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Winter Solstice Traditions

December 19th, 2009

Winter Solstice is on December 21 - this is the longest night of the year. Our family celebrates this every year as a way to incorporate an appreciation of Nature and learn about how our world changes throughout the year.

We bake Solstice cookies, which are like sugar cookies (representing the sun) with a Hershey’s Kiss in the center (representing the night). Other years, we’ve decorated sugar cookies with white and dark frosting, or white frosting and brown M&M’s sprinkled across the top. Anything that represents the light/dark theme will work. Those are easy ones for us to do. (I tend to keep things as simple as possible.)

Our decorations are evergreen boughs and pine cones collected on previous forays into Nature. Since Solstice is a Festival of Lights, we also light candles and build a fire in the fireplace.

I like to get the kids outdoors on this day as well; going on a hike, up to Mt. Charleston to play in the snow, anything that gets them outside and surrounded by the beauty of our natural world. In the evening, we read one of the stories from Circle Round; our favorite is A Visit to Mother Winter. We play games, eat popcorn and drink hot chocolate, and the kids stay up as late as they can to try to greet the sun in the morning (which hasn’t actually happened yet, but they like to try).

I like celebrating Solstice because it helps to show our connection to the Earth and to Nature. I think the girls like to celebrate Solstice because they get to open presents before Christmas! But I like to have this as a family tradition, which will grow more meaningful to them as they get older.

A big congratulations to Stacy Soeten, PBi’s professional Placenta Encapsulation Specialist in New Orleans, Louisiana, has her biography available online. Stacy has been helping women in New Orleans for several months, and we’re happy to share a bit more about her with you now.

Stacy recently had a baby herself, and has personal experience with the benefits of placenta for postpartum recovery.

After a very difficult labor and delivery I was so glad I was able to encapsulate the placenta and start taking the capsules. I noticed a difference in the way I felt immediately. In the days that followed, when I was feeling low energy or down, my mother would ask me if I had taken my capsules that day & I usually had not, so the benefit of taking them was obvious not just to me, but to my family members as well.

After researching, training & finally having experienced it myself, I am really excited about the placenta encapsulation and the opportunity to provide women in my area with this service!
~ Stacy Soeten, Placenta Encapsulation Specialist

Thank you, Stacy, for sharing this knowledge and dedication with mothers in your community.

Placenta (PBi) has the best training program and network of resources available for those seeking a career in natural postpartum care. Clients can trust PBi Specialists to provide the highest quality placenta encapsulation services available, and know that we will take care of them quickly, safely and professionally.

Lindsey RobertsLindsey Roberts in Austin, TX has completed her training through PBi and is ready to start helping women with their postpartum recovery in her community and surrounding area.

I was introduced to Lindsey during her own pregnancy, when she was told by her hospital that she would not be able to take the placenta home after the delivery. Through research, hard work and determination, she was successful in changing their minds (with a little help from a court order). Lindsey has since helped one of her clients get her placenta from an Austin hospital as well.

I look forward to working with Lindsey to make permanent changes in the hospital system in Austin, so women are able to freely take healthy placentas home from the hospitals with their newborn babies.

Thank you, Lindsey, for being such a fabulous advocate for women in your community! It’s great to have you as part of our growing network.

Placenta (PBi) has the best training program and network of resources available for those seeking a career in natural postpartum care. Clients can trust PBi Specialists to provide the highest quality placenta encapsulation services available, and know that we will take care of them quickly, safely and professionally.

Placenta Lady falls from sky

December 3rd, 2009

Since I was so thankful for all the blessings in my life, this Thanksgiving I decided to test my luck and jump out of an airplane. I’ve always wanted to go skydiving, and when I was given the opportunity to jump over the beautiful Monterey Bay in California, I could not pass on the chance.

The video is fairly amusing, since my mind was pretty much shut down with fear at that point, and the videographer was trying to interview me. My favorite exchange…
Video guy: “What are you doing here today?”
Me: “uhhhhhhh” [What the heck AM I doing here???]
Instructor: “Skydiving”
Me: “Skydiving!”

Do one thing every day that scares you.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

It was the most amazing experience. I can’t wait to do it again!!

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PBi 2.0 has arrived!

December 1st, 2009

I am pleased to announce the launch of PBi 2.0! The brand new facelift for the PBi site is online, and it looks beautiful. The new site makes navigating to important pages easier, so you can find a professional Placenta Encapsulation Specialist in your area much more quickly. It also highlights the updated and revised PBi Network of Placenta Encapsulation Specialists, and the corresponding Training Course. Of course, all of the important information regarding the use of placenta for postpartum recovery is all there as well.

PBi is poised to remain the leader in placenta encapsulation resources and services. Women who are looking for the highest qualified, safest, and most professional placenta encapsulation service providers can find them using the PBi Network. Every single person listed on the PBi site has had to go through the scientific research, learn the PBi method of placenta encapsulation, perform a number of placenta encapsulations, and become compliant with their state’s requirements for safety.

Our Mission Statement:
Placenta (PBi) will make the use of placenta for postpartum recovery a natural part of the birthing process. We will provide professional quality placenta encapsulation services, adhere to the highest safety standards, and through community outreach and education help every birthing woman have the best mothering experience possible.

I am extremely proud of PBi and the work we’ve accomplished over the past three years. The people who have gone through the training and are part of the PBi Network share my vision of bringing placenta encapsulation, and better postpartum experiences, to women in our country. I appreciate their support, drive and enthusiasm - together we are going to be taking mainstream America by storm!

Giving back

November 26th, 2009

Joyce from GhanaI am a big fan of giving back, and supporting women entrepreneurs. I love Kiva for this purpose, because I can give small loans to entrepreneurs around the world. You can view the other loans I’ve given through Kiva as well.

I just loaned money to Joyce, from Sefwi Wiawso. It’s a farming community in the Western region of Ghana. Joyce is a baker, and is supporting her six children with her efforts.

I am grateful for all of the blessings in my life, to be given a chance to be an entrepreneur in my own right and provide for my daughters. I love my work with PBi, and having the opportunity to get other women set up in their own placenta encapsulation services business.

Mothers work hard every day around the world for their families, and I LOVE supporting them in any way possible.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Fun for Thanksgiving

November 23rd, 2009

I have a Thanksgiving Day PDF download available for busy mamas who are stressed about making a big meal this Thanksgiving. Included in this download is a traditional menu, a menu for smaller families, and a vegetarian menu that doesn’t involve tofurkey!

Whether you want to create fun traditions that your children will remember all their lives or just want to spice up your established holiday traditions, this free report is for you.

Food tends to be the focus of the Thanksgiving Day holiday and some easy and tasty recipes are included. In addition to food, Thanksgiving can be a time to get your entire family involved in the planning. Older children can create fantastic food, crafts, and ideas to celebrate the holiday. Younger children can get involved too. There is even a guide on how to avoid Thanksgiving disasters!

Get your free Thanksgiving report right here and spend your valuable time enjoying your family this holiday!

Leigh Anne DuChene, a PBi Placenta Encapsulation Specialist in Dallas/Ft. Worth TX, has been diligently helping women in her community in a variety of ways. Certification in her placenta encapsulation services business is just the latest accomplishment for this busy mother.

Certification is quite an accomplishment. In order to become Certified, a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist must have completed the scientific research, acquired experience in placenta encapsulation services, and completed additional food preparation safety certification in accordance with their state’s health department protocols.

As a health care professional for many years and now a Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist I am greatly appreciative of the Placenta Benefits training course and network. The PBi training course provides the foundation for a sound and uniform standard of practice for ALL placenta encapsulation specialists and placenta preparers, those who prepare the placenta using other methods for their clients. It helps bring our profession from a new-trend fad to a mainstream practice with quality control and health safety standards for specialists to follow to protect our clients’ health. Clients of any PBi Specialist can rest assured that their PBi Specialist is well trained in how to safely handle and prepare their placenta for postpartum consumption.

The PBi network is fabulous. With the PBi network you get the support, community, and comradery that is needed to help bring our profession mainstream and in a cohesive manner. I have found invaluable support and advice from fellow Specialists around the United States by being apart of the PBi network. Being a member of the PBi network has also brought me a lot of referrals from my area of women that are seeking specialists for more information or for placenta encapsulation services. The PBi network is behind every one of their Specialists 100%, and without their support and promotions each Specialist would have a difficult time making it on their own in such a new and up-and-coming postpartum profession and service.
- Leigh Anne DuChene, Dallas, TX

Thanks for such a ringing endorsement of PBi, Leigh Anne! The PBi Network of Placenta Encapsulation Specialists, as well as women in Dallas, are lucky to have you on board.

Learn more about the PBi Network and Training Course for Placenta Encapsulation Specialists at the PBi site.

Find a professionally-trained PBi Specialist in your community by searching the online PBi Network.

I’m excited that the video interview I did for Mindful Mama Magazine is now available online at FitPregnancy! All the postpartum videos, including yours truly, are online at FitPregnancy. Check out the whole Mindful Mama video series (which is amazing!).

October 15 is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. It is a national day of remembrance for miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss. Parents are encouraged to light a candle at 7pm this evening in honor of their child.
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A mother who suffers a loss during pregnancy or at birth will still go through all of the normal postpartum hormonal transitions, but also be dealing with a profound sense of grief. Taking care of herself physically becomes very important, but can also be more difficult for her from an emotional standpoint. If a mother suffers a loss and is able to keep the placenta, she should definitely use it for this difficult transition period. It contains what her body needs to physically recover.

If the mother can not have the placenta, there are a couple of hormone balancing blends that I recommend for postpartum. One is Balance - it’s a tincture (liquid) that gently balances the hormones, and can be taken daily. The other blend is Restore - this comes in capsule form and works in a different way. It is a slightly different herbal blend, so it is “stronger”. It does have some herbs that would be contraindicated if you do get pregnant or are breastfeeding, so you would want to use Balance at that point.

Unfortunately, there are no herbs for a broken heart. Only time and love can heal that pain. All of us, even those of us blessed enough not to experience a loss like this, should take a moment today to remember that each life is a precious gift.

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