I. Responsibilites to Clients
A. Privacy & Protection
All information collected or obtained during the exchange of services between Treehouse Postpartum Services and their client is to be held in privacy according to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) standards. Treehouse Postpartum Services may not use a client's personal information for data collection purposes or for distribution without written consent from the client. Selling of information is strongly prohibited for all specialists.
1. Treehouse Postpartum Services' data collection program is done via assigned client code. No individual names will be used. This is designed to protect the client's integrity and privacy. The information collected includes the weight of the placenta throughout the preparation process(es), amount of capsules rendered, means of preparation, prenatal health history, and known medical conditions.
2. No client information, pictures, or videography may be submitted to social media without written consent from the client. This includes birth announcements, pictures of pickup or drop off, pictures of a newborn or the placenta capsules and products.
B. Reliability & Competence
Treehouse Postpartum Services will adhere to strict reliability standards and competency to properly and safely provide services.
1. Treehouse Postpartum Services agree to only book as many clients as they can feasibly provide services to. A specialist will not overbook or double book clients with scheduled births. If Treehouse Postpartum Services is not available within 10 hours of the mother's birth to provide services, Treehouse Postpartum Services will transfer care of the client to another trained specialist. Treehouse Postpartum Services will take responsibility for the competence of the back up Encapsulator.
C. Service Fees
1. Treehouse Postpartum Services promotes that placenta preparation and postpartum services be available to all mothers regardless of economic status. Treehouse Postpartum Services understands that the average price for services in the United States ranges from $150-500 USD. Specialists can either package other preparation techniques, or price each technique individually.
2. Contracts for services, pricing, and the refund policy must be presented to and signed by the client. Service contracts are designated so that the client understands their responsibilities as well as the flow of services paid for. Specialists are not able to determine or diagnose any issues from the pregnancy, birth or postpartum that may render the placenta unusable.
D. Training & Competency
1. Treehouse Postpartum Services has undergone rigorous and in depth training for placenta preparation. This includes physical workshop attendance or a distance training program. Each training option provided a skills demonstration.
2. Specialists have completed and passed 4 assessments of materials learned and skills acquired. The assessments are designed to measure each specialists competence to provide placenta services.
II. Responsibilities to the Profession
A. Interaction with Colleagues
1. Treehouse Postpartum Services place the integrity of the profession and the interests of their clients above their own interests and opinions. Specialists agree to act with integrity and respect. Each specialist is in charge of maintaining and developing their professional expertise.
2. Treehouse Postpartum Services are expected to always interact within the guidelines of the Code of Ethics. Specialists have the responsibility to expand services in their area and to offer support to women in their community regardless of race, gender or sexual preference.
3. Each specialist will not impersonate a doctor, midwife, or pharmacist unless they have educational background and/or licensure. Each specialist will obtain a certification in blood-borne pathogens handling, sanitizing protocols and their state food handling card. These additional certifications are kept current at all times. This education will reduce the risk of cross contamination and blood-borne/food-borne illnesses.
B. Compliance with the Law and Facility Regulations
1. Treehouse Postpartum Services requires that specialists follow procedure and policy for facilities in their service area. This includes becoming familiar with local hospitals, obtaining release forms if permitted and preparing their client. Treehouse Postpartum Services may not take possession of a placenta until it has been legally released from the facility to the client.
2. During their training, each specialist has been educated on how to legally advertise services. This includes labeling of placenta capsule bottles, liability and waiver forms as well as explaining to their potential clients that placenta capsules have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) and are not designed to treat or prevent any physical or mental disease, ailment or symptom.
1. Treehouse Postpartum Services have educated themselves on the process of preparing placentas because of a deep rooted passion for postpartum care. Each specialist understands the need for continuation of mothering the mother after the birth process. While financial gain is part of encapsulating placentas, each specialist will hold morals and values above all else. Cultural respect and understanding of their clients wishes is extremely important.
2. A copy of Treehouse Postpartum Services Code of Ethics must be made available to every potential client.