Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist

Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist

Tara Carpenter, CPES.

Hormonal support for new mothers in Vermont, since 2011.

Note: I am on leave of absence until July 1st 2024. You may book online if your estimated due date is after this date. 

Since I was two years old, my mother had a family day-care in our home and later opened Harborside Montessori School for toddlers. When I was 5 years old, I walked our neighborhood looking for pink ‘n blue balloons announcing a baby’s birth; I knocked on door and gave a homemade mother’s helper card. I charged .25 cents per hour. Our home was the hub for like-minded interested people looking to homebirth and eat organically.

I knew my life work would involve mothers and babies.

When I was 6 and 9, I watched my little sister and then my little brother be born at home …. my job was to catch the baby and cut umbilical cord! As a teenager I held a playgroup each Saturday morning for children whose mothers wanted to do the weekly shop. I became a loved babysitter; a fun job that sustained me throughout my schooling years.

I remember one day our neighbor walking into our home with her baby (photo above) who was crying nonstop. The mother was beside herself and put the baby in my arms; in minutes he fell asleep to my constant song and movements, his body a warm weight on my arm.

After having my own babies, I learned a Chinese method for preparing tonifying capsules with a new mother’s placenta to help her be hormonally balanced, heal tears, stitches, general discomfort, etc. Though I was no longer having babies myself, I decided that I could help other new mothers to benefit from this medicine as there was only 1 other Encapsulationist at the time trained in Vermont and she was phasing out of offering this service. In 2010, I trained with Jodi Selander to be a Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist (CPES.); see process here.

Placenta capsules come in plain or grape-flavor.

Placenta is a hormonal-rich food traditionally revered as nutritionally superior; every mammal, except whales kangaroos, ingest it after birth. Chinese mothers are routinely sent home from the hospital with the placenta. Placenta can replenish a woman‘s hormonal and nutritional needs after the laborious work of growing baby and giving birth.

Note: I am on leave of absence until July 15th 2024. You may book online if your estimated due date is after this date. 


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Tara Carpenter, CPES.

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