Beyond Birth


Savor Every Moment

Has anyone told you to cherish every moment with your new baby?
What if life with baby isn’t all its cracked up to be?

Many parents find that the reality of life with a new baby isn’t the idyllic picture painted by our friends and family (or picture-perfect pinterest.) Breastfeeding is a full-time learning journey for you and your baby, the hormones of pregnancy plummet sending you on an emotional roller coaster, and sleepless nights with your nocturnal baby leave you exhausted and drained. One in five parents will report having the baby blues in the first couple of weeks after birth, and one in seven will go on to report having symptoms of depression or anxiety sometime before baby’s first birthday.

It doesn’t have to be this way!

 

You can enjoy your transition to parenthood and confidently step into parenting with reassurance, support, and compassionate, nurturing care along every step of your journey.

I can help with:

  • Placenta Encapsulation
  • Breastfeeding Support
  • Postpartum Doula Care
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Placenta, what??

Placentophagy (pluh-sen-tuh-fay-gee) is the practice of consuming placental tissue after birth. Common among many mammals, this practice is gaining momentum as a mainstream tradition among modern parents and has been practiced in Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 1000 years. In many cultures around the world, placentas are honored in different ways. For example, in the Philippines, the placenta is considered to be the physical embodiment of the baby’s guardian angel, and is buried under a plant or tree near the child’s home.

While we wait for good studies to be completed, all we really have are anecdotal reports about parents’ experiences with placentophagy. In one survey with over 150 respondents, parents who consumed their placenta reported feeling better, having more energy, greater milk production, and an easier recovery from birth, overall.

Selander, J., Cantor, A., Young, S. M., & Benyshek, D. C. (2013). Human Maternal Placentophagy: A Survey of Self-Reported Motivations and Experiences Associated with Placenta Consumption. Ecology of food and nutrition, 52(2), 93-115.
Improved Mood
40%
Improved Energy/Decreased Fatigue
26%
Improved Lactation
15%
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Ick. Really?

Totally. Its not what it sounds like. While some parents choose to consume their placenta raw, in a smoothie, or cooked into a meal, the most common practice is encapsulation. The raw or gently steamed placenta is dehydrated, ground, and encapsulated.

It looks, feels, and tastes like any other supplement.

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Safety & Sanitation

Your safety is my top priority. As a student and member of the Association of Placenta Preparation Arts, I employ industry-leading universal precautions to keep my clients safe.

All raw meats, placentas included, must be properly handled to prevent the growth of bacteria. I have been fully trained in food safety practices, have over 20 years of experience with nutrition, health, and food safety, and hold a ServSafe® CA food handlers card. I ensure that your placenta is properly handled and kept at a safe temperature at all times to inhibit the growth of bacteria during transportation and processing.

Additionally, I have completed several OSHA certified blood-borne pathogens safety courses, including one designed specifically for placenta encapsulators. The placenta is a human organ and I use EPA registered and hospital grade disinfectants to sanitize my reusable equipment while using disposable equipment whenever possible.

Basically, I have a meticulous obsession for the health and safety of my clients and their families.

So what now?

  • Get more information!

    I’m here to answer all your questions. Send me an inquiry through the website or shoot me an email at placentas@doulaczarina.com Contact Me!

  • Book Placenta Services!

    Book my services and pay your deposit to get your due date on my calendar. I limit the number of clients I take each month, so don’t wait too long! BOOK ONLINE

  • Get Ready for Baby!

    Download an excerpt from my postpartum wellness workbook and journal to help you prepare to step into parenting with strength, confidence, and joy. Coming Soon!

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