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Appropriate Placenta Care

MUST READ INSTRUCTIONS FOR MIDWIVES,


DOULAS AND BIRTH ATTENDENTS
Ensure a clean placenta storage container with lid is
accessible while mum is in labour.
The placenta should be placed immediately into the
container after 3
rd
stage delivery, even if its still
attached to baby.
Before inspecting the placenta WASH HANDS and
wear new disposable gloves.
DO NOT put gauze, utensils or any other foreign
objects into the placenta container, this can render the
placenta useless.
Take note if meconium is present in the amniotic
fluid.
Hospital births have a cooler bag, ice or ice packs
and a labelled storage bowl with a labelled lid ready
for the placenta.
If placenta cannot be placed into a hospital
refrigerator, ask the midwife to poor saline solution
over the placenta before storing in a cooler bag. A
family member should take the placenta home as soon
as possible and place the placenta into a refrigerator.
Caesarean births the container should be brought into theatre if
possible or place placenta into a yellow biohazard bag and add saline
if possible. Keep cool in a safe place for transfer to glass bowl.
Phone the Placenta Encapsulation Specialist if you have any questions
or queries. Cath Reeve-Jones 07747 858877 HYPERLINK
"mailto:cathrj@homechoice.co.uk" cathrj@homechoice.co.uk
www.placentanetwork.com