My experience with Gawler Hospital
Gawler is currently about a 35 minute drive from me. If you are looking for a doula to support you during birth or to get your placenta encapulated, I'd love to work with you.
As a Placenta Services Specialist
99% of the time, Gawler has been a fantastic hospital to work with when collecting a client's placenta. There is easy parking out the front of the hospital for me, a short walk through the hospital to the Maternity Ward and it's okay for me to see you outside of visiting hours.
The last couple of times I have collected a placenta from Gawler, it's been a refreshing chance to have a chat with the midwives on duty who stop to ask me questions about "this whole placenta encapsulation thing"!
It is the policy of Gawler Health Service to keep your placenta for a week in a fridge with all the other placentas birthed there unless the hospital deems it necessary to be sent for histopathology. For this reason it is important that you are clear with the hospital at all times that you will be taking your placenta home (they can't keep it or test it without your permission) and with the exception of one staff member, none of my clients have had a problem!
I've worked with a number of clients from Freeling, Hewett, Willaston, Balaklava and surrounding areas who have chosen to birth at Gawler and have their placenta encapsulated.
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Kelly Harper is the owner of Elemental Beginnings Doula & Placenta Services in Adelaide. She provides placenta encapsulation and doula services to families during pregnancy, birth and in their fourth trimester.