Ask The Placenta Lady about Group B Strep


(mellow music) – Welcome to Ask The Placenta Lady. Hi, I’m Jodi, also known
as The Placenta Lady. I’ve been working with mothers since 2006, and I’m here to answer your questions. No question is too strange
for The Placenta Lady. Joining me today is Heather Rawlett. Heather is a PBi trained Certified Placenta Encapsulation
Specialist who also happens to be a registered nurse. She has 10 years of experience
with mother-baby care and she’s also the owner
of Maryland Placenta Nurse. Welcome to the show Heather. – Hi Jodi, thank you for having me. I’m so excited to be with you today. – Why don’t you go ahead
and tell us a little bit about your work? – Sure, I own and operate a company called Maryland Placenta Nurse. I provide in-home placenta
encapsulation services to new mothers in Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, the D.C. area. I provide all of the services
in the client’s home. I bring all of my own equipment. I sanitize and clean before and after. It’s a two day process and generally since most of my clients
give birth in a hospital, I’m in and out before the client’s even home from the hospital. So her pills are there waiting
for her when she gets home. I leave detailed instructions
and of course I’m available to her for six weeks postpartum should any questions come up. In addition to the placenta
stuff I also make jewelry. I’m wearing some today. I use the dehydrated placenta
to make keepsake jewelry, rings, necklaces, I’ve done
a whole bunch of different types of pieces for people. But it’s a nice way to
take those few extra pills that you have left over at
the end of your postpartum recovery and have them forever. – Right on, that’s awesome Heather. So our question for this segment
of Ask the Placenta Lady is what is Group B Strep and if I have it, can I still use my placenta
or create capsules from it and ingest them? Heather, as a nurse, can
you kind of explain to us what Group B Strep or GBS
as you’ll sometimes see it, what that is? Sure, so Group B Strep, GBS
is a bacterial infection that can live in the intestines,
the vagina and the rectum of a woman. The CDC suggests or recommends that we test every woman to see what their GBS status is. This bacteria is normally found in about 25% of all healthy women. Your OB will do a swab of the area. They’ll send off that swab. In 24 to 48 hours later,
they’ll have the results. Should a woman be GBS
positive, she would be treated at the hospital prophylactically
with IV antibiotics to help protect her baby. GBS does not do anything
harmful to the woman. You can walk around with
GBS, you’re not sick. It’s just something that
lives inside of your body. And again, not all women have this GBS. Now you can still
encapsulate your placenta if you are GBS positive. You would just wanna make
sure that you’re doing the right kind of encapsulation, meaning by a trained
professional that is steaming the placenta prior to dehydration. If it’s prepared correctly, it
is still safe to encapsulate. One thing I’d like to note
about GBS is that Group B Strep is not a sexually transmitted disease. For most women, there are no symptoms of carrying the GBS bacteria. The only way you were
know if you’re positive is when your doctor does the swab. – Thank you Heather. So Group B Strep or if you
see it GBS just to reiterate what Heather said is, it’s not generally harmful to women. The concern is during birth. And transferring the bacteria to the baby during delivery. Is that correct? – [Heather] Correct. – So if a woman tests
positive for Group B Strep during this routine kind
of testing that they’ll do during the pregnancy, she
can still use the placenta and ingest the placenta. Now the CDC has recently
come out with a warning and so a lot of hospitals,
OBGYNs, nursing staff and such are warning against placenta
encapsulation due to a single instance of contamination,
secondary contamination of a baby that happened. However the placenta was prepared, was picked up from the hospital was taken to a separate facility and the placenta was
also prepared from raw. Now as the Director of
Placenta Benefits, PBi, our training and certification program, and we always talk about food safety. And part of food safety
particularly when preparing placenta for ingestion is
the placenta must be cooked in some fashion prior to dehydrating. And if the placenta is not cooked, then it’s absolutely
true that any bacteria that is, exists on the
external parts of the placenta will then get dehydrated and
they’ve done plenty of testing with USDA and things like that
as far as dehydrating meat which is what would be the
closest that we could compare. And have found that bacteria can then live and survive that dehydration process. So questions to ask if you
are Group B Strep positive at birth make sure that the
person preparing your placenta is properly trained and certified. It is always safest if the
placenta encapsulation specialist comes to your home because
then you are the one in charge of transporting,
caring for the placenta. You always have complete
control over the placenta and it’s handling and you
always know exactly how it’s being prepared. And then make sure that
the placenta is prepared according to PBi methods
and Traditional Chinese Medicine methods which
require steaming prior to dehydration. If those things are followed,
then the placenta will be absolutely safe to ingest. And so the answer is yes with guidelines. So proper preparation absolutely matters. Do you have anything
to add to that Heather? Did I leave anything out that
you would like to join in on? I would like to reiterate
having the placenta prepared in your own home. It is much more beneficial for you to know the chain of command that that
placenta has been through. You don’t have to worry about
complaining that something isn’t what you think it is. Hospitals take GBS very seriously. A baby, a new born baby that’s
affected by GBS will often be admitted to the NICU
and put on IV antibiotics. The GBS in an infant can
cause sepsis, pneumonia, meningitis, which are the
most common complications. So therefore the hospital
staff is going to take this very seriously and
so should your placenta encapsulation specialist. At PBI we become certified
as food handlers. We also, I have a blood
born pathogen certification. So there’s much more training
that goes into being properly trained than just knowing
how to make the pills. And it’s always a good
idea to interview a couple different specialists
that you’re considering and go with the person
that feels right to you. As mothers, we have our
own instincts and if you have a gut feeling, yes
this person is who I want in my home, that’s the
person you should go with. If there are any red
flags at all, move on. A certification, when it’s
coming to your placenta is just so important and
it’s something that should be expected, it shouldn’t be the exception. – Those are all very
excellent points, Heather. Thank you for being on the show today. If somebody wanted to
contact you, how would they, how is best to get ahold of you? – So my website is
MarylandPlacentaNurse.com. You can email me
[email protected] I’m also on Instagram as
Maryland Placenta Nurse. I’m very active on Instagram. I do have a Facebook, I’m
not on there quite as often but easily to contact me
through any of those means. And I’d love to talk with
anyone in the area more. And I love to talk placentas
so feel free to ask me any questions if you want. And I can always pass it
on to the Placenta Lady. – That’s fantastic. Thank you for tuning into this episode of Ask the Placenta Lady. Remember no question is too
strange for The Placenta Lady. If you have a question,
follow us on Facebook. Facebook.com and then
it’s /PlacentaBenefits. You can follow us on Instagram
as well at PlacentaBenefits. And yeah, just shoot us your questions and we would love to answer them. Thank you. – Thank you, Jodi. – Thank you, Heather.

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