I’ve always had a love for new mothers and babies. From the time I was 2, my mother ran a Montessori school and home day-care; our home was always teeming with kids. We were also a hub for the home birthing community and I made colorful mobiles for each baby born. I especially loved delivering a homemade meal to the new family.
When I was 5, I walked the neighborhood in search of pink and blue balloons that signaled a baby’s arrival. I’d knock on the door and give them a mother’s helper card, eventually becoming an extended part of many of these families.
When I was 6 and 9, my little sister and brother were born at home …. my job was to cut the umbilical cord.
At a young age, I knew my life work would involve new mothers.
I always thought I’d become a midwife and though I studied to become a doula and postpartum doula I was never able to balance my own children with this work. I ended up earning my degree in Early Childhood Education and went on to study nutrition.
My own pregnancies were challenged with a rare prenatal condition called hyperemesis gravidarum, and though I moved through birth naturally, I was a hormonal mess in the postpartum; anemic, anxious, always tired. Meanwhile, my placentas sat in the freezer waiting to be planted under an apple tree.
I was intrigued by placenta encapsulation.
In 2007, my friend Polly came to visit me in Vermont. She was a Placenta Encapsulationist in New York and showed me photos of a recent placenta she’d encapsulated. I was right away intrigued; surely this would have helped me in my own postpartum. Why hadn’t I heard of this before? After asking around, I discovered that placenta encapsulation was a relatively new thing and at the time there was no one offering this service in Vermont.
Given how difficult my own postpartum was and my love for new mothers and babies, I became a Placenta Encapsulator through Placenta Benefits.info, a leading resource in the traditional encapsulation method.
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 new moms to ingest placenta in capsule form.
Along with my love for new moms and babies, I have a love for traditional foods and food preparation. The placenta is a traditionally revered food; one that every mammal, with the exception of whales and kangaroos, ingest after giving birth. So, why not humans? It makes perfect sense that new moms ingest placenta in capsule form. An organ that is nutrient-rich to replenish her body after the hard work of growing baby, giving birth and recovering from doing so, along with breastfeeding and being up at all hours of the night.
The hormones in the placental tissue are what women are after, and why these capsules are lovingly called chill pills.
The best part about my work is seeing a new mom move through those first days and weeks after birth with grace and a smile on her face. I see firsthand how the placenta capsules help her to do this. How they help her bond with baby and keep up with the daily tasks of life itself. I am honored to be a Placenta Encapsulationist for new moms in New England. After all these years, I believe this good work is more important than ever 💜