So much happens with and within a woman’s body as she goes through pregnancy and then childbirth. It is a moment where all changes for her. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, it’s a time when she can make radical changes to her health. Sadly, the post-natal period is often a time when women don’t get the support they need, and new mums often feel that their health is rapidly declining, when it could be improving! One way to help prevent this is placenta encapsulation which can help to improve your health (as well as your baby’s) in both the short and long-term.
I have often wanted to ‘put my ladies to bed’ the way Chinese culture dictates, so that they can rest, allow their bodies to be restored and ultimately just spend those early days learning their babies. This is something that, as a doula, I wish for them. My role is to support these ladies and allow them to feel the extra nurturing that they might not get. I am very sensitive to my ladies’ needs, and make a great effort to support them in their choices. As a doula, I have come across new mums who have struggled to produce enough milk, as well as those who have battled with the ‘baby blues’ and post-natal depression, so it makes me very happy that I’m able to offer a service to women that may help to prevent these problems from occurring in the first place.
“During a normal vaginal delivery a new mother will lose at least one eighth to one tenth of her body’s blood supply; with caesarean section births blood loss can be significantly more. Losing a large amount of iron so quickly can cause anemia, leaving a new mum feeling tired, faint and exhausted. The blood needs high supplies of iron to carry oxygen to the cells – low supplies of oxygen leave your cells starving and less able to heal after trauma. The placenta benefits the new mother by supplying incredibly rich iron, amino acids and essential fats which we believe to be the perfect replenishment following birth.
The most important nutrients found in rich supply in the placenta include:
1 Iron – essential for oxygen absorption in the cells
2 vitamins B6 – aids in the making of antibodies
3 Vitamin E – for healing damaged skin cells
4 Oxytocin hormone – essential for facilitating birth and breastfeeding
5 Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) – responsible for reducing stress levels
6 Cytokins – Fibroblasts that trigger cell metabolism healing and replacing damaged cells and tissue
The placenta benefits a healing mother after birth in many forms. Placenta smoothies (they only taste of fresh, organic fruits- I promise!), capsules, tinctures, essences, and homeopathic remedies can all be made using the placenta; each having their own benefit to the body and encouraging a quicker more natural recovery after birth.” (IPEN)
Click here to read an article on placenta encapsulation in Green Parent.
What do I need?
A clean tupperware container to put it in (around 2.5 litres is a good size) and a cool bag with ice blocks. If you give birth at home the tupperware container can be stored in your fridge, however, you should still have a cool bag and ice blocks as part of your hospital bag in case you transfer in.
If you’re having a smoothie, then you’ll need a blender for me to use.
I will provide you with an information sheet for your midwife/consultant, as well as a label for your container.
What happens once I give birth?
You would text/call me to let me know, and depending on the timing, I would come and pick it up from your home or hospital. My aim is to collect it within 24 hours of hearing from you and it is unusual for me not to be able to provide this level of service.
As I’m on call for births, I do ask people to avoid texting me between 11pm and 7.30am, as texts during those hours will wake me up and I’ll think that someone is in labour.
Smoothies are made in your home as hospitals don’t allow the use of untested electrical equipment such as blenders.
When the capsules are finished, I will text you to let you know, and mail them back to you via recorded next day delivery. If you live locally (Finsbury Park, Crouch End, Muswell Hill, East Finchley), then I’m happy to hand deliver the capsules at no extra cost to you.
Items such as the tincture and homeopathic remedy take longer to produce and are mailed separately at a later date.
Can you make the capsules in my home?
Yes I can, but only if the kitchen is suitable (clean, tidy, easy to sterilise), and if the cost of a taxi to and from your home is covered (I have two boxes of equipment). If you have pets or young children then the dehydrator will need to be placed in a room which is inaccessible to them.
How can I book you?
Please email me and I’ll happily send you an information sheet and a booking form.
Please note that your booking form and payment must be received prior to collection.