80% of mothers experience some level of depression within the first days and weeks after giving birth. To prevent the "baby blues", before it becomes severe postpartum depression, more mothers are ingesting their placentas after birth. Dehydrated placenta capsules are an easy, palatable way to give your body the nutrients and hormones that were meant for it to have. All mammals instinctually eat their placentas after giving birth. Powdered placenta has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries. Many mothers are utilizing placenta "medicine" as an alternative to anti-depressants, which are passed to the baby through breastmilk. Mothers who don't want to expose their babies to these medications cans safely take their placenta capsules without worry about harmful side effects, or having to stop breastfeeding. If you have a history of depression, or have previously experienced postpartum depression, placenta encapsulation may be right for you!
Mothers who take placenta capsules have more energy, experience fewer emotional issues, and report a faster, more enjoyable postpartum recovery period. Their partners also report a smoother transition for the whole family. Mothers also have a more deeply connected bonding time with their babies, and often breastfeed for a longer period of time. Give yourself the gift that nature intended you to have, of a positive and connected postpartum recovery with placenta capsules.
Steph Landis Bernholz is a DONA trained Birth Doula, assisting parents who plan to have natural births in hospitals, birth centers or homes...whichever setting they chose. Steph is trained in aromatherapy, massage, acupressure, labor positioning, herbs for pregnancy & postpartum, breastfeeding support, energy healing, and midwifery skills. She also studied midwifery at Sacred Mountain Midwifery School and is training to be a homebirth midwife. She is also trained in placenta encapsulation.
Steph is the mother of three children, all born at home in water, breastfed and cloth diapered (including her twins). After experiencing empowering, transformative, natural homebirths, her goal in life is to empower birthing women and their partners to have a satisfying birth experience by providing them with the education, support, and care they need.
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