Placenta Encapsulation: My Story
One of the first questions that clients or their family ask me is "How did you get into this line of work?" It's a fair questions considering my line of work is certainly not something common or expected.
So here is my story:
When I was pregnant with my first child I wanted to do it all. I read blog after blog about various topics and placenta encapsulation was mentioned with glowing reviews time and time again. I asked my midwife for a recommendation and decided I would have my placenta encapsulated.
I made the mistake of not contacting my specialist until 4 days after my baby was born. By that time I was stuck on the roller coaster of my own postpartum hormones and I desperately needed her services. She agreed to come over the next day and get to work.
She arrived and walked in to find me newborn in arms and a freshly tear stained face. I was struggling and I was so eager to welcome her into my home. She brought her supplies into my kitchen and she got right to work. I don't remember much of anything about the process because what was most healing for me was her willingness to listen as I talked about my birth and my experience of my first few days of motherhood. I was starting to feel a bit better after releasing my emotions and knowing that my placenta was on it's way to working it's magic for me.
My specialist returned the next day and finished up her work. I started my capsules that same day and within a few hours I felt the fog lift. Previously I had been emotional, weepy, and unable to find a good balance in my new role as a mother. The capsules helped me steady myself and things just felt normal again. I was still experiencing the normal postpartum transition but it was not nearly as sharp and steep of a drop as it had been before I introduced placenta capsules into my system.
Beyond my mood I had zero issues with my milk supply despite the hinderance of a nipple shield those first 2 weeks. I stopped bleeding within a week & a half and discovered newfound bursts of energy where previously my fatigue had lingered. I credit those placenta capsules to a much easier postpartum experience. I was instantly made a believer.
A year later I realized that had my midwife not recommended someone to me I would have struggled to find someone to provide this service for me. I decided that I wanted to share the benefits of this service with other women and I wanted to be easily accessible to the modern pregnant woman.
So, that brings me to today, 2 years later, with nearly 150 clients under my belt and a sincere gratitude for this service that not only saved my postpartum experience but has given me a career and a business that I truly love and enjoy.
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Hillary Westbrook is a Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist