Do Home Birth Cleanups Require Biohazard Certifications?

Gabby MartinDate Posted: Biohazards, Bodily Fluids, Cleaning, Remediation, Residential & Commercial

Key-Points

  • Cleaning up after a home birth is messy

  • Professional bio specialists can quickly clean birthing tubs and rooms

  • We are specially trained to clean and sanitize after birth rooms and situations


Bio Recovery recommends professional bio cleanups for home birth messes.

Whether you incidentally had a home birth or planning one, you should be thinking about the clean up. A birth is a guaranteed way of being exposed to expelled bodily fluids–and yes–you may be surprised to hear, biohazards. How risky is it to clean and how messy is it to tidy after? What, if anything, can be done to avoid the mess?

First, let’s go over how the bio is expelled during a birth, and what should be done about the mess.

Is giving birth at home messy?

Yes, giving birth at home is messy, no matter the location or the circumstance. Don’t be tricked by the misinformation from midwife sources promoting their ability to contain and clean the mess. After birth cleaning is a mess. Period.

And beyond being “a mess”, it’s also considered biohazard waste. By definition, a biohazard refers to anything that can spread and endanger a living organism. This includes:

  • Amniotic fluid
  • Blood
  • Vaginal secretions
  • Placenta (which is part of the reason why it’s complicated to bring it home)
  • Any and all towels or containers used in the cleaning process
  • The birthing pool (more on that below)

Since all fluids expelled from the body meet this definition, any mass amount must be disposed of and transported specially to avoid fines. Call us if you’re in this situation. Do not attempt to transport or let your midwife transport the waste themselves.

Who cleans up after an at home water birth?

Only a professional biohazard crew like Bio Recovery can clean after a home water birth. It’s unlawful for your midwife to clean it up, even if they come prepared with their own PPE. They must be trained and certified to properly dispose of the waste, as per OSHA rules and regulations. If your midwife can’t present HAZWOPER and HAZMAT certifications issued by OSHA, don’t let them clean it. Period.

How do you clean up a home birth?

Don’t. If you’re not licensed to remove, dispose, and transport biohazardous waste, you don’t want the risk. Handling any bio is risky because of the potential pathogens involved. A pathogen is a living organism that can transmit disease (like HIV and Hepatitis, for example). 

All different types of pathogens live in your body–even if they aren’t affecting you–and you may be unaware until another person gets sick. Additionally, when bio is left in the environment, it attracts more pathogens that are non visible and therefore easily spread. Bottom line: no matter how well you think you know the situation, it isn’t worth the unknowing exposure. 

Especially if it’s your own fluids, you have enough to worry about taking care of your new baby. You don’t want to attempt to clean it yourself and likewise you won’t want to worry about a family member or even your baby getting sick, or deal with the potential ramifications of an improper clean up. We’ll take care of the entire clean up for you, starting from the area that the spill happened to the surrounding area that may be contaminated.  And we don’t take any money from you, we bill and work directly with you or your landlord’s property or home insurance.

We understand the potential sensitivities and worries you may have about letting a hazmat company disinfect using non allergenic hospital grade disinfectants that leaves no harmful residue or odor. 

We can also sanitize and disinfect the birthing pool, if there is one.

Cleaning and sanitizing the birthing tub

As a licensed biohazard company, we are fully licensed and equipped to handle the cleaning and sanitizing of your birthing pool. A step by step process of how we clean the area, including the birthing pool, includes:

  1. Asking for photos of the surrounding area and birthing pool (if applicable). Blood and fluid splashes everywhere, so it’s more than likely that our crews will need to treat the surrounding spaces. 
  2. Providing an estimate of the labor, supplies, and PPE needed to bill your or your landlord’s property or home owner insurance. We attempt to bill your insurance so you can focus on your newborn and family. 
  3. We’ll contain the room when we arrive and take notes and photos of the damages for insurance and administrative purposes.
  4. Then, we’ll begin ATP testing the area to identify all potential areas contaminated.
  5. We’ll continue testing throughout the process, which includes treating the carpet and surfaces with our non allergenic disinfectant spray. Special vacuums may be used in severe cases – all of this will be outlined in the SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) you’ll read and authorize prior to arriving.

If you have any questions about our process, feel free to ask when you call.

Call Us For After Birth Cleaning

Cleaning a situation like this is never ideal–and when you’re a new mother you have many more important things to worry about. Focus on your infant and family. Give us a call so we can take one large concern off your plate. 

With over 20 years of experience in this business, we’ve worked with many different mothers in the same position as you. Whether the delivery happened in your home or car, we’re here to restore it so you can continue with your life. The best part? We work with your insurance so it’s never an out of pocket cost to you.

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