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I am happy to introduce you to Ronda Perea, PBi’s Placenta Encapsulation Specialist in Santa Barbara, CA.

Ronda shares how she came to become a PBi Placenta Encapsulation Specialist.

“Having walked alongside hundreds of birthing women, I view post partum as a sacred yet vulnerable time. Support of all types makes it a more positive and whole experience that in turn increases the woman’s empowerment and the bonding with her baby. Over the years, witnessing first hand the benefits of women who have ingested their placenta, has convinced me of its power and has motivated me to help make it available to all women. Encapsulation is such a practical way to do so.”

Ronda, we are happy to have you as part of PBi’s Network of Placenta Encapsulation Specialists.

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.


Daniel Benyshek, UNLV professorDr. Daniel Benyshek is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at UNLV, and our Principal Investigator for the research we’re doing at UNLV. His main focus is Nutritional Anthropology and primarily does research on diabetes. However, from a nutritional anthropology perspective, placentophagy is definitely of interest to him. We met when I gave a presentation on placentophagy at UNLV, and have teamed up to get this important placenta research done.
Read more about Dr. Benyshek and his research, including our placentophagy project.

Dr. Deborah Keil, whose Curriculum Vitae can be read in PDF format here, is in Clinical Laboratory Sciences at UNLV. She is supporting the research through the use of her lab, and contributing valuable research experience in developing protocols for the actual testing of the placental extracts.

Sharon Young is one of Dr. Benyshek’s graduate students, whose main line of study is Biological Anthropology. She became interested in placentophagy from the first she heard of it, and has dedicated her graduate studies to its research.

Chandler Marrs is an expert on postpartum hormone research. We have been colleagues for the past several years, and she has been an invaluable resource as I write and speak about placentophagy and its potential affects on postpartum hormones. She continues to be involved in the research as a consultant and protocol development, and as an advisor.

I am fortunate to be involved with such wonderful experts in their fields, who are as fascinated by the placenta and its potential benefits for mothers as myself. Without their support and dedication, this research at UNLV would have never been undertaken. I look forward to our continued partnership as we delve into the placenta and its (hypothesized) efficacy.


McKenzie Casad, placenta encapsulation services in Washington, DCI had the pleasure of meeting McKenzie Casad at the Midwifery Today conference in 2009. As a social worker and psychotherapist, specializing in mothers and infants, McKenzie cares a great deal about doing all she can to help mothers through the postpartum recovery period in optimum health. She is also a birth doula, so she has a chance to work with mothers in that capacity as well.

I became interested in placenta encapsulation after reading a moving article in Midwifery Today about a young mother’s struggle with Postpartum Depression after her first pregnancy and the benefits, and the relief she felt after her second when she encapsulated her placenta. My interest was peaked and I had to learn more especially with my experience in working with postpartum women struggling with fatigue and PPD. I immediately went online and started reading, and that is when I found the PBi website and learned about the benefits of placentophagia. I have been interested in placentophagia since and became even more excited after hearing Jodi speak at a Midwifery Today conference in Eugene, OR. I am amazed and excited about the possibilities of placenta encapsulation and am thrilled to be offering such a unique service to mothers during their postpartum recovery. Currently, I am encapsulating placentas in Northern Virginia and Washington D.C.

I am very pleased to have McKenzie in the PBi Network of Placenta Encapsulation Specialists. I know she will continue to serve women during this important life transition in her new role as a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist.

Thank you for your dedication to mothers and children, McKenzie! You are a wonderful asset to PBi, and to your community.


Megan Miles, placenta encapsulation services in Everett, WAI am happy to introduce you to Megan Miles, who is now offering placenta encapsulation Services in Seattle and Everett, WA. Megan has been serving the birth community as a doula, childbirth educator and midwifery student since 2005.


Megan says:

I learned of the benefits of placenta encapsulation through a dear friend and colleague. After hearing the amazing stories of some clients who were using placenta medicine I knew that it was a service that was incredibly beneficial and needed in our area. I love the opportunity and structure of PBi and am thrilled to offer this service to women in my community. I see it as just one more way I can make a difference in the lives of women, families and babies. Changing the world, one birth at a time!

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, Megan, for being such a fabulous example of what being a PBi Specialist is all about!


We were pleased to get news coverage for Laura Fortin, our PBi Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, and Specialist Mentor, in Springfield, MA. Laura did a great job in the interview, please check it out.

They even highlighted the PBi website in the news coverage, which is fantastic. I love having such a great Network of professional Specialists who can relay the message about placenta’s benefits in such an articulate manner. This is why I started the Training Program, and Laura Fortin is a wonderful example of how beneficial it is to be fully trained.

We are definitely getting our message out around the country!

By the way, this news guy gives the best line about placenta I’ve heard yet:
“Find out what some women are chowing down, to keep their spirits up.”
Nice.

Valentine’s Day


February 10th, 2010

So this is either the season of love, or a corporate holiday created specifically to bilk sappy consumers out of some funds. I’m a cynic trapped in an idealist’s body, so I tend to go either way. Personally, I’m in the mood for a party with lots of friends and their kids running around.

But, if you’re planning to spend money on your honey, you might as well make sure it’s Fair Trade!

I wrote a blog post last year for Valentine’s Day, which gave some ideas for having a romantic evening IN with your partner, so check that out if you would like to get lovey without spending a lot of cash.

Have a fun weekend! I hear the Daytona 500 is happening on V-Day, so if your love is a fan, you might have some competition for their attention. Good luck, and much love!


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.

Rounding out PBi’s largest national team is Casey Gabel. Casey is the Specialist Mentor in the Chicago area, and has been working as a PBi Placenta Encapsulation Specialist for a year now.

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.

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