Not All Placentas Are Equal

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Have you thought about or actually encapsulated your placenta? Not all placentas are created equal and in the same regards, same goes for the practices of the encapsulators.

Did you know you can become certified in placenta encapsulation? What does that mean? A standard of care for that organization. Here at Green Bay Doulas there are three, yes THREE Postpartum Placenta Specialists who cover a large portion of Wisconsin. Marinette and south to Sheboygan, and Wasuau across to the tip of Door County.

We chose to certify with ProDoula and here is the process we took to become certified.

  • Intensive 2 day in person workshop with a trainer.
  • Readings
  • Intensive open book test
  • 3 placentas processed in person with documentation
  • Hold a bloodborne pathogens certification
  • References and Evaluations from our clients

Oh, and one more thing, you transport your placenta home and we come to you!

I’ll say it again, we do not transport placentas, and encapsulation is done in your home!

Wait, What? Yes, we provide you with a transportation cooler, (it’s pretty cool actually) give you all the instructions you need and meet you at home when it’s convenient for you.

What if placentas gross you out and you don’t want to see it? We meet you at your comfort level. That could mean we process it while mother is still at the hospital, or hanging out in a different part of the house, or if you want to watch, some even get on some gloves and check out this amazing organ you grew and observe how we do what we do!

Why in the client’s home? It’s a standard that goes above and beyond what is done in our profession. Things we can guarantee by doing it this way:

  • It’s indeed your placenta
  • It’s not in my fridge in my personal house, around my children or household pets
  • It’s done with the utmost respect.
  • You have a postpartum expert in your home for any questions you may have about encapsulation or newborn care, because, hey, things come up!
  • It’s quick, 2 days consecutive days for about 2 hours each day.

As someone who did encapsulate in their home for 2 years I can tell you this is much easier on myself and my family, dealing with someone else’s blood, and a red bio hazard bag in the family fridge are not fun conversation points for guests in our home or toddlers for that fact. Now I’m not bashing those encapsulists who choose to do it in their own homes, I set a standard of professionalism before I even knew what that was. My husband would see our spotless kitchen and say “ I know what you’re doing tonight”, but not everyone is that professional.

When looking into ProDoula’s Placenta encapsulation standard I was naive to think that everyone gets their own placenta back, that it’s properly transported and cared for, that a kitchen and encapsulation area is properly sanitized and clean, that children and animals stay out of the area when processing, that it’s returned within 24-36 hours after pickup, and that clients didn’t want the interaction of being in their home. I was wrong, and I’m sorry to those who weren’t able to experience the education and companionship component that goes along with encapsulating in our clients home.

Some things are just worth the investment, you get what you pay for. Paying someone a living wage to support their ongoing education expenses, supply costs and family expenses are just a few reasons why you should hire a professional for anything you do. It means they are an expert in their area of knowledge and know their stuff!

Green Bay Doulas is happy to sit and talk with you about our services in a complimentary meeting in the comfort of your own home, we look forward to hearing from you.

If you would like your own plush placenta, I Heart Guts is the best! 

Written by: Emily Jacobson

 

An Open Letter To My Family and Friends About Miscarriage

 

October is infant loss awareness month, According to http/www.firstcandle.org/october-is-awareness-month/

“Each and every day, in communities across America, expectant moms will feel their baby’s first kick; parents will listen to their newborn’s first cry; and families will celebrate the birthday of a healthy baby. Also each and every day, 13 babies will be lost to SIDS and other sudden, unexpected infant deaths; more than 70 new parents will have listened sadly their stillborn baby’s silence; and countless lives will be lost to miscarriage and other causes of infant death.

A few of the Green Bay Doulas have experienced loss and Sam, one of our postpartum placenta specialists was gracious enough to share with us, and you, the following words.

An open letter to my family and friends about miscarriage.

My husband and I had a discussion yesterday that hit home with me: if I want people to know I am grieving, I actually have to tell them. So here it is…

There will be no funeral for the child that has already gone to heaven, so tiny that I never got to hold them with my hands but only with my heart. I will never forget the baby I wished for, and the day baby left.

I don’t want people to feel sorry for me, to think “wow, her life sucks”, or throw me a pity party. I can do that all by myself. I just want people to know I am sad, mourning for my baby and all the hopes and dreams that went with my angel in heaven.

Please don’t say “well you’re young you can always try again” or “things always happen for a reason”. I wanted this baby, not any other, and there is no good reason why babies die.

If fact, you don’t have to say anything. A quiet prayer or a lit candle works quite sufficiently.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I want to make a difference in the world by supporting women as a bereavement doula, and never once thought that I would have the experience in loss myself. I hope that when I reach that point, when things get a little easier, I can support other women and let them know it is ok to talk about loss and we shouldn’t have to hide the hurt.

Love you all,

Sam

 

I’m Pregnant, You’re An Asshole

 

Being pregnant is hard enough, read on for some friendly etiquette and tips to take note of while chatting with a pregnant friend. You’ll both thank us later!!

 

What not to say: WOW! You are so big!

Why? That comment stops being cute around 2nd grade. A pregnant mom is already quite aware she is growing a tiny human no need to point out her healthy bump!

Instead: You’ve never looked so happy and healthy! I’m so excited for you.

 

What not to say: Are you sure there’s not twins in there?

Why? Yes, I’m very sure, and if it was you would be saying, “ Are you sure it’s not triplets?” Your opinions are better left at home.

Instead: Gosh, that adorable bump looks great on you!

 

What not to say: You’re belly is so little! Is baby healthy?

Why? Pregnant moms have enough to worry about with what color to paint the nursery, scheduling their next appointment and so on. Filling her thoughts with “what if’s” isn’t helpful. All pregnancies are different and all moms-to-be carry their bundles differently.

Instead: Pregnancy sure looks great on you!

 

Fast forward to you 41 weeks pregnant, What not to say: Are you ready? Done waiting?

Why?( Look past the evil glare) this is common sense, yes she is ready! She has been ready, she cannot wait and, in labor, that comment might even get something thrown at you.

Instead: I bet your little one is just excited to meet you as you are to meet her! Keep up the great work mommy!

 

What not to say: Why haven’t you been induced yet?

Why? It’s not your birth, and you are not a medical provider so leave that choice up to the couple and their doctor.

Instead: You’re doing such a good job waiting on that little bundle, you’re going to make such a good mama!

 

What not to say: So, when are you having the next one?

Why? Think about it. She just gave birth and as a family they are learning their new norm. Or what if you’re talking to a friend with an older baby/toddler and this family has been trying for months or years already? What if they have suffered a miscarriage, but just aren’t ready to talk about it? When they are ready to expand their family, trust me they will fill you in when they are ready to.

Instead: You have such a beautiful family and you’re a really great mom ready!

 

What not to say:

Oh good, you’ve got one of each. That’s a perfect family, now you can stop having kids

Another boy? Hope you drink wine and have great insurance!

Another girl? Yikes, that’s a lot of hormones- just wait until they are teenagers!

Why? Gender disapointment is a real thing, others are happy with whatever they are blessed with, but some parents may already feel anxious or disappointed.

Instead: They will be great friends one day!

Coworker

While we’re at it, here are some comments to avoid saying to a pregnant co-worker…

Wow! You are still here!

You didn’t have the baby yet?

Wanna hear about my horrific birth?

Natural- you are crazy! Honey, take the drugs!

You want an epidural? Oh, I did it the old fashion way.

 

And, of course, some great things to say to a pregnant co-worker…

Glad to see you today!

I’m so excited for you!

Have you heard of a doula? ( you know we needed to put that somewhere)

I can’t wait to bring you a hot meal once baby is here.

Let’s go get a pedi- my treat!

 

Up next: things not to say to a new mother……here’s a tip- you look tired…..

 

By Chelsea Dahms and Emily Jacobson