Placenta Encapsulation for New Mothers in Vermont
Tara Carpenter, CPES.
Traditional Chinese medicine for new mother hormone balance since 2011.
I am a Certified Placental Encapsulation Specialist (CPES) since 2011 in Vermont and use a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) method to prepare plain/grape-flavored capsules for new mother hormonal balance in the first few weeks after birth. I follow strict OSHA/EPA disinfection guidelines and standards.
Each placenta is handled with care. With Covid, I now arrive at your doorstep wearing a fitted mask and with clean hands. I am trained to handle bloodborne pathogens, so the virus has not impacted my ability to work. Please let me know if someone in the household has been knowingly exposed or diagnosed with a positive Covid-test result. The placenta is perfectly able to be frozen for a brief period of time and the hormones are shown to not degrade when stored properly.
Upon booking, you will receive a helpful handout on how to care for the placenta following birth and before I come to encapsulate. This is as simple as packing a Ziploc freezer bag and small thermal cooler in your “birth bag”. The hospital or birth center will provide ice. If you are having a homebirth, then as simple as placing the placenta into a glass bowl or container with a well-fitted lid. Your doctor and midwife will do the handling part and so there is truly no ick factor here.
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To comply with state/federal guidelines, I encapsulate in your kitchen or that of a friend/family member. I am used to working in various locations (carriage houses, basements, Airbnb’s, mother-in-law apartments, etc.) and comfortable in doing so. I do not offer a pickup/drop-off service.
How Things Work
I bring all necessary supplies and need access to a sink, stovetop, electrical outlet, and counter space for a cutting board and dehydrator. I complete the encapsulation process in two steps: arriving about 10am and finishing about 7pm. I sanitize thoroughly in-between each step.
Most describe the smell as a pan of liver with onions, without the onions. If your stove vent works or other ventilation like propping open a window, then rarely does anyone complain.
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Placenta capsules contain:
- Hormones (i.e., oxytocin, prolactin)
- Trace elements (i.e., iron, zinc)
- B Vitamins (i.e., b6, b12)
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
- Immunoglobulin G (IgG)
- Placental Opioid-Enhancing Factor
Placenta capsules can:
- Balance hormones
- Stimulate breastmilk supply
- Increase iron/energy
- Decrease risk of “baby blues” and/or depression/anxiety
- Relieve pain from caesarean birth or stitches
- Tighten and tone uterus to pre-pregnancy size
- Strengthen immune system
- Shorten postpartum bleeding/lochia
- Regulate thyroid
- Birth recovery
I encapsulate for cesarean births, homebirths, hospital births, etc.
Easy as Prenatal Vitamins
The capsules are taken in the weeks after birth; most women take a higher dose in the beginning and lessen that amount as her hormones return to regulating themselves. Before pregnancy, a woman’s pituitary gland regulates hormones. During pregnancy, the placenta does. After pregnancy, the pituitary takes a few days to a few weeks to realize the woman’s body is not pregnant. During this time, she can feel less regulated and out of sorts and why most new moms consume placenta in capsule form.
Placenta is naturally rich in hormones that provide calm because the opioid-enhancing factor in placental tissue stimulates her body’s own opioids and endorphins to reduce pain and increase well-being. Many new moms come for the hormone inducing effect the capsules bring.
Most women feel vulnerable after giving birth and enjoy the hormonal calming support. Placenta capsules are known to bring balance and happiness to a new mother and many women call them “chill pills” 🙂
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I am not a guest ….
I am respectful of this intimate time in your life with a new baby. I keep a quiet presence and do not consider myself a visitor, nor expect to meet mother and baby. On my departure, I leave everything on the counter and in refrigerator with a dosage card with how many capsules your placenta made for your postpartum healing and recovery. Most get 80-200.
A Lost Art
Kangaroos and whales are only mammals that do not consume placenta after birth. Humans are taught this practice generation to generation. In China, mothers are routinely sent home from the hospital with placenta in hand for an auntie or grandmother to prepare. Here in America, I do this job discreetly and placenta capsules are as easy to take as prenatal vitamins.
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Disclaimer: Benefits of placenta encapsulation are supported by ongoing research, yet statements here are not evaluated by FDA. My service is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Please make the decision to consume your placenta with your health care provider. I am not a doctor, practitioner, or herbalist. By utilizing this service, you take full responsibility to do so at own risk.