If you want to keep your placenta, you should ensure that your choice is clearly documented in the Birth Plan section of your South Australian Pregnancy Record and that you discuss it with your care provider prior to going into labour.
Please be aware that if you or your baby have any of the following conditions, your care provider will likely want to send your placenta for testing. They must still ask for your consent for this to happen.
- Prolonged rupture of membranes
- Suspected maternal / fetal infection
- Small or Large baby for gestational age
- Poor APGAR scores
- Thick meconium
- Baby or maternal retrieval
- Recurrent fetal loss
- Perinatal death
- Pre-eclampsia / eclampsia
- Thrombophilic conditions
- Drug or alcohol misuse
- Placenta Previa
- Abnormal placenta / retained placenta
- Umbilical cord abnormality
- Multiple pregnancy
- Category 1 LSCS
- Medical officer request
I want to encapsulate but they said they have to send my placenta to pathology...
What can you do?
Firstly they can not send your placenta for testing without your permission. The only exception to this may be if your baby has died and the coroner or police request it.
Remember you can always ask for more information before you make a decision. Some useful questions include:
- Why do you want to test my placenta? Is it just routine because of my circumstance?
- What information do you expect to find?
- If you do expect to obtain further information from my placenta, what will you use that information for?
- Will the results make a difference to my care plan or my baby's care plan?
- Can you just take a swab or small sample of my placenta instead of sending the whole thing to pathology?
As with any decision during your pregnancy, birth or postpartum you can use the B.R.A.I.N acronym
B - benefits of this procedure
R - risks of this procedure
A - alternatives to this procedure
I - intuituion/gut feeling about this procedure
N - nothing/negotiate - what will happen if we wait or do nothing, can we negotiate
If your placenta is sent to pathology, it will be unsuitable for you to encapsulate or make other remedies to consume, but you can still honour it with prints, jewellery and a burial ceremony.
All placenta encapsulation clients of Elemental Beginnings are welcome to call me and discuss their options if you've been told your placenta needs to go to pathology.