Can a Group B Strep positive (GBS+) mom use placenta capsules?
In short, it depends on the method used as not all encapsulation providers use the same safety standards.
I am trained to prepare placenta capsules using a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) method on file with FDA; a method that addresses the issue of bacterial pathogens. I have safely prepared placenta capsules for Group B Strep (GBS+) positive moms since 2011.
The TCM method has been used for postpartum healing as far back as 600 AD to establish homeostasis in the new mother. This method is in accordance with USDA standards for raw meat preparation and involves a heating portion.
During the cooking part of process, a placenta is heated to an internal temperature of at least 160°(F). At this temperature, pathogenic bacteria (i.e. E.Coli, GBS, Salmonella) are destroyed. We follow the same guidelines required of any regular food service establishment and our method (PBi method of preparation) is on file with the FDA and has been thoroughly inspected and approved by them.
PLEASE don’t allow anyone to pick up your placenta, take it from you, and bring it back to you in capsule form. Read the information below to see why I don’t offer a pick up/drop off service and why it’s best that you don’t seek them.
VT and NH have strict standards for facilities that prepare substances for people to consume. Let’s say, you want to start a cookie business …. your facility will need to be licensed and regularly inspected by the local Health Department.
A short-term lotus birth is when new parents decide ahead of time that they want to leave the umbilical cord attached to their baby and the placenta for a period of time after birth to allow the baby to receive plenty of benefits (see below) from remaining attached in this way.
Don’t mistaken a short lotus birth for a full-term lotus birth; a full lotus birth (aka umbilical non-severance) is when the umbilical cord is allowed to naturally fall off …. a short-term lotus birth is when the cord is severed 4-48 hours after birth (3-10 days).