Certified Placenta Encapsulation
Tara Carpenter, CPES.
… for new mothers throughout Vermont since 2011
I am a Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist (CPES) for new mothers in Vermont. I use Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to prepare placenta capsules with a method on file with the FDA. I follow strict OSHA/EPA disinfection guidelines/safety standards and am certified.
I have been encapsulating since 2011 and handle each placenta with care. Covid has slightly changed the nature of my work in that I now arrive at your doorstep with a fitted mask and freshly sanitized hands. Otherwise, I am business as usual. I disinfect as I go, leaving your kitchen sanitized between each step. I ask to be notified ahead of time if anyone in your household shows signs or symptoms of Covid. Thank you.
How I work:
To comply with state/federal guidelines, I encapsulate in your home or that of one of your friends or a family member. I bring necessary supplies and only need access to sink, stove-top, electrical outlet, and bit of counter space. I complete the entire process in two steps for a total of 5-7 hrs. I typically arrive about 10am and finish by 7pm.
You might think this awkward to have done in your home and though my presence may be a minor inconvenience, I do not consider myself a guest nor expect to meet the new mother or baby. I quietly come and go, leaving behind 100-200 capsules, aka “chill pills”, for postpartum recovery.
Placenta capsules are shown to 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 Opiod-Enhancing Factor
Placenta capsules are known to:
- Balance hormones
- Stimulate breast-milk supply
- Increase iron/energy
- Decrease risk of “baby blues” and/or depression/anxiety
- Relieve pain from caesarean birth or stitches
- Tighte, tone uterus to pre-pregnancy size
- Strengthen immune system
- Shorten postpartum bleeding/lochia
- Regulate thyroid
- Recover from birth
Easy as taking a prenatal vitamin:
When you fill out the intake form to book your due date, you will be given the choice to have your placenta encapsulated in plain or a grape-flavor capsule. These are then taken in the weeks after birth. Any remaining capsules can be frozen for later use for other times of hormonal imbalance (i.e., return of menses, menopause).
Placenta is naturally rich in hormones that calm, such as opioid-enhancing factor which stimulates the production of natural opioids/endorphins in the body to reduce pain; increase well-being and why most mothers seek out my service. The pituitary gland is what regulates a woman’s hormones before pregnancy. During pregnancy, the placenta takes over this job and after baby is born, the pituitary can take a few days, sometimes weeks to return to regulating hormones. These few days/weeks can be a vulnerable time for some women and this is when the placenta capsules can be most helpful as they are known to bring a new mother into balance.
Bringing back a lost tradition:
Other than kangaroos and whales, humans are a mammal that no longer of our own accord consume the placenta after birth. Though, some places in the world, like China, continue to support this practice and send mother home from the hospital with her placenta in hand and the expectation that she will consume that to be replenished. In America, this is my role 🙂 I am honored to be of support to a new mother’s postpartum recovery.
For new moms in Vermont since 2011.
Disclaimer: Benefits of placenta encapsulation are supported by ongoing research. Statements here are not evaluated by FDA and 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.