the growing popularity of this modern take on a traditional healing practice, it's only a matter of time before measures are taken to regulate it.
When that day comes, we at Louisville Area Doulas are sure that we will not have to change a thing because already go above and beyond.
We give our clients the peace of mind of arranging their own transport for their placenta. We provide them with a transport kit and guidelines based on the World Health Organization's organ transport guidelines. You will never wonder if proper protocol was followed when getting your placenta from point A to point B.
Our Postpartum Placenta Specialists encapsulate exclusively in the client's home, following the highest of standards laid out by ProDoula's Placenta Prep training, OSHA Bloodeborne Pathogen Precautions, and Kentucky Food Handler's guidelines.
We encapsulate in your kitchen, where you can rest assured knowing that it is in a safe and familiar environment.
We leave your kitchen cleaner than we found it and use our own sanitized equipment.
Because your placenta never left your possession, you can be sure that the product you receive is yours and yours alone.
You can be as involved as you wish: watching and participating in the process where you will see first hand the care and safety that goes into preparing your placenta capsules, tincture, and/or salve, or keeping the process completely out of sight. Either way, you will never wonder about the conditions your product was prepared in.
There are far too many benefits reported by women that have their placenta encapsulated for us to risk the trust that our clients have in us by being anything but transparent, or to cause the powers that be to outlaw placenta encapsulation all together due to unsafe practices.
That's why we would never dream of asking you to blindly trust us to take your placenta into an unfamiliar place and return it back to you: if you wouldn't do it with food, don't do it with your placenta.