It has been a long journey to becoming an IPEN qualified Placenta Remedies Specialist (www.placentanetwork.com), a title I'm incredibly proud of. The training I received was broad-ranging and thorougher in preparing me for the various aspects of my work. Since completing my initial training it is through my membership of the Placenta Remedies Network (PRN) (www.placentaremediesnetwork.org), a group of specialists who support and help one another by shared knowledge and experiences, that I have continued to develop. It is through PRN that my colleagues and I are kept up to date on the latest developments within our industry as well as the safest and best practices to follow in order to provide the best possible service to our clients.
Below are links to the certificates received for the various aspects of my qualifications:
Hi, I'm Louise, a mother of two and a Placenta Remedies Specialist. Originally from the south-east of England, I moved to Manchester when a blind date (that had no future as we lived 170 miles apart!) went very well.
My background is not perhaps what you would expect of someone who spends most days working with, preparing for and thinking about the human placenta! Having spent all my career prior to the birth of my first son working in an office environment in often very male centric industries, it’s quite a leap. Nonetheless, I’m here and here to stay!
I think my first reaction to placentophagy was probably pretty typical. When simply stated: I help people eat their placenta/ I’m going to eat my own placenta, it doesn’t usually inspire an appetising image! However, like many people, once you come away from that image, understand what it really means and the many positive experiences people have reported, it suddenly seems like the most logical and natural thing in the world.
My journey began when I first met my now sister-in-law Sara Pereira, who was visiting from America. Having first learnt about placentophagy when studying Chinese medicine, Sara became fascinated with the idea. What started as an offer to a few friends, quickly became a thriving business and full time job (www.mommyfeelgood.com). At the time of that first meeting, I wasn't even close to starting a family myself so mentally dismissed the idea as: “icky” and one that I’d rather not think about!
My transition from “Icky” to “I can’t believe everyone isn’t doing this!” was many years in the making and most profoundly altered when I met a lady called Hilary. Hilary was a mother of four who only after the birth of her forth child had her placenta made into capsules. I acknowledge that each pregnancy and each postpartum period is different and some would argue that the outcome would be the same with or without the capsules. However, here I was with a person who had experienced the postpartum phase without placenta capsules not just once but three times before and yet she couldn’t recommend the practice enough! From Hilary's perspective there were no comparisons between the way she felt after the birth of each of her first three children to after the birth of her fourth and that's despite this time juggling three young children and a newborn. Hilary spoke of this time as feeling energised, balanced and in control. I was sold!
By the time my partner and I were having our own child, I was not only comfortable with the idea, feeling I could only gain from the practice but decided I would process my own!
So, after my first son was born in winter 2014 we encapsulated my placenta, bypassing the baby blues, experiencing no indicators of postpartum depression, breastfed without concerns for supply and while on my capsules I retained normal energy levels, not sleeping a full night for the entire time. I feel passionately that my story would have been quite different without the support of my placenta, just as it had supported my son for the first months of his creation.
In almost all other land-mammal species the placentas the first form of nourishment for the mother immediately after birth, including our closest relatives Chimpanzees. I want to destigmatize placentophogy and increase awareness of mothers experiences from using their placenta, while providing the safest and most hygienic option for mothers who want to try placenta remedies for themselves.