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The PBi Network of Specialists would like to congratulate Shannon Deehan of Tehachapi, CA on earning her PBi certification.  Shannon works as a Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist and a Bradley Method instructor and lives with her family in rural California.  She considers working with birthing and postpartum women to be a blessing and loves offering women the gift of a happy babymoon.

Becoming certified takes a lot of dedication and hard work.  Upon completion of the PBi training, a specialist must encapsulate a required number of placentas using the PBi method and be up to date on their food safety certification.

Congratulations Shannon!  Thanks for all you do in your community.

When Andrea Cahill’s friend mentioned she would be encapsulating her placenta to assist with her postpartum recovery, Andrea’s first thought was GROSS!  Andrea, having previously suffered from postpartum depression, had a change of heart after researching placentophagy and when she soon learned she was expecting, Andrea decided to give placenta encapsulation a chance.

“I choose to have the capsules done and it was one of the best birth decision I made. Not only did they help a little, they helped a lot! My milk too came in within hours of taken the first capsules, I had more energy and I was so happy! In fact; they worked so well I was pumping 8oz only after three days of giving birth, had a permanent smile on my face…” -Andrea Cahill

Andrea was so amazed at the difference placenta encapsulation made for her, she wanted to spread the news near and far.  She dove head first into training and the rest is history.  Andrea is now serving moms in Kansas City and is excited to give women the gift of a peaceful postpartum.

The PBi Network of Specialists extends a warm welcome to mom of 3, Keslie Mack. Keslie didn’t experience the benefits of placenta encapsulation with her first baby and as a result, had a difficult time with the baby blues and her energy levels.  Fortunately, Keslie had a great experience after her second baby arrived thanks to encapsulating her placenta. When she had her third baby and 3 kids under 3, she felt like placenta encapsulation was an absolute necessity. Now that her children are school-age, Keslie is excited to be offering this amazing and rewarding service to women.

“Our bodies are amazing! They have given us everything we need to deliver our children, heal postpartum and nurse efficiently. My dream is to educate mothers and help them to have the best postpartum experience they possible!” -Keslie

Welcome Keslie!  The moms in Marina are lucky to have you!

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.

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