Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist®
Jen Meek - Irving, TX
I'm so glad you're considering placenta encapsulation to help recover from childbirth. As you'll discover looking through this site, there are many potential benefits, including mood stability, enhanced lactation, increased energy, and helping the uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size.
I became a specialist after the birth of my son. My pregnancy with him was relatively easy. He was my first child, and I was joyful, glowing, and very nervous. Most of my research and preparation had been dealing with pregnancy, birth, and parenting. I really didn't give my own personal care much thought, except for how it would impact my baby. Then came the baby, and my joy disappeared. It was a huge surprise because I felt that I did everything right with a nutritious diet, having a natural birth, and nursing my baby. But the mood swings, vulnerability, guilt, anxiety, and sleepless nights took their toll and I became a different person altogether.
About three months or so postpartum, when I started to feel a little like myself again, I talked to a friend/doula/La Leche League leader who encapsultated for people. I had heard that placenta encapsulation may help women with their transition to menopause, but I wasn't so sure about the postpartum time. I thought that it was part of the bargain for women to go through emotional turmoil after having a baby. I'd heard that tears have to pour for the milk to flow. However, she pointed out various reasons why women go through this difficult transition and that placentophagy can help ease this transition by providing natural bioavailable nutrients and hormones.
It was as though a light bulb turned on in my head. I remember thinking, "Wait, so women DON'T have to go through this?! How can I do this for women?" I had volunteered as an on-call advocate with the local rape crisis and child abuse center for years, and having a newborn wouldn't allow this type of work. I felt that providing placenta encapsulation services would fill this void in my life.
My second baby was born in April 2015, and I encapsulated my placenta this time around. What a huge difference! Even though I had the stress of caring for a toddler and a newborn together at the same time, I didn't have mood swings, guilt, or anxiety. I felt...normal. I could tell when it had been too long between doses because tears would just start falling. About 30 minutes after taking my capsules, I would feel like myself again before the blues set in.
Not everyone experiences such positive benefits, but I sure did and so have countless others. Being able to feel grounded during such a difficult vulnerable time is such a priceless gift for any mother. Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns related to safety, research, or benefits. Having been trained with PBi, if I don't know the answers, I can find someone who does.