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Turning a Transverse (or Breech) Baby

Turning a Transverse (or Breech) Baby

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Many pregnant moms become distressed when they find out baby is transverse or breech; often with just weeks left before their estimated due date (EDD). This puts a spin on things because if baby doesn’t turn ‘in time’ a care provider will often recommend that the woman have a cesarean birth.

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Placenta Encapsulation Pre & Postnatal Period

Channel 3 MiVT: Placenta Encapsulation in VT and NH

By Gina Bullard

STOWE, VT. 

At first glance it’s hard to tell if Tara Carpenter is a chef or a medical examiner. She’s actually a certified placenta encapsulation specialist.

Carpenter turns a woman’s placenta into pills — post birth.  “I’ve got a nutritional background which brought me to this work,” she said. The placenta contains iron, hormones, protein, B vitamins, and other nutrients to support new moms.

Carpenter — who started the business, Happy Bellies, believes that new moms can recover from births faster by eating their own placenta made into pills.

“The woman’s body is the most receptive to the hormones that are inside the placenta capsules during the 1st weeks after birth. This is because it takes about 3 weeks after a baby is born for the mom’s hypothalamus to kick back in and produce hormones again” she said.

Carpenter says ingesting placenta pills can replenish vitamins like B6 and B12 and hormones after birth and increase milk production.

Carpenter starts the encapsulation process within 72 hrs. of birth — right in the new mom’s kitchen. “There’s a lot of science behind it all,” she said. The placenta is prepared with a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) method until it’s a dry powder – then it’s placed into the mom’s choice of plain or grape flavored capsules. There is little to no smell during the process.

Reporter Gina Bullard: Why don’t more people do this if there are so many benefits? Tara Carpenter:  “I think many women don’t even know about it.

With the $250 encapsulation fee you receive as many pills as your placenta makes — which Carpenter says averages 85-180. They can also be frozen and used years later — during stressful times or menopause.  She also offers placenta art prints for $25.

“I know the hardship of being a new mom, I see how much help this gives to them, and helping in this way has shaped my life” she said.

Carpenter trained with Placenta Benefits (PBi) and follows OSHA guidelines. She’s trained to handle blood-borne pathogens and medical waste. This may not be for the squeamish, but Carpenter says that’s where she comes in. Once the pills are made, you’d never know the process. “Many moms don’t care to know either, they just feel great taking them” she said.

Carpenter loves being on-call and making placenta pills. She says her clients are diverse and not just new age hippies like some people might think. “I feel like I was made to do this work. I feel grounded when I work with a placenta and miss it if I don’t get one in my hands at least once a week” she said. Not your usual job, but one she believes in. 

Carpenter also travels to New Hampshire to encapsulate.

Here’s to hoping her ‘Made in Vermont’ pills help new moms!

Tara, PBi-Encapsulator

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Placenta Encapsulation Pre & Postnatal Period

EAT MY WHAT?! : Article from The Bridge

Placenta Encapsulation for moms after giving birth

Posted by The Bridge on February 7, 2013, News & Features

by Tara Carpenter, PBi-certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist (CPES)

Tara Carpenter, Placenta Encapsulationist

Each woman bounces back from birth in her own way, but many experience hormonal fluctuations during the postpartum recovery. This is normal. Many women also lose iron during birth. This iron loss combined with the hormonal dips can leave some new moms feeling less than good.

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Placenta Encapsulation

How to Lotus Birth & Encapsulate Placenta

Tara, PBi-Certified Placenta Encapsulationist

If you want to have a lotus birth AND encapsulate, here are three ways to do so:

#1 Way) Keep baby connected to umbilical cord and the placenta for up to 4 hours. This is the easiest way to keep the placenta fit for

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B.E.D. Placenta Encapsulation

ASEA: Natural Supplement for Women

Laura_Flynn (1)I learned of ASEA while encapsulating for a mom whose placenta was so vital that I inquired if she had done anything differently during her pregnancy. The one unique thing this mom had done on a regular basis was supplement with ASEA; a bio-active solution containing Redox Signaling molecules that are safe and support the immune system. This natural supplement can be helpful for women in the childbearing years when the body is in a constant state of building itself.

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Placenta Encapsulation Pre & Postnatal Period

If You Want to Request Placenta Pick-Up/Drop-Off Services – READ THIS

Tara Carpenter, PBi-Certified Placenta Encapsulationist and Mentor

PLEASE don’t allow anyone to pick up your placenta, take it from you, and bring it back to you in capsule form. Read the information below to see why I don’t offer a pick up/drop off service and why it’s best that you don’t seek them.

VT and NH have strict standards for facilities that prepare substances for people to consume. Let’s say, you want to start a cookie business …. your facility will need to be licensed and regularly inspected by the local Health Department.

These rules are in place to ensure that the cookies are made in a safe environment by someone who is trained to handle food and follow sanitation procedures.

If you make (and sell) those cookies without a license, then you are operating illegally. If this is the case for cookies, then you can see why this same rule must apply to placenta. Unfortunately, there are not currently any FDA inspected facilities in the U.S. that have been approved for the preparation of placenta.

What does this all mean?

This means that a Placenta Encapsulator, like myself, must work in my client’s kitchen. The day that the FDA approves a facility for me to prepare placenta capsules in, is the day that I will change this lingo. For now, I encapsulate each mother’s placenta in her kitchen or that of a friend or family member’s kitchen space; never my own.

Here are the reasons why I prepare placenta capsules in the new mother’s home:

  • It’s illegal in Vermont and New Hampshire to encapsulate a placenta that is not my own in my personal kitchen.
  • You know your placenta has been stored at a consistent food temperature.
  • You know your capsules are prepared in a clean environment (without regular health inspections and monitoring, the only way to know that your capsules are prepared in a clean environment is to have them prepared in your home).
  • As a Certified Encapsulationist, I must follow Federal (OSHA/EPA) guidelines to ensure I am handling your placenta in a clean, safe environment and disinfecting blood-borne pathogens in the proper fashion.
  • I follow a PBi-method of preparation that is on file and documented with the FDA. This means I am unable to legally encapsulate anywhere but your kitchen; or that of a friend/family member who has given consent.
  • It’s important that you know you are getting your placenta and only your placenta (Miami Maternity Center under fire).
  • So you can observe your capsules being made, even take pictures if you’d like.
  • There is currently no approved facility where I can prepare placenta capsules other then your kitchen (or that of a friend/family member).
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    Birth Placenta Encapsulation

    Benefits of A Short-Term Lotus Birth

    A short-term lotus birth is when new parents decide ahead of time that they want to leave the umbilical cord attached to their baby and the placenta for a period of time after birth to allow the baby to receive plenty of benefits (see below) from remaining attached in this way.

    Don’t mistaken a short lotus birth for a full-term lotus birth; a full lotus birth (aka umbilical non-severance) is when the umbilical cord is allowed to naturally fall off …. a short-term lotus birth is when the cord is severed 4-48 hours after birth (3-10 days).

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