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Martina Schaible, a native of Canada, moved to Naples in 2007.  After hearing about the experience of a friend who had encapsulated her placenta, Martina began to research its benefits.  Martina welcomed her son in 2013 and was so pleased with her own results from placenta encapsulation she felt compelled to bring the service to her community.  Martina is also studying to become a doula and is excited to be offering these services to the women in her area.

Email Martina today to discuss how she can help you have a balanced and well postpartum.

The PBi Network of Specialists would like to extend a warm welcome to Courtney Lanctot of Lake Norman, NC.  Courtney first learned about placenta encapsulation from her midwife.  Courtney was apprehensive at first, but is thankful that her husband encouraged her to try it.  She hasn’t regretted it for a moment.  Courtney is now a Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist serving a 60-mile radius around Lake Norman.

“Being able to share the gifts of the placenta with new mothers and families is such a blessing for me.” -Courtney

Contact Courtney today to discuss how she can help you have a peaceful postpartum!

Morgan Happick was blessed with a baby girl in 2013.  While seeing her Hematologist for a blood clotting disorder, he mentioned that Morgan may benefit from using her placenta for postpartum recovery.  Intrigued, Morgan began to research placentophagy and learned all of the amazing benefits.  After her daughters birth, Morgan had her placenta encapsulated and had an amazing and energetic postpartum experience.  Morgan felt very called to help others have the same positive experience and began her training with PBi.  Morgan is expecting again in November 2014 and is looking forward to utilizing her baby’s placenta once more.

“I really feel that the capsules had a lot to do with how great I felt and it motivated me to start researching how I could become a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. I wanted other women to have the same positive outcome I experienced in those first few weeks after bringing their little one into this world.” -Morgan Happick

Feel free to contact Morgan about her services in Baltimore, Harford, and Cecil Counties.

Prenatal vitamin D levels could be tied to an increased risk of cavities in infants and toddlers.

In a study of 134 expectant mothers, “about a third of the women were deficient in vitamin D, 22 percent of the infants had deficient or thinning enamel and 23 percent had cavities.  After controlling for other factors, they found that the lower the prenatal vitamin D level in the mother, the higher the number of cavities in the child. Defective enamel and prenatal vitamin D levels were both independent predictors of cavities.” The New York Times Blog

While there were some problems with the study, for example, the study was not randomized, it does give some insight on one way to possibly prevent tooth decay in infants and toddlers.

Heather Rawlett, a Registered Nurse on a mother and baby unit, became interested in Placenta Encapsulation during her second pregnancy when she was researching ways to avoid the baby blues.

“I became interested in Placenta Encapsulation in 2012 when I was pregnant with my second child. I was on a mission to avoid the “baby blues” I experienced with my first child and after much research I decided to try it. The postpartum period with my second child was one of the most enjoyable periods in my life. I was filled with energy, joy, clarity of mind and plenty of milk supply.” -Heather

Heather’s experience with placenta encapsulation inspired her to become a specialist and offer the service to women in her area.

Welcome Heather!

While Hillary Westbrook felt very prepared for her pregnancy and birth, she hadn’t realized how unprepared she was for her postpartum period until her baby was born.  By the time Hillary called her placenta encapsulation specialist, she was already 4 days postpartum and experiencing the hormonal crash that left her weepy, overwhelmed and emotional.

“I answered the door with a tear stained face, a newborn in my arms and a plea for relief. She probably doesn’t know how incredibly soothing it was to just have someone to talk to that day. My placenta capsules helped my transition to motherhood go from overwhelming to manageable. I felt more balanced, I noticed an increase in my energy and I had zero issues with my milk supply even with the hindrance of a nipple shield. I will encapsulate my placenta for all my future births, and I certainly won’t wait until 4 days postpartum to do it! - Hillary

Hillary is happy to be able to give other moms the gift of a balanced postpartum.  She is serving Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Newport News and Hampton, Virginia

If you would like to talk to Hillary about her services, she would love to answer any questions for you and discuss how placenta encapsulation can ease your postpartum transition.  Visit Hillary’s website.

Yesterday, Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN of Evidence Based Birth published a thorough and comprehensive article about the research and evidence for administering the vitamin K shot to newborns after birth.

We are unable to make Vitamin K, a fat-soluable vitamin needed for clotting, ourselves and there are only 2 sources from which it comes; leafy green vegetables and the bacteria that lives within our intestines.  Newborns who have not received the vitamin k shot can begin to spontaneously bleed, often without warning, in the brain, skin and the abdomen.  Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding (VKDB) is rare, about 4-11 infants per 100,00 births, but the implications can range from death to severe cognitive delays and brain damage.  With the vitamin K shot, the incidence of VKDB is zero.

To read more about the research regarding the Vitamin K shot at birth, its ingredients, risk factors for VKDB, the effects of breastfeeding, and the link to childhood cancers, please visit, Evidence Based Birth. It’s certainly a worthy read for any expectant parent so they can make an informed decision about what is best for their baby.

The PBi network of specialists would like to welcome Shantell Brown of Bowie, MD. Shantell already serves moms as a birth doula and is excited to be extending her services to postpartum moms as well.

Shantell is the mother to an amazing little boy and enjoys competing in triathlons, riding motorcycles, reading and teaching.

“As a birth doula I enjoy providing loving support so that mothers can experience the joy of labor and birth. While offering a number of services to pregnant women I can now help them enjoy their experience prenatally by creating belly cast to help mothers remember their pregnancy curves, as a doula through the labor and delivery process, and now as a placenta encapsulation specialist to help mothers cope and recover during their postpartum period.” -Shantell

Rena Figures, a homebirth midwife in Lawrence, KS has completed the PBi requirements and has earned her certification! Congratulations, Rena!

Becoming certified takes time and commitment. In order to be certified through PBi, a candidate must read and write response papers to research related to placentophagy. A candidate must also pass a written exam, prepare three placentas using the PBi method, and complete a food safety course to adhere to local and state health regulations.

Amelia Catone is no stranger to holistic health and wellness.  She first heard of placentophagy while pregnant and working in an acupuncture clinic.  Many of the practitioners she worked with suggested placentophagy after the birth of her baby, but only mentioned eating it raw or in food.  Since eating it was not appealing to Amelia, she began researching her options and discovered PBi!

Shortly after, Amelia encapsulated for a friend and was so in awe of her friend’s profound experience postpartum that Amelia knew she had to pursue it for herself.

“Before my daughter was born, I encapsulated a friend’s placenta immediately after the birth of her second child; the difference she experienced postpartum was so profound that there was no question about pursuing it for myself and recommending it to others, if I thought they’d be open to it.

I am in awe of every aspect of procreation, and find it to be a mystical and brilliant process, an ordinary miracle that happens every moment of every day. To me it is an honor to prepare the placenta for new moms to reintegrate into their bodies in support of their healing.”  -Amelia Catone

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