Tara Carpenter, CPES.

Tara Carpenter, CPES.: Becoming a Placenta Encapsulationist

Encapsulating for new mothers throughout Vermont since 2011.

I’ve always had a soft spot for mothers and newborns. I grew up in a home where my mother kept a day-care and later a Montessori School; babies filled my life! I also walked our neighborhood in search of pink ‘n blue balloons signaling the arrival of a baby. I’d knock and give the parents a Mother’s Helper card. I was 5 years old and charged .25 cents an hour.

When I was 6 and 9, my mom had my 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 settled on being a birth/postpartum doula as the hours were more manageable as a mother myself. My pregnancies were challenged with hyperemesis gravidarum; a rare condition affecting 1% of women, and though I loved giving birth, and did so naturally, my postpartums were a mess. My difficult pregnancies combined with a predisposition for anemia had me ragged for months after each baby.

I was intrigued by placenta encapsulation.

I learnt of placenta encapsulation in 2009 and thought this service would have helped me move with more confidence and grace in my own postpartums. I saw a need for this service in my state and took the necessary trainings to encapsulate for new mothers in Vermont ๐Ÿ’œ

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 โ€œbaby bluesโ€ 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” ๐Ÿ™‚  

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 ๐Ÿ’œย 

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