Safety and Sanitation
Every single surface in my workspace is cleaned with a bleach-water solution and then again with soap and hot water prior to placenta preparation and then again after. I adhere to all OSHA and EPA standards for cleaning and disinfection to ensure each client stays safe.
I use only disposable and medical grade stainless steel equipment. My non-disposable equipment is immersed and scrubbed in hot soapy water, rinsed thoroughly, soaked in a hospital grade disinfectant for 20 minutes, and then rinsed and dried. This process is in compliance with OSHA and EPA standards and is intended to eliminate the transfer of bloodbourne pathogens and STDs. I use disposable gloves, cutting boards, and aprons.
Refrigeration and Storage
I always ensure that the placenta stays refrigerated at a temperature of 41 degrees or less prior to the encapsulation process. This eliminates the opportunity for bacteria to grow. I will also only have one placenta in my possession at a time to avoid cross contamination.
If your placenta must go to pathology due to hospital policy or special circumstances, request that they only take a small piece of it for testing and leave the rest with you. Once an entire placenta has been sent to pathology, I cannot encapsulate it because there is no guarantee of the following: The placenta hasn’t come into contact with any chemicals The placenta hasn’t been placed on contaminated surfaces The placenta has been kept at 41 degrees or lower The placenta wasn’t accidently switched out with someone else’s.
Clients with STIs
Not a problem! I am more than happy to encapsulate for you if you have an STI. However, do require that it’s done in your home and with your own equipment. This is solely for the protection of myself and future clients.