How I Became a Placenta Encapsulationist
Hello! My name is Tara and I live in the heart of Vermont 💜
Since I was a child, I have felt pulled to new mothers and babies. When I was 2, my mother ran a family-day care and later a Montessori school; our home buzzed with kids and families. We were also the hub for home-birthers and frequently had local midwives talking up their service. I made colorful mobiles for every baby born and especially loved delivering a homemade meal to the new family.
By the time I was 5, I would excitedly walk my neighborhood in search of pink or blue balloons signaling baby’s arrival. I’d knock on the door and give the mom a mother’s helper card and eventually became an extended part of many of these families.
When I was 6 and 9 years old, my sister and brother were born at home …. my job was to cut the umbilical cord.
At a young age, I knew my work would involve new mothers.
I always thought I’d become a midwife, and though I did study to become a doula and postpartum doula I never figured out how to juggle being a single mom and do this work. I ended up earning a degree in Early Childhood Education and went on to study nutrition thinking one day I might write a cookbook for families.
My own pregnancies were challenged with a rare condition, called hyperemesis gravidarum, and though I moved through birth joyfully, I was a mess before and after with anemia, anxiety, and fatigue. All the while, my placentas sat in freezer to plant under a tree (read here).
I was intrigued by placenta encapsulation …. in 2009 when a friend visited from NY where she was an Encapsulationist. We were looking at photos of a recent placenta she encapsulated and I was immediately intrigued!! This was something I could do while raising my children and be of great value to the new mothers in my community.
My love for mothers and babies, and the fact that my own postpartum had been challenging, motivated me to become an Encapsulationist 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
Makes perfect sense to me …. as I also have a love for traditional foods and food preparation. Did you know placenta is a traditionally revered food? One that every mammal (except whales/kangaroos) ingest after birth. Knowing what I know now in 2021 and after 10 years of encapsulating, I will say that a new mother ingesting her placenta in capsule form makes perfect sense. I even offer grape-flavored capsules for those who are extra squeamish. Really though, the capsules are as easy as taking a prenatal vitamin, no biggie.
The placenta is a nutrient-rich organ that replenishes a woman’s body after the arduous work of growing her baby, birthing her baby, and recovering from birth. Add on the challenges of postnatal bleeding, breastfeeding, and being up at night and most of the moms who seek me out do so out of just wanting the assurance to be able to keep up.
Good stuff I say and the hormones in your placenta are what give the capsules the name “chill pills”.
Best part …. about my work is seeing a new mom move through the 1st days and weeks after birth with grace and a smile on her face. I see firsthand how placenta capsules help her do this and 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 💜