I've been a placenta encapsulator for nearly 12 years now, and people quite often ask where did I learn encapsulation. I figured it's time for a blog post to introduce my placenta love to you all.
When I was pregnant with my fourth child, I had an overwhelming fear of postpartum depression. I'd had PPD with my two middle children, and the fear of it happening again was forefront on my mind. I had been taking antidepressants for several years off and on already to try and find one that worked well for myself, and that was safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding.
One afternoon, while at my midwife appointment, we talked about how I was doing and discussed various medicines and/or needing to change them during postpartum. My midwife then brought up placenta remedies. At first I thought it was a gross idea, most people do, and I wasn't sold on it. However, once she had explained how she has had many clients use placenta for postpartum assistance with positive results, I decided to look more in to it.
I came home from my appointment and tried to research placenta capsules. Of course, there wasn't much too find over 10 years ago. A scatter story about how someone cooked it up in stir fry, or drinking it raw in a smoothie didn't make me want it much. I discussed the idea of turning my placenta into capsules with my husband. He is my biggest supporter, so he may have been a little disgusted, but he basically said, "If it won't hurt you, but might help even a little, then we should do it."
When I had my fourth, we brought home a baby, and a placenta. My midwives instructed me on how to process based on what they had been taught by others over the years. There was a little bit of magic in the process, knowing that this was a secret tradition shared through generations on how to heal. My husband helping steam and slice, my other children helping me fill the capsules. Those are memories I'll cherish forever.
After using my placenta for several weeks, I was a believer. I would take my capsules and I would feel balanced. I was tired, yes, but I wasn't in the middle of crisis survival every day. I felt able to handle being a mother to four.
I knew there weren't many/any options for someone to prep placentas in my area, it was like a calling. I wanted every one to know and have access to the wonder of placenta power! I knew many people who would be interested, but also didn't want to deal with blood and such. I'm not a squeamish person, so it was a no brainer. I started offering placenta services to families in the area.
I continued to research what ever I could regarding placenta remedies, learning from other encapsulators that I connected with all over the world. Devouring whatever ancient wisdom I could find on the subject. Eventually a training came out, and I signed up. This only led to more curiosity, and over the years I've connected with many of the best in the field, taken many blood borne pathogens training's, and expanded my knowledge.
In the medical industry research never stops, and that's especially true with the placenta business. I've recently enrolled with APPA to further my credentials. I'm so excited to learn more about this beautiful organ, and I'm looking forward to sharing with my community!
Make sure to stay tuned for the next in this series on placenta prep and magic!!