About Me, My Placenta & Other Things
My name is Jamie. I am a placenta encapsulation specialist and I had an incredible pregnancy and an incredible birth. I am the mama to one sweet, golden child named Harper. She was born in 2012. I did have my placenta encapsulated and believe that my postpartum recovery was as smooth as it was because of my placenta. I stopped bleeding within one week, I didn't have a lot of pain and I had a great amount of energy after a good rest from child birth. I also drank mother's broth which comes from steaming the placenta. I feel this may have been the greatest gift my placenta had given me. I hemorrhaged after birthing the placenta but did not have any adverse effects from losing a large amount of blood, because I drank the broth loaded with iron. I had a couple mood swings, sure, but nothing that didn't pass in a short amount of time or with a few encouraging words from my husband.
My husband, yes, I am also married. His name is Derrick and he has been a great partner, lover and friend since the day we met. He is head over heels for his little one. When I did get a little overwhelmed after Harper was born he would tell me to take my pills, meaning my placenta, and if you asked him he would tell you he is thankful for them as well even though he was initially put off by the idea. My pregnancy was also a transformative process for him!
I came across placenta encapsulation at a home birth group. At first I thought it was a process of preserving your placenta, much like a wedding dress, putting in into your basement to forget about it until you needed to pack it up but I was wrong and I am thankful for the education I received. I still have about half of my pills. I am looking forward to using them during menopause, when Harper is teething and experimenting with them for things like rashes, hives, etc. I still take one occasionally on a off-day when I am over tired or just need a pick me up much like a cup of coffee would do.
Other than loving placentas...weird, right?! I love food. I only eat meat if I know where it comes from meaning I can physically go to the farm and feed, pet and learn about the animals, their treatment, and the farmer's ethics. I have recently adopted this principle to dairy. After I thought about or perhaps after nursing I realized that dairy cows may very well be the most used animal on the planet and I am not okay with over milking and over pregnanting so I can have cheese or other dairy with everything.
My husband and I also like to be outside, travel, drink beer, watch football and frequent Half Price Books. I also enjoy a clean house but never really find the time to clean it. Yoga is my other passion and disconnecting my mind, moving my body, and soothing my soul trumps dishes unless I am having company or it's absolutely necessary.
That's me and my family in a nutshell and I hope you, too, can experience the benefits of placenta encapsulation.
Addendum: My kiddo in the picture is now 3.5. I have been encapsulating for over three years and still love every moment of it!