Tara Carpenter, CPES.: Becoming a Placenta Encapsulationist
Serving new mothers throughout Vermont since 2011.
I’ve always had a soft spot for mothers and newborns. I grew up from the age of 2, in a home that also had a day-care and then later a Montessori School. I was always surrounded by parents and children. I loved to walk my neighborhood in search of pink and blue balloons signaling the arrival of a baby. I’d knock on the door and give a Mother’s Helper card; I was 5 and charged a quarter an hour!!
When I was 6 and 9, my mom had my little sister and brother at home; my job was to cut the cord and catch the baby. My world changed forever.
I knew my life work would involve mothers and babies.
I dreamt of being a midwife yet became a birth doula then a postpartum doula as the hours were more manageable as a young mother myself. My pregnancies were challenged by a rare condition affecting only 1% of women (hyperemesis gravidarum) and though I loved every moment of birth, and did so naturally, my postpartum was a mess. The months of nausea and medication left me in a state of malnutrition and with a predisposed tendency to anemia I was run down for months after each baby; always tired, yet unable to rest deeply.
I was intrigued by placenta encapsulation.
I learnt of placenta encapsulation in 2009 and thought this service would have helped me immensely to move with more confidence and grace in my own postpartum period. I saw a need for such support in the town of Montpelier where I lived and the surrounding areas. I took the appropriate trainings and now encapsulate for new mothers in Vermont 💜
I prepare capsules with a traditional Chinese medicine method that is FDA-approved and come in plain or grape flavor. My process is here.
- 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
I think placenta capsules, prepared with TCM, make sense.
My love for new moms and babies is saddled up to my love for traditional foods; placenta being one. This traditionally revered food is nutritionally superior and is one that every mammal, except whales and kangaroos, ingests soon after birth. In many countries, China being one, every mother is given her placenta upon leaving the hospital to consume.
The placenta is known for replenishing a woman‘s hormonal and nutritional needs after the laborious work of growing baby, giving birth, and healing. The capsules are shown to tonify uterus, reduce bleeding, and bring the mother into a place of feeling centered and vitalized.
Many moms lovingly refer to their capsules as “chill pills” 🙂
Over the years in my role as a Certified Placenta Encapsulationist I am convinced of the power of the placenta and enjoy hearing feedback from my clients (and getting notified that a baby has been born!). I am honored to support new mothers throughout Vermont 💜