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When I took my doula training the instructors mentioned adding local placenta encapsulators to our resource lists and my interest was peaked. Is this something parents are choosing? Are there benefits? How does one even go about becoming a placenta encapsulator? My guess was that you had to hike to a commune in the mountains and apprentice under some mystic medicine woman, while living in tree houses, worshiping the rain and bathing in hot springs.
It turns out the whole process is safe and sterile and a good encapsulator takes a respected training either in person or online. I initially trained to be a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist with PBi and later took an in-person training with ProDoula to become a Pre-Certified Postpartum Placenta Specialist. Both covered topics like placenta anatomy and variations, historical and cultural practices involving placenta, and placentophagy in the wild. Some training programs focus on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as it relates to placentophagy (we were lucky enough to have a TCM doctor in our class share insight into how our western "TCM-inspired" placenta preparation method is similar and different from traditional methods, and more!), anecdotal evidence for placentophagy to benefit lactation and energy levels. Of course, the practical side of actually encapsulating the placenta including safe handling procedures is included.
Placenta encapsulation is a growing holistic practice. Women like you and I are having their placentas encapsulated and raving about the results. From increased energy and milk supply to reduced risks for Postpartum Depression, most women express a high level of satisfaction after taking their capsules.
There is no dancing around and chanting in flowing robes. I promise. In fact, at Chinook City Doulas we like the process to be transparent. For this reason, we only encapsulate in your home. You are welcome to observe the process and ask questions. Our Postpartum Placenta Specialist is also a birth and postpartum doula and is available to assist with feeding and newborn care while she is at your home.
In order to address concerns about postpartum mood disorders, we reach out to our clients regularly throughout the first year. We want to know how YOU are feeling. As postpartum doulas we are trained to recognize the signs of postpartum mood disorders and can assist you in finding the resources and support you need if you find you don't feel like yourself.
See our Placenta Services Page for more details!
Are you ready to book your encapsulation in Calgary or any of the surrounding areas? Contact us today! We'd love to put you on our calendar!