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Patricia Couch, a midwife at the Bella Vie Gentle Birth Center in Salem, OR, is gathering donations for supplies and will be going down to Haiti on February 19 with the organization Midwives for Haiti to help pregnant women devastated by the earthquake. If you would like to support her efforts, please call Bella Vie at 503.315.2229, or send PayPal donations to her at

Desiree LeFave is a midwife at the birth center, and helped me during the birth of my first daughter, Rhiannon. Patricia is a passionate placenta advocate, and a friend and colleague. If these women say that they’re going to help women in Haiti, you can rest assured that it will get done.

I am happy to introduce you to Lana Delowe, PBi’s Placenta Encapsulation Specialist in Brookly, NY.

Lana has been with PBi for over a year now, helping women in the Brooklyn area enjoy a better postpartum experience by using their placenta capsules. Lana took some time off to spend with her baby girl, and is now ready to start taking on more clients in New York. Lana has been a wonderful asset to the PBi Network of Placenta Encapsulation Specialists, and always gets glowing reviews from her clients.

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.

Thank you, Lana, for being such a fabulous example of what being a PBi Specialist is all about!

PBi on Fox News in Seattle

January 20th, 2010

Amber Matusky, a senior PBi Placenta Encapsulation Specialist in Seattle, WA was interviewed recently by Fox News. The resulting story was very positive. I was also pleased that they alluded to the placenta research I’m involved in out of UNLV (University of NV, Las Vegas).

We are taking placenta to the mainstream, folks!

Don’t flush the placenta!

January 19th, 2010

I was notified last night that Swedish Hospital in Seattle, WA had begun refusing to release placentas to mothers. I just spoke with the Nurse Manager at the hospital, and found that this is NOT true. They are still, indeed, releasing healthy placentas upon request. Ms. Becky Means stated that the mother will be given a release form she can sign which states that she understands the placenta is medical waste and will take care of it properly (i.e., no throwing in the trash, flushing down the toilet, etc.).

So, you got that, Seattle mamas? No more flushing those placentas down the toilet! ;0)

Leigh Anne DuChene, a PBi-certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist in Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX, was interviewed on Dallas CBS 11 TV news. The report is entitled Mothers: Placenta Pills Help Postpartum Depression and it aired on December 18th, 2009. Way to spread the word, Leigh Anne!

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!

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