My family recently moved to a new home, and earlier this week our neighbor across the street hosted the annual neighborhood picnic.  We had the chance to finally meet the rest of our neighbors.  I was chatting with a group of women that I hadn’t met yet, and they asked if I worked outside the home.  I shared that I’m co-owner of Doulas of Cincinnati.  I won’t bore you with all the details of our conversation, but the key points include:

You may see me leave the house very late at night or arrive home in the wee hours of the morning - I’m a Doula, so I may be working an overnight shift with a postpartum client and their new baby, or joining or returning from working with a client giving birth at any hour.  
You may also see me coming and going during the day carrying a bin of cooking equipment and cleaning supplies - I’m a Postpartum Placenta Specialist, and I’m working with a client in her home and preparing her placenta for consumption.

Let’s be honest, saying the word PLACENTA to a group of people you’ve just met is pretty risky… 

Not to mention that professionally handling and encapsulating a placenta (a human organ) is a BIG deal.  

But here’s the truth:  

Placenta Encapsulation has quickly topped the charts in pregnancy, birth and postpartum services in Cincinnati.  

While the jury is still out and has yet to prove or disprove the potential benefits of placenta consumption, Cincinnati moms are enjoying the enhanced postpartum experience that it may provide.

As Cincinnati’s only team of professional and certified Postpartum Placenta Specialists (PPS), Doulas of Cincinnati is thrilled to bring families the educational, emotional, and physical support that they seek.  Today we’re answering the most frequently asked questions for people seeking placenta services in our area.

What kind of training and certification do you need for providing placenta encapsulation?

Every member of our PPS team is trained by ProDoula.  The ProDoula PPS program follows strict guidelines in regards to transporting, handling, and preparing your placenta for encapsulation.  Completing and maintaining our certification with ProDoula means that your placenta is handled with the highest standard of excellence and in the safest way possible, following guidelines by the World Health Organization and OSHA.  We hold ourselves accountable to these guidelines because they far exceed the standards of our industry.  No Kung Pao Placentas here.

How do I tell my doctor that I want to keep my placenta?

When you choose Doulas of Cincinnati for your placenta encapsulation, you’ll receive the personalized information you need for working with your care provider and birth place for a seamless transition to receiving our placenta services in the comfort and safety of your own home.  We work with clients giving birth throughout the Tri-State area including: Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, West Chester, Middletown and Dayton.  We are familiar with all hospital policies and protocols for releasing your placenta, and will help guide you for the safe storage and transport of your placenta.

Wait...You’re going to process my placenta in my home?

We treat our service as those of a personal chef.  By working exclusively in our clients home, you are confident that your placenta is yours - it’s the only one in your home and you brought it there yourself.  In addition there isn’t any risk that your placenta has been exposed to unfamiliar bacteria outside your home which could impact your healthy postpartum recovery.  When you notify your Postpartum Placenta Specialist of your birth, you will arrange your services at a time convenient for you.  We want your experience to be as smooth and comfortable for you as possible.  You may be involved in the process as little or as much as you like.  

How is my placenta handled?

You can rest easy knowing that each of our PPS has also completed certification in Bloodborne Pathogens.   Your PPS will wear and utilize all of the required personal protective equipment when handling your placenta to avoid cross contamination.  All of the equipment and supplies used in processing your placenta are prepared and sanitized specifically for your placenta encapsulation.     

What process of placenta encapsulation does Doulas of Cincinnati offer?

Your PPS will prepare your placenta using the traditional method of encapsulation, based on traditional Chinese Medicine.  By gently steaming your placenta (which kills potential germs and bacteria) prior to dehydration, you can enjoy the peace of mind that your placenta is safe for consumption.  This process and steaming is also designed to balance the placenta after childbirth.

How long does the process take?

The complete Placenta Encapsulation process takes approximately 24 hours.  Your PPS will spend about two hours with you each day, on two consecutive days.  During this time we’ll give you information and education about the process of placenta encapsulation and the placenta itself, along with guidelines and suggestions for consuming and using your capsules, tincture and salve.

Aside from your placenta, the early postpartum period and life with a new baby is a pretty exciting time for new families.  Of course, that excitement often comes a lot of questions about being a new parent.

  • Bottle Feeding
  • Breastfeeding
  • Pumping
  • Newborn care
  • Sleep
  • Emotions
  • Connecting with your partner

Did I say Sleep…?

Since your PPS is also an experienced Birth and Postpartum Doula it means that she is also there with you and prepared to answer your questions about feeding your baby, newborn care, and adjusting to your new family life.

What if I’m worried about myself or my baby during postpartum recovery?

While your PPS is well versed in normal postpartum recovery, we also recognize when your questions may fall outside of our scope of practice.  Your PPS is prepared with referrals for your extended care should you need it.  This could mean talking more with your Doctors or Midwives, seeking support from an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), Postpartum Doulas, Counselors or Therapists, and even enlisting complementary healing modalities such as Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, Acupuncturists and Massage Therapists.

Are you interested in learning more about how Placenta Encapsulation and a Postpartum Placenta Specialist can benefit you during your postpartum recovery?

Contact Doulas of Cincinnati today.


Katie Brenner | Certified Postpartum Placenta Specialist

Katie Brenner | Certified Postpartum Placenta Specialist