GROUP B STREP STATEMENT - Copied from Winnipeg Placenta
Being GBS positive is still *NOT* a contraindication for consuming your placenta. There is a big difference between testing positive, and having an active infection. Everybody has GBS bacteria, and many test negative around 37/38 weeks, and are then positive at birth without ever knowing. Your status can change from week to week. Everybody has gbs bacteria and can infect a newborn, especially if they don't wash their hands.
As a trained encapsulation specialist, I will not process your placenta if you have a fever during labour (excluding epidural fever), or baby has an active infection after birth.
Statement of facts from the CDC:
1. The infant had one case of early onset GBS and one case of late onset GBS. Both cases were treated and the infant recovered.
2. The early onset case of GBS is reported as starting shortly after birth and the infant was treated for 11 days in the hospital.
3. A final diagnosis stating the source of the early onset GBS is not given.
4.The late onset case of GBS was diagnosed 5 days after the first discharge and was treated in a different hospital for 14 days.
5. The final diagnosis stating the source of the late-onset GBS disease was high maternal colonization secondary to consumption of GBS-infected placental tissue.
6. The mother tested negative for GBS at 37 weeks of pregnancy.
7. The mother had her placenta encapsulated, received the capsules at 3 days postpartum and consumed some of her capsules.
8. The capsules were tested for GBS several weeks after they were prepared and they tested positive for the same strain of GBS as the infant.
9. The mother’s breastmilk tested negative for GBS after the second infection was diagnosed.
10. Transmission from other colonized household members could not be ruled out.
11. Serial exams did not reveal a source of the GBS infection.
1: The placenta in the CDC case NEVER should have been processed if mom or baby had an active infection during labour or after birth.
2: The placenta in question was NOT processed to food safety standards. Aka at least 160-165 degrees for a full 24 hours. Unfortunately many "self taught" encapsulators process using the old method which is around 115 degrees for around 8 hours. You can just see the difference there. High temps have been proven to inactivate GBS bacteria. Dehydrating at 160 is not "raw", even though that's a typical name for it.
3: The breastmilk was negative for gbs. The father was tested positive, and the mother was negative. So how could the baby have been infected due to the placenta capsules. Possibly by the mother touching her capsules and then her baby without washing her hands. I'll tell you now, I would say a large portion of clientele are GBS positive at birth without even knowing it. Being GBS positive does not inherently mean an active infection.
4: The baby possibly didn't take antibiotics long enough and the infection wasn't fully cleared away. There is also speculation in the placenta community that "company A" may not have even done this woman's placenta! The CDC won't tell her who it is so that she can confirm it was even her client.
5: A controversial topic, but a GBS vaccine is currently in the works.
Please ask your encapsulator how they process. What training have they had? What are their cleaning standards? Are they certified in Bloodborne Pathogens, and Food Safety? Many rogue encapsulators use old methods that are not safe.
Hospital staff unfortunately are largely not educated in making sure your placenta is safe for consumption. The vast majority of doctors now will be taking this CDC article at face value and pressuring patients to stay away from encapsulation. If your care provider wants to send your placenta for testing, please advise them they can take a small piece and leave the rest.
Think critically. Make an informed decision.
Here is a good press release you can share with others, especially medical professionals:
The safety of your family and mine are top priorities. Keeping current with Food Safety regulations, ongoing education, and having a safe and sanitary encapsulation process is part of what I do. I am fully committed to safety and will decline to encapsulate a placenta if there are concerns. Thank you for putting your trust in me.
Disclaimer: Placenta encapsulation is not regulated in Canada. The services offered are not clinical, pharmaceutical, or intended to diagnose or treat any condition. Clients who choose to utilize these services take full responsibility for their own health and for researching and using placenta capsules.
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