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Erika Archer offers placenta encapsulation services in ChicagoI wanted to continue talking about our Chicago area Specialists. In addition to Julie Elliott, we also are pleased to introduce Erika Archer. She is a new PBi Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, and is ready to serve the NW Chicago suburbs. She is so excited to offer her services, that she is willing to travel to wherever mamas need services in the greater Chicago area.

Chicago mamas, you have lots of options for professional placenta encapsulation services. Please be sure to call on these ladies for help, support, or to answer your questions. They are a valuable asset to the Chicago area, and a great resource to birthing women.

Placenta research at UNLV


February 8th, 2010

I am very pleased to report that the placenta research out of UNLV (University of NV, Las Vegas) is currently under way! Research on placenta is incredibly timely and necessary.

For this particular research study, we are analyzing fresh placental tissue for a variety of hormones, vitamins and minerals that are purported to be contained within the placenta. We are then doing my process of placental preparation and analyzing the prepared placenta for the same contents.

This is important research for me personally, because I am preparing the placental tissue in the exact same way that I prepare it for my clients, and train all of PBi’s Placenta Encapsulation Specialists to use.

Through this research we will be able to tell what exactly the placenta contains, in what quantities. We will also be able to tell what changes after doing my method of preparation on it.

A frequent argument I hear against placenta encapsulation is that even if the placenta contains what we say it contains, we are ruining all of the efficacy by preparing it for ingestion by women in the manner we use. With this research, we will have actual data to share.

Jodi Selander in the research lab at UNLVThis is just the beginning of our research endeavors, and it has taken us a long time to get to this point. I am very excited to be at the forefront of the research, and look forward to sharing our results!

Click here to meet the rest of our research team.


A big congratulations to Amanda Englund, PBi’s latest professional Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. Women in Portland, Salem, and Corvallis, OR now have even more choices for placenta encapsulation services as Amanda joins PBi’s experienced, professional network.

Placenta Benefits.info (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, Amanda, for taking such great care of women in your community! It’s great to have you as part of our growing network!


Chicago is a growing area for placenta encapsulation. Julie Elliott has been working with PBi for about a year now. Placenta Encapsulation is just one service in her repertoire of natural postpartum recovery. She is a wealth of information for women in the NE Illinois and SE Wisconsin areas, as well as a valuable resource to PBi and its mission of bringing placenta encapsulation to mainstream women.

Placenta Benefits.info (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, Julie, for taking such great care of women in your community and being a part of the PBi Network of Placenta Encapsulation Specialists.


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 pcmidwife@gmail.com.

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 Benefits.info (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.

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