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Did you find strangers came up to you during your pregnancy to touch your growing belly without invitation?  I’ve heard many soon-to-be moms complain about this overstep in boundaries, but women in PA won’t be dealing with it much longer.  A new Pennsylvania law has made it illegal for a stranger to touch an expectant [...]

Good news came this week for Oregon moms who wish to use their placentas for postpartum recovery. The Oregon Senate approved a bill allowing mothers to take their baby’s placentas home, despite the state law labeling placentas as medical waste.
“The state Senate unanimously approved the bill Monday, as the House did in March. The bill [...]

Placentophagy, the act of eating one’s placenta, is an age-old practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  The practice, dating back 2,000 years, is still common in China and is thought to have anti-aging qualities.
Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of a unified China, is said to have designated placenta as having health properties some 2200 [...]

A new policy at Miami Valley Hospital’s Berry Birthing Center in Ohio is requiring new mothers to wait 72 hours before their baby’s placenta will be released.  The new policy was established by request of the pathology department as a precaution in case the placenta needs to be studied in response to illness of the [...]

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead
A new mother should be enjoying the precious moments following birth. A new mother should be taking in the sweet smells of her new baby, bonding, and, most importantly, [...]

Dr. Ralph Conti, a well-known pediatrician in the Henderson and Las Vegas area, has been indicted for fraud. These charges stem from his (alleged) association with Dr. Sapse, who claimed to have pioneered a revolutionary new cure for diseases such as MS from placental stem cells. Dr. Sapse was allegedly getting the placentas from Sunrise [...]

Nursing student Doyle Byrnes got kicked out of her community college nursing program in Kansas City, Kansas last month after she posted a picture of herself posing with a placenta on her Facebook profile. This month she decided to sue Johnson County Community College to be reinstated as a student, as well as actual and [...]

Practitioners
Why bother paying money to get certified in placenta encapsulation services?
“After all, the process is not rocket science.” and “It’s all over the internet! Why should I pay you for it?”
While placenta encapsulation, and utilizing the placenta for postpartum recovery is a beautiful thing to be shared, the process itself is something that must [...]

Why pay more to have a PBi Placenta Encapsulation Specialist prepare your baby’s placenta for you when someone who is NOT certified can do it for $100 less? When deciding who to trust with your postpartum wellness, you have two choices:
a) A PBi-Trained Placenta Encapsulation Specialist
~or~
b) A self-taught placenta encapsulator
Why choose a PBi Placenta [...]

Lynn M. Paltrow, founder and Executive Director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women (”NAPW”), gave a talk at the Controversies in Childbirth conference on how anti-abortion policies and legislation are being used against women who want to make choices in their birth experiences.
Women are being forced into surgeries against their will, sheriffs show up [...]

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