GBS, Placenta Encapsulation, Safety and More.
Placenta Encapsulation? Benefits? But what about GBS?
The story kind of goes like this. You read about the baby who contracted GBS, twice, and how baby's mother consumed her placenta and then the CDC said don't eat your placenta it most likely will infect your baby with GBS. While it was an upsetting story to read, it was upsetting to us for reasons that you may not have thought of. According to the CDC's information regarding this case, the baby was treated twice, the breastmilk was negative for GBS, but the capsules were not. Placenta Encapsulation for Postpartum recovery is not for everyone, but many women choose it as a means to enhance their Postpartum recovery, combat baby blues, increase energy, help with anxiety and more. We would like to look at the facts and help you research placenta Encapsulation to decide if it is still something you would like to consider.
How was the placenta processed?
How, where and when your placenta is processed matters, undeniably. The placenta from the recent case was raw encapsulated, dehydrated at a questionable temperature and done at an off site location that was not the mother's house. What is raw encapsulated? The traditional Chinese method of Encapsulation involves steaming the placenta for a certain length of time, slicing it and then dehydrating it at a temperature of 160 degrees. This kills bacteria, cooks the placenta completely, and then allows it to dry at a safe temperature that does not breed bacteria. When placentas are processed with the Raw Method, they are simply sliced and dehydrated, such as in the case of the GBS infected baby. Additionally, the dehydration temperature range was not considered safe by food processing standards. Next, the placenta was encapsulated outside of the mother's home, had the process taken place in her home, questionable standards may have been caught, but perhaps not, all we know is that the mother's placenta was processed in someone else's kitchen.
Safety is of the utmost importance when it comes to you and your baby and your family transition.
Baby's infection, hospital admission and breastmilk testing
The baby contracted GBS and was admitted to the hospital for treatment. After baby's treatment was finalized a second GBS infection developed. It is important to understand that sometimes Strep will return if the antibiotic treatment is not intense enough and then sometimes it just happens. Upon learning that the mother was consuming her Placenta Pills, it was assumed that the sources of GBS bacteria which re-infected baby, must have come from the pills. The process was not the safest, her pills tested positive for GBS bacteria, but thankfully the mother's Breastmilk was negative for GBS, so it does not appear that that was the source of the bacteria. What this tells us is that the primary infection was not resolved after the first treatment, which enabled the second infection to occur. The CDC must cover their bases and cannot encourage Placenta Encapsulation until it is officially studied, however, we can look at the valuable anecdotal information of benefits.
How to determine if this is a safe process and something you want to do
When considering placenta Encapsulation as part of your postpartum planning routine or recovery, you must invest in a postpartum placenta specialist that adheres to strict processing and safety guidelines. Many women, who want to see research results proving the anecdotal benefits our clients see when they utilize placenta Encapsulation, can be frustrated by the lack of evidence and decide that placenta Encapsulation is not for them. However, many women are satisfied with the anecdotal evidence and understanding how the hormones contained in the placentna may help them with recovery. The idea of doing anything you can to reduce your chances of baby blues, Postpartum depression, reduce your postpartum bleeding, balance your mood and anxiety and more is so appealing to women who want to have their babies and find their new normal quickly.
If you have questions about placenta Encapsulation, please reach out to us and we would be happy to answer your questions.