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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.

The beauty of birth

October 8th, 2009

This is a beautiful video of an elephant giving birth. It is graphic (meaning it shows everything and is an accurate portrayal of a real birthing event). It gets a bit dramatic after the baby is born, as she’s not breathing right away. The mother’s love is evident from the very beginning.

I wish they had shown the delivery of the placenta, and what the mother did with it afterward!!

There is an awesome family event coming up this weekend at the Orange County Fairgrounds, and PBi will be there to share the benefits of using placenta for postpartum recovery!

If you are anywhere in the area, Kidsfaire is an event not to be missed. Stop by the PBi booth in the Babyville section of the fairgrounds - we would *love* to see you!!

Kidsfaire - America’s Family Expo
October 3-4
Orange County Fairgrounds
Costa Mesa, CA

I just read a great article on the Postpartum Progress blog. She has put together a fabulous resource for women suffering from PPD.

I’m just going to summarize here, but please read the full article as she gives so much more information:

1. How long did you suffer from PPD before you reached out for treatment?
2. How severe is your illness?
3. How effective is the treatment you have been using?
4. How effective is the doctor or therapist you are working with?
5. What is your current life situation and how may it be affecting your recovery?
6. What have you been doing to follow your treatment plan and take care of yourself?

This last one is my favorite. We often get so busy taking care of our children, partners and homes that we put ourselves last on the list. Mothers tend to be the primary caregiver in the home and are depended on to complete a huge variety of tasks throughout the day; often we feel there is an expectation to do this all with a spring in our step and a song on our lips.

But if we as mothers are the foundation of the family, then we owe it not just to ourselves but to our family to make sure we take care of ourselves. This includes eating regularly and mindfully, taking brief moments throughout the day to rest and recharge (even if it is hiding in the bathroom with the door locked to read a few pages from a book or magazine; ignore those little fingers poking under the door and find your own space), and letting your partner handle some of the load.

There is a light at the tunnel. Children get older and you will eventually get more time to yourself, and more sleep. Know that there is help out there; do not be ashamed, and reach out.

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