Placenta WHAT?! Yep, you read it right. Placenta Encapsulation.
In September 2007 I attended the Gentle Birth World Congress in Portland, Oregon where I was awed and inspired by hundreds of passionate people and amazing speakers from all over the world. I can honestly say I think that conference changed my life. While I was already a birth advocate and already held my beliefs about birth, it was there that I realized my calling as a servant to birth, as a doula and eventually as a Midwife.
Part of the conference was a free Baby Expo where Portland locals flocked and conference participants could attend during certain times. I wandered around being lured every which way to booths that I fell in love with. I left there with several videos, books and also my birth pool. I was walking down an isle and this woman approached me and said, “Oh, you’re pregnant! You have to hear about placentas!!”. Oh ya, by the way, I was pregnant at the time. So I went to the Placenta Benefits booth and had a good chat with Jodi Selander. I had already heard about placenta ingestion, but the encapsulation bit was new to me and Jodi was so passionate!
Taking your placenta in pill form is such an amazing way to avoid postpartum depression and regain your physical and mental health naturally after childbirth. It has been shown to improve milk supply, decrease fatigue, improve positive maternal behaviors and has been argued to be the evolutionary solution to the RH- factor.
I left the conference feeling like placenta encapsulation was a real option for me and when I got home I began my research. Unfortunately for me, no one locally provided the encapsulation services and I was not able to do it. I was not prepared to do it myself in the first few days postpartum and therefore was unable to reap the placenta benefits.
As a mother who has struggled with postpartum depression in the past, I probably should have seen what was to come. I had my baby and soon after I sunk in to postpartum depression. With therapy and several diet changes and trips to the ND, I was able to pull through but I can only imagine what my postpartum time would have looked like had I encapsulated my placenta. I vowed to find a way to make the service available. It is a natural practice that is practiced my mammals all over the world. Placenta is a key ingredient in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and now… can be available for you. I have been trained through PBi and I am now a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist.
If you would like more information on the process, please contact me!