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Tara Carpenter, PBi-Certified Placenta Encapsulationist

I have always liked to be near babies and moms. From the time I was 2, my mother ran a day-care and Montessori school. Our home was also the hub for the home-birthing community. I would make beautiful colored mobiles for every baby born and loved going with my mother to deliver a home-cooked meal to the new family.

When I was 5, I walked my neighborhood looking for pink ‘n blue balloons signaling the arrival of a new baby. I would knock on the door and hand them a “mother’s helper” card; eventually becoming an extended part of many of these families. When I was 6 and 9, I watched my sister and brother be born at home. My job was to cut the umbilical cord.

At a young age, I knew my life work would involve newborns and their families.

In college, I earned a degree in Early Childhood Education. Later, I went on to study nutrition and become a doula and postpartum doula. When I became pregnant myself, I was challenged with a rare prenatal condition, hyperemesis gravidarum and though I moved through birth easily and naturally, I was a hormonal mess during my postpartum. I was irritable, anxious, always tired, and anemic …. meanwhile my placentas waited in the freezer to be planted under an apple tree.

I was immediately intrigued by placenta encapsulation.

In 2007, a friend came to visit. She was a Placenta Encapsulationist and shared photos of a placenta she had recently worked on. I was immediately intrigued and wanted to learn more. Surely this would have helped during my own postpartum period.

Why wasn’t anybody talking about this stuff? Why hadn’t anyone told me about placenta capsules? I came to realize this was a relatively new thing in the U.S. and there weren’t many people  offering the service. When I looked up placenta encapsulation in Vermont, I was surprised to find that no one was doing this.

Given how difficult my own postpartum was, I decided to become a Placenta Encapsulator and help other moms in my community have a better experience having babies then I did. I applied to PBi – the leading resource in placenta encapsulation – and took the course, completed certifications, ordered material, jumped in, and haven’t looked back. 

Benefits of placenta capsules:

  • Balanced hormones 
  • More energy
  • More breast milk supply
  • Less pain from stitches or c-section surgery
  • Less risk of anemia
  • Less “baby blues” or PPD
  • Less anxiety and irritability

It makes perfect sense for a new mom to ingest her placenta in capsule form.

Along with my love for babies and mothers is a love for traditional foods. As a Holistic Nutritionist, I understand the immense value that nutrient-rich foods, like marrow and liver can have on the body. In my mind, placenta is right up there as a revered food that all mammals – with the exception of whales and kangaroos – ingest after birth. Why not humans? It makes perfect sense to me that a new mom take her placenta in capsule form; an organ vitally rich in nutrients to replenish her body after the hard work of pregnancy, labor, and the arduous work that still lies ahead with birth recovery, breastfeeding, and sleepless nights. 

Really though it is the hormones that are held within the placental tissue that women are after …. what lands in the sweet spot …. what has them calling their placenta pills ‘chill pills’. 

The best part.

Best part about my work? Is seeing a new mom move through those first weeks with more grace and a smile on her face. I get to see firsthand how a woman’s placenta capsules help her to do this. Help her feel more bonded to baby and keep up with day-to-day tasks. When she says “thank you for everything Tara” it is me with a smile on my face.

I am truly honored to be a Placenta Encapsulationist for new moms in New England; after all these years of offering this service, I feel it is more important than ever to do this good work 💜

We rise by lifting others. ~ Robert Ingersoll

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