I Ate My Placenta and Loved It!

Well sorta.. actually these are referrals from folks who used our placenta encapsulation services with Melanie Belk! Melanie has a biology degree  and is also the mom to four and a labor doula- although she rarely doulas much any more. She recently realized she had encapsulated over 100 placentas! She loves her work and here are some words from those who have benefited from that work! Here is a link to a previous client’s blog you may enjoy as well- L&MBLOG

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I used the placental encapsulation services for my third child.  I was petrified of having postpartum depression and anxiety … with two big kids in the house I could ill-afford to be blue.  My pills lasted for about two months and I don’t regret taking them one bit.  I do feel my energy was stronger and my mood was steadier than after my previous two births.  If I were having another baby, I wouldn’t hesitate to take the pills again.

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I decided to give placenta encapsulation a shot after doing much research on the benefits of it (decrease in baby blue and depression, increase in energy, increase of breast milk, and provides natural iron just being a few of them). I figured let me give it a try, it defiantly can’t hurt. As per Melanie’s instructions I got my cooler and bag ready to take to the hospital. She was great as soon as my husband called her she was there to pick up the “goods” and the next day she already delivered them to me and I was already taking the pills. I really believe these pills helped me with the baby blues. Since the start of me taking the pills I felt like I stayed positive and energetic. Placenta Pills defiantly aid in healing a mother’s body!!!

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Having really struggled with nursing for my first two children, I am finally getting to enjoy the experience of an adequate milk supply and overall great nursing experience.  The ONLY difference with my third child was the placenta encapsulation.  I definitely and highly recommend it!

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In the past, I struggled with depression due to hormonal imbalance.  I was very afraid that depression would rear its ugly head again after having my baby.  Placental encapsulation seemed like a nice safety net to have.  Melanie made the whole process incredibly simple and easy.  During a crazy and complicated time, she handled everything and my pills were ready for me by the time I left the hospital.  I am happy to report that I experienced nothing but joy and happiness after the birth of my baby girl.

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I am probably one of the rare people who were very excited about trying placenta encapsulation. This was my first birth and I was very worried about my potential to have a difficult time postpartum (I am typically an emotional roller coaster as it is). I had such a positive experience with my placenta pills. I had tons of energy after giving birth, and I felt that my recovery time was very quick from what I had heard normal vaginal births have. I also used the placenta tincture and now (almost 6 months postpartum) I take those drops a few times a week for energy. It is a natural energy boost whenever I need it. Melanie was so helpful with answering my questions and she was so great about getting the pills to my house as soon as possible after my birth. I would recommend placenta encapsulation to anyone giving birth!

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I have been so pleased with the placenta encapsulation.  I decided to do it because of my struggle with post-partum anxiety after the birth of my daughter.  In the weeks following this birth I felt so much lighter and had no baby blues this time.  My milk supply was tremendous, which was an added bonus.  When I went back to work after 12 weeks, I took the pills again and had a smooth transition.  I still missed him and wished I were home with him, but I wasn’t crying at my desk or bawling all night thinking I didn’t want to leave him like I did with my daughter.  I feel the placenta encapsulation was key to feeling better this time.

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I honestly can’t speak highly enough of both my experience with Melanie and the benefits I enjoyed from encapsulating my placenta. After a 61-hour un-medicated labor, followed by 3 days with my son in the NICU, I came home utterly having not slept in a week and essentially drained. Melanie picked up my placenta within hours of delivering, and brought the capsules the next morning (along with a lovely print and umbilical keepsake!) but in all the NICU chaos, I ended up not even remembering the capsules for a few days.

4 days postpartum, I woke up and suddenly felt a MASSIVE hormone shift. It affected me emotionally and physically, and was honestly frightening. I immediately began following Melanie’s dosage instructions, and it was like magic – I felt noticeably better almost immediately. This was no placebo effect. It felt like taking a powerful vitamin, specifically concocted for me with exactly the correct components to bring my depleted body back not just to a balanced place, but to an energized place. During the subsequent weeks, through breastfeeding problems (on low supply days, by the way, an extra capsule REALLY helped) and colic and all the challenges that early parenthood presents, I wholeheartedly credit my daily placenta intake with allowing me to stay nourished, and to feel calm and healthy. Feeling strong gave me the incredible gift of being able to truly enjoy even the tough moments in those first weeks with humor and resilience, whereas in a weaker hormonal and physical condition, I could have so easily felt overwhelmed and rundown. Any mother knows how immeasurably important those first days and weeks with a new baby are, so anyone who helped me be stronger, more present, more positive, and more replenished during that time is sincerely someone I will forever love and be thankful for. And Melanie, with her magical placenta ninja skills, is certainly one of those people.
The first few days when I forgot to take the capsules ended up giving me an enlightening look into the kind of hormonal backlash I might have had to weather had I not encapsulated my placenta. Feeling that incredible heaviness, very briefly, and then feeling it lift upon taking these capsules…it was really amazing. It really made me aware of what a powerfully beneficial thing this is to do, and how fortunate we are that people like Melanie are available to provide this invaluable service.
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I really enjoyed my experience with Melanie. She expertly answered all my questions and was very easy to talk to. She provided the encapsulation of my placenta quickly and even included a nifty imprint of it for to keep as a memento. Her instructions for using the capsules were easy to follow, too! Overall, i would rate my experience with this service and with Melanie as exceedingly positive.
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So if you are concerned with some of the postpartum issues that you have read about here, and want to try something that is getting more exposure as an alternative to drugs to treat those symptoms, consider placenta encapsulation too! Melanie works as an independent contractor with Labor of Love. Contact us at Info@alaboroflove.org to get our information packet with the placenta encapsulation agreement and if you have specific questions, contact her at Melanie@alaboroflove.org and let her know you are interested in knowing more!