Placenta Specialist Workshop
Mothers in our modern world seek assistance in preparing the placenta in a palatable form while they are busy managing postpartum recovery and early newborn care.
Placenta encapsulation and other methods of preparation has become a popular request for doulas!
In this training, participants review the traditions and practices surrounding placentaphology. The course is modeled like a cooking class, where practitioners such as doulas can learn to perform this service for families per their specifications and desires. Students have a hands-on opportunity to prepare two placentas in various preparation methods including the process of encapsulation. Skills shared include FAQs, proper handling and sterilization, safety precautions, labeling, service agreements and client interactions, and supplies & tools of the trade.
The course is not designed to convince students or those they serve of potential benefits or argument against placental ingestion. Claims are not made regarding medical benefits. Placental preparation is not compared to the evidence-based research on the known benefits of professional labor support.
Discussion includes the limited current research, resources, and anecdotal examples available, including observed affects on lactation and postpartum recovery. Access to a continuing network of updated resources and information-sharing is provided.
Participants leave with a certificate indicating completion of the class, prepared to begin providing this service as immediately as they obtain their supplies. There is currently no state in the U.S. that regulates human consumption of the placenta or its distribution and therefore no licensure process available. The class is not endorsed by or affiliated with any professional organization or for-profit entity. Tuition for the class covers teaching space, supplies, printing costs, and the instructor's time. Placentas are donated freely for demonstration purposes; donors receive no monetary compensation. No portion of payments for future placenta preparation are collected from students who go on to retain income for this service.
Participants for this workshop have included birth & postpartum doulas, midwives & midwifery students, birth assistants, body workers, hospital workers, RNs, childbirth educators, and curious lifelong learners.