Last summer I had the unique and exciting opportunity to document the process behind placenta encapsulation.
We don’t have many doulas in our area that specialize in placenta care and I was so honored to watch and capture Amber’s work.
Amber is one of our local doulas I have had the pleasure of working a few births with. She is the owner of Belly to Cradle and Pensacola Placentas. I first met her over two years ago at a birth, and then again when we got together to talk birth and for me to grab some headshots of her. She’s a wife, mom, doula, placenta care worker, and from what I can tell several other busy and active roles in our area. One of them being on the board of the Pensacola Birth Center Project ( facebook site ).
I find the placenta to be amazingly intriguing. The perfect balance it holds to care for both the life of a baby and a mother. It’s durability and strength. Each piece is vital and important to help aid our bodies in creating and growing new life.
There is a lot of information available about the reasons behind placenta encapsulation. It is definitely worth looking into and researching. I know our local placenta workers would be more than happy to email or talk to anyone and answer questions you may have.
I plan on taking my own placenta home after having my next child. I’m having a print done of it. During our second daughters birth my midwife held up her placenta and explained each piece of it. She told us the uses for each part and seeing something so small and how it holds a baby inside it, with each kick, jab and punch, staying strong and keeping a new life safe. It is an amazing organ.
To find more information on placenta care in our area check out our local birth workers resource site –http://www.emeraldcoastbirthresources.com/placental-encapsulation.html
It has grown a lot in our area since I started in the birth industry a little over 3 years ago.
The two layers of amniotic membranes–the amnion (the baby’s side) and the chorion (the mom’s side), which can actually be pulled apart!