What exactly is all the fuss about Group Beta Strep (GBS) when it comes to Placenta Encapsulation (PE)? Well, not too long ago, there was a bit of bad press about the two, and that is understandable. It isn't that easy to find reliable information about PE and not all Placenta Encapsulation Specialists are created equal. Some are self-taught, others like myself, went through a very in depth course with subsequent hands on training, not to mention the bloodborne pathogen training, the food handler certification, the continuing education for placenta encapsulation, the business license, becoming certified and of course, my nursing license.
When you hire Maryland Placenta Nurse, you can feel secure in knowing your safety and postpartum recovery are my main concern. I use of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique for the encapsulation, during this part of the process, the placenta is heated to an internal temp of at least 160°(F). At this temp, pathogenic bacteria (such as E.Coli, GBS, Salmonella, etc.) are destroyed. I follow the same guidelines required of any regular food service establishment. Our method (the PBi method of preparation) is on file with the FDA, has been thoroughly inspected by them, and has been approved by them. After the placenta is properly cooked, it is then dehydrated and made into pills to aid in your postpartum recovery.
You can feel secure in your decision to hire Maryland Placenta Nurse for your placenta encapsulation services. Once you become a client I have the following letter for you to share with your health care provider should you need it.
Over the past five years I have served many GBS+ women with hundreds of clients through Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia with wonderful results.
I look forward to helping you too!
Heather, The Maryland Placenta Nurse
Here is the letter I provide to our local Health Care Providers:
Can a Group B Strep positive (GBS+) mom use placenta capsules?
In short, it depends on the preparation method.
NOT ALL ENCAPSULATION PROVIDERS USE THE SAME SAFETY STANDARDS!
The Maryland Placenta Nurse encapsulation process addresses the issue of bacterial pathogens. Using the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) method of preparation, we have safely prepared capsules for Group B Strep (GBS) positive moms for the last 5 years. This is the method which has been in use for postpartum moms since a far back as 600 AD. This method satisfies the TCM principle that postpartum moms need hot, warm and/or cooked foods to establish homeostasis within the body. However, and more importantly, this method is perfectly in line with USDA standards for raw meat preparation, as it involves a heating portion. During this part of the process, the placenta is heated to an internal temp of at least 160°(F). At this temp, pathogenic bacteria (such as E.Coli, GBS, Salmonella, etc.) are destroyed. We follow the same guidelines required of any regular food service establishment. Our method (the PBi method of preparation) is on file with the FDA, has been thoroughly inspected by them, and has been approved by them.
Regarding a case circulating in the media https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6625a4.htm, where a baby tested positive for GBS when the mom, who took placenta capsules, never tested positive, a few important details set us apart from that encapsulator:
The placenta was prepared using the raw method. From its raw form, it is cleaned and dehydrated, bypassing the heating portion. Most dehydrators cannot go above 160°. The encapsulator in question dehydrates at 115°-160° (F). This is extremely dangerous as it does not allow for internal temp to reach safe temps. Bacteria simply cannot be destroyed at this temp! Maryland Placenta Nurse has never provided raw preparation for this very reason and it is one of the major reasons why we are (and have been from the beginning) advocates of a person knowing who is handling her placenta, making sure they have proper certifications and food safety training.
We only encapsulate in the new mother’s home. This person offers a service where the placenta was picked up, processed, and given back to the mom. The condition of transport is unknown. The possibility of mix-ups and cross contamination while working with multiple placentas is unknown. Cross contamination or a mix-up may have been factors, since the mother never tested positive for GBS. Our clients’ placentas never leave their own possession when working with us. This method eliminates any chance of cross contamination. We only work with one placenta at a time, in the mom’s home, sanitizing according to OSHA standards, every time between placentas.
We recommend refrigeration while this encapsulator says to keep the (raw) pills at room temp.
We have served many GBS+ moms, with excellent results, and have been provided services to hundreds throughout MD, PA, WV, & VA since 2012. A new mom’s health and safety are our utmost concern! The staff at Maryland Placenta Nurse, LLC services guarantee the safe and sanitary processing of the placenta.