One of my APPA colleagues, Jennifer Mayer interviewed by New York Daily News!
One of my APPA colleagues, Jennifer Mayer interviewed by New York Daily News!
Let’s talk about the new Buzzfeed video that I am featured in. I was initially very reluctant to participate in this project but I decided to go for it and now I’m a little bummed on the outcome, but looking at it as more of an opportunity to cover this subject. Ochi’s initial reactions seem great and then as the days go on she claims feeling jittery and wired. This can happen, I state it clearly on my suggested dosage card. I am always very clear with my clients that the capsules can make you feel jittery or wired, and that if you do get this feeling that it is a sign that you’re taking too many capsules and you need to lower your dosage. I even clearly state that I do not recommend taking them just before a nap or any later that 6pm. I have clients that need more than the suggested dosage and some clients who do best with one capsule a day. Everybody is different and you need to listen to your body to find that perfect balance for you. So yes, Ochi’s response may seem less than optimal and may send someone who was on the fence about trying this running for the hills, but I suggest asking friends who have done it what their response was. Take a look at some of my testimonials on my website and Yelp reviews. I have worked with well over three thousand clients (need to count again) and many have come back to me for a second, third and now one client will soon be coming back for a fourth time!
Here is what the gorgeous Ione Skye Lee had to say about her experience. “I felt terrific physically and emotionally from taking the placenta pills right after my baby was born. I had heard of this before, it made sense but seemed too out there for me. I didn’t want to eat my placenta in a sandwich on a plate. When I met Sara – who for someone who is doing something far outside the mainstream, she was surprisingly “normal” and I could relate to her. I learned she put the placenta in pill form. That I could do. With my first child I didn’t ingest my placenta. I was more weak and fragile physically and emotionally. When I took the placenta pills after my second birth I felt a big difference. Of course I had a natural elation and deflation for a few days but I felt like a superwoman. It was an easy process, the hospital, Cedars Sinai had heard of this and were helpful. I wish I had more!” -Ione Skye Lee
And Tamara, “I became very interested in placenta encapsulation when I heard of all the benefits it could have. My sister had milk supply issues and my best friend had horrible postpartum, so I thought I would be pro-active and give it a try. I met Sara at a parenting class and what I was most impressed was how “normal” she was. Then I was recommended to her by my acupuncturist and I was sold. The whole process was simple as I didn’t even know it happened. I took the recommended dosage and I don’t know if I am really a lucky person or it was the placenta but I have had plenty of milk supply, and zero depression. I definitely recommend encapsulating your placenta to all pregnant women and Sara is the woman to do it. And to top it all off, she gives the best massage ever!” -Tamara
And Natalie, “The capsules have been great, I am just finishing them up! I have felt wonderful so I am guessing they did the trick. I was very worried because I do suffer from depression and was concerned about post-partum, but I have been very even keel and happy. Thank you so much! I will certainly pass your info on and use you again for our next pregnancy!” -Natalie
As far as the capsules starting to have and odor and taste, yep, that is normal. That will go away by storing them in the freezer after the first couple weeks of initial use. I’m not in any way trying to take away or belittle Ochi’s response to her capsules, but I sure wish she would have reached out as encouraged to work on getting the right dosage down for her body and her particular needs. Again, don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater and if you’re interested in trying this, do it! I can’t tell you how many times I have heard women tell me that they had decided against it only to wish later that they had done it. You can’t go back once you decide not to do it, but even if you do it and only take those capsules now and again to get you through some rough times it is worth it.
Cord Blood Banking: something to think about.
When I was a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed student midwife I was awarded with a certificate and a box of chocolates. My achievement was collecting the most cord blood in the hospital. At that time the Local Health District was trialling a cord blood bank. The collected stem cells were to be used for treating leukaemia and for research. Every woman birthing in the hospital was asked to donate cord blood for the good cause, and many generously agreed. I was exceptionally good at collecting the blood. This post is a small attempt to repent for my sins.
In recent years cord blood collection and storage has become popular, particularly in the private sector. Cord blood contains magical stem cells, and the idea is that if your baby becomes ill in the future you may be able to use these cells as treatment. My concern with cord blood banking is the inadequate…
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Thanks so much for sharing your experience! Just to clarify a couple of things, the cost is actually $275, not $400. And the tincture can be used in conjunction with the capsules or when the capsules are gone. You use the tincture for the same reasons you would use the capsules, any time of trauma, transition, hormonal fluctuations, growth spurts for babe, milk supply issues. I also highly recommend starting your caps or tincture again at the 3rd, 6th and 9th month to help with those times.
Here is some amazing information including pictures and videos of vaginal breech births. It can be done! Sadly residents are not learning how to support vaginal breech births, so they in turn do not practice it in their practice. Its nice to know the art is still being practiced and passed on.
I realize this is not for everyone, but some of you have been requesting it, so… I am also offering placenta prints upon request at no additional fee! I will be using thick acid free paper, so as not to affect the process of the capsules and tincture.
Take a listen to my interview on Good Food! Click the link and go to the download option where you can listen to last Saturday’s show. If you’re not interested in the whole show, you can skip to my interview toward the end.
In addition to turning your placenta into capsules, I am also offering placenta tinctures at no additional fee!
Placenta tincture is an added bonus in that it can be used in addition to and long after the capsules are gone. By tincturing a small piece of the placenta in a high grade alcohol, you can increase the length and benefits of your placenta for both mother and child. The tincture can be used in any time of trauma, transition, emotional distress and for mother later in life during menopause and even turned into a homeopathic remedy!
It is recommended to allow the placenta to steep for at least six weeks before use. The tincture is very shelf-stable if kept in a cool dark place such as a cupboard, and will last for many, many years.
If you are interested in having enough placenta tincture to last the lifetime of mother and child, you can continue to add 80 or 100 proof high grade alcohol (vodka) to the bottle as the tincture is used, never allowing it to get below half full, or even better, 3/4 full.
– 7 drops of tincture can be put in a glass of water and drunk by the mother during times of transition, trauma, hormonal fluctuations, etc. after her placenta pills are gone. Some women have reported using this placenta tincture to successfully treat the symptoms of postpartum depression, PMS and menopause.
– 3 – 5 drops can be given in water to the child when they are sick, getting sick or in a time of physical or emotional transition. It can be given to a sibling as well but ideally, each child would have their own placenta tincture.
To make into a homeopathic remedy, take the sample of the strained placenta tincture to your Naturopathic Doctor or Homeopath and ask them to make it into at least 6C potency remedy for you or follow the directions found here to make the remedy yourself. I have also recently found a homeopathic lab in England who will make individual placenta remedies for people. If you are interested in that, I can send you their contact info and some general prices.
Once the tincture is diluted down to a homeopathic potency, it will be a constitutional remedy for the baby throughout her/his life. It could be used for many/any constitutional or unusual ailments except when a specific remedy is more appropriate (example: arnica is specific for bruising). The placenta contains all one’s strengths and weakness so treating the child with this remedy will provide balance when there is imbalance. It is like their personal reset button.
The 6C remedy could be used to promote general health, boost immunity, strengthen and balance the child. It may be given twice a day for a child who looks run down, pale, or their appetite needs a boost. It can be given four times a day if the child seems to be coming down with something, has a runny nose or cough, etc. It can also be taken as needed for times of transition or stress like colic, teething, weaning, separation anxiety, 1st day of school, etc.
For more chronic conditions such as autism, cancer or significant injury, a higher potency like 40C or even up to an M dilution would be necessary. This would need to be done with the help and oversight of the child’s naturopath.
The information on this page has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The services I offer are not clinical, pharmaceutical, or intended to diagnose or treat any condition. Families who choose to utilize the services on this page take full responsibility for researching and using the remedies.