Complementary Placenta Prints.

Did you know that if you encapsulate your placenta with Placenta Love, you can have a free placenta print done? Just provide the paper!
The best type of paper is thick card stock with a natural fibre. It should be sturdy enough to absorb some liquid but not glossy.
The print is paint free because the placenta is meant for consumption. The end result is a beautiful, natural print of your child’s placenta. What a unique keepsake!

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Your Placenta Can Make Capsules PLUS Mother Butter, Tincture, Ointment, and Nursing Oil!

Placenta Love is happy to offer encapsulation. Your placenta can yield anywhere from 100-200 capsules. Read more about this service.

In addition to encapsulation, your placenta can stock your medicine cabinet! Placenta Love offers Placenta Tincture, Placenta Ghee, Placenta Ointment and Placentolact (Nursing Oil).

  • Placenta Tincture is used like a homeopathic therapy. The base is food grade alcohol, and the drops go on your tongue. The tincture may help quicken the healing process in the postpartum period, and be particularly beneficial in helping prevent postpartum depression. The tincture is also given to women with who struggle with menopausal problems. It may help prevent hot flashes, palpitations and mood swings. You can also add the tincture to a base, such as Bach’s Resuce Remedy cream or Five-Flower ointment. Further directions on mixing, dosage and storage of this cream will be given to you if you decide you’d like to make a tincture with your placenta.

  • Placenta Ghee or Lavender Mother Butter is a wonderful and gentle concoction that can be used externally. The butter is blended with essential oils, and comes in a amber glass jar. It lasts for 4 weeks in the fridge, and is most beneficial in the 6 week postpartum period. Mother Butter may help reduce the appearance of C-Section scars (only apply after the scar has fully healed) or stretch marks.
  • Placenta Ointment is made with a medicinal base, so it can be used for a variety of skin conditions. It is a more potent form of Mother Butter.
  • Nursing Oil or Placentolact is a natural lactogenic oil that can be applied to the breast and lymphatic ducts (but avoid the nipples) after each feeding. The inclusion of apricot oil and a lactogenic essential oil, makes this a gentle, yet effective oil that can be applied once a day to help bring in milk and build supply.
  • Placenta Broth can be used in soups or smoothies. It does not contain pieces of placenta and the placenta itself has not been immersed in the water. When steaming, I never allow the placenta to touch water. However, the water underneath the placenta is spiked with herbs and spices, and catches a lot of goodness during the steaming process. This is given out free of charge if you supply a jar! If you would like to keep your broth, please be sure to let me know so I can bottle it for you.

If you encapsulate your placenta, be sure to request to have a tincture, ointment, mother butter, or nursing oil, made at an additional cost!

The information on this page has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The services offered by Placenta Love are not intended to diagnose or treat any condition. Mothers who choose to utilize the services on this page take full responsibility of their own health when using these remedies.

Why Hire a PBi Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist?

I am British Columbia’s first certified placenta encapsulation specialist! I work closely with Jodi Selander, the founder of Placenta Benefits.info, and am part of the staff.

Let Placenta Love handle your priceless placenta with love and care!

What’s so great about having a PBi Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist TM?

1. I am trained and certified in the PBi (Traditional Chinese Medicine) method of placenta encapsulation.

2. I am held accountable by a professional certifying organization and community of certified specialists.

3. I follow strict OSHA guidelines.

4. I recognize that placenta encapsulation is a sacred and professional service.

5. I am knowledgeable in the benefits of placentophagy.

6. I hold a current Food Safety Certificate bestowed to me by the provincial government.

7. I will gladly answer your questions, and if I do not know a particular answer, I have a support network in place with PBi.

8. I am continually educating myself on the benefit, nature and unique traits of placentas.

• Why Use a Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist–does it matter?

Encapsulating My Own Placenta.

Contact me about encapsulating your placenta! 

Michaela@PlacentaBenefits.info

604-346-9010

The day after my baby girl Florence was born, I was eager to begin the process of encapsulating her placenta. After birth, my awesome midwife had shown me her placenta, explaining all the inner workings and showing me the tree of life. I was happy to sit through her demonstration, though I imagine I’m more intimately involved with placentas than she is!

When we got home, I finally had a chance to look at it myself. I donned a pair of gloves and set to work, explaining to my mum and husband where Florence was floating in the sac, the fetal and maternal sides of the placenta, and we gasped over the incredible length of her umbilical cord. Since she was breech for 3-4 weeks, it’s quite miraculous that she didn’t get tangled in her cord when she was manually turned in the womb. She didn’t even have the cord around her neck at birth, which can be common. I am in awe of her!

It was really quite the experience handling her placenta so soon after birth. It was such an emotional time, less than 48 hours after giving birth, but I found it to be really healing. I’m glad I offer the service to new mothers though, because it was really tough being on my feet all that time (my ankles got way too swollen). It’s a long process too, and I did just want it to be over so I could reap the benefits.

But it was magical. To me, there is nothing gross about the placenta. It it utterly wonderful, life giving, beautiful and precious.

This is a shot of the amniotic sac (below). Flo was tucked away inside of this stretchy bit of miracle, full of life giving fluid. The hole where my hand is, is the hole where she emerged from the sac. What started as a small tear when my water broke, opened up to send her forth into the world! Amazing!

The next day I started the process of grinding and making pills of her dehydrated placenta.

And finally, the end result is a pot of gold! I feel so much better when I take the placenta, full of energy and vitality. I don’t even need to take the full dose to reap the benefits. I fall in love with Florence all over again when I study the little bits of Placenta Love tucked away inside the capsules.

Although I loved doing it myself, because it’s what I do…I did feel quite exhausted by the end and my feet and ankles were so swollen! I see the benefit in hiring someone else to do it and will probably do so the next time around!

Read more about other mama’s personal experiences with their placentas!


The Placenta’s Role in Helping Prevent Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression occurs for a number of reasons, whether its due to financial, martial or health problems, but one of the main causes is related directly to the mother’s body. The hypothalamus secretes corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) when the body is under stress, which in turn, causes cortisol to be secreted into the blood. Cortisol raises blood sugar levels and maintains normal blood pressure, which helps the body function well under stress.

In the last trimester of pregnancy, the placenta secretes a large amount of CRH, which scientists believe help pregnant women with the stress of labour and delivery. However, with the removal of the placenta at delivery, estrogen and progesterone levels drop, reaching pre-pregnancy levels in a matter of days. The hormones that also rose during pregnancy, such as cortisol, beta-endorphin, and human chorionic gonadotrophin, decline at delivery, as the placenta leaves the body.

During pregnancy, CRH levels are high, which causes the hypothalamus to release less CRH. After the abrupt removal of the placenta, the hypothalamus struggles to create CRH, as the supplementary source, the placenta, no longer remains in the mothers body. Now the mother is left with low levels of CRH and cortisol, the hormones needed to manage stress and maintain energy levels. Relying on the hypothalamus to create CRH in the postpartum period can lead to postpartum depression, because the hypothalamus often cannot create enough CRH to maintain homeostasis. It takes time for the hypothalamus to get the message that the placenta is no longer creating CRH.

In the immediate postpartum, the placenta is the richest source of CRH and nutrients. By ingesting the placenta, the mother will be protected in this postpartum period, while her hypothalamus gradually begins to secrete CRH and maintains homeostasis in the coming weeks. Because postpartum depression is a transient and biological disorder, it is important to tackle the symptoms before they start. By ingesting placenta, the mother will cushion herself in the postpartum, giving herself a boost of necessary hormones and nutrients to have a happy, healthy postpartum period.

Michaela Evanow © 2010.

The Importance of Postpartum Help and Healing

Having a baby is hard work! For 9+ months you watch what you eat, take care of your body and spirit, and perhaps deal with swelling, nausea, insomnia, fatigue, backache—and finally just when you near the end of your pregnancy, the last few weeks drag as you wait for the imminent arrival of your beautiful child. You also are overcome by strangers that open doors for you, beam smiles at you and appreciate the beauty (or size) of your belly.

So often our Western culture overlooks the importance of the postpartum period. There are many gorgeous rituals from around the world that we can use to enhance our health, stimulate breast milk production and shrink our tummies back to pre pregnancy size. Caution must be taken to avoid overexertion. And yet new responsibilities, including breastfeeding and caring for a newborn, cooking healthy meals, finding time for rest and caring for the rest of the family can cause some serious adjustments in your daily life.

Sometimes you may feel lonely, perhaps even overwhelmed by the thought of being along at home with your newborn. Your partner is off to work, friends have come and gone, and suddenly caring for a newborn can seem utterly exhausting. 80% of mothers struggle with mood disturbances, and 20% go on to develop postpartum depression.

Motherhood does not happen overnight, nor is it always easy. We are all created differently, with unique beauty, talents and gifts that compliment each other. One mother may seem to have it all together, making fresh organic food from scratch, tidying her home with her child strapped to her chest, shopping for new clothes in her spare time, and planning play dates in advance. But she is not you. Examine your strengths and weaknesses before heading into the great unknown of the postpartum! Discover which areas need a helping hand. Plan to have help, meals prepared, organization in the home, and scheduled times for rest if needed—which often means napping while your baby naps!

There are many great resources out there to help, including your baby’s very own placenta! Take advantage of postpartum care! It is just as important as your previous journey through childbirth and requires consideration and organization to allow a smooth transition into child rearing, and most of all, a happy postpartum.

Happy birthing!