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Kaitlin White on the GBS Scare

Posted by Susan Stewart on July 1, 2017 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)
Kaitlin White is a Certified DONA Birth Doula, Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant, Certified Infant Massage instructor, and of course a Pure Birth Placenta Encapsulation Specialist! The following is a letter she wrote to her DONA Rep concerning the GBS scare in Oregon. "So, I think it's important to start off by saying that like with all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum that our clients ask us about, it's our job as doulas to either encourage them to do their research or provide them with all sorts of research so that they can make an informed decision that they feel comfortable about. Placenta encapsulation is no exception, and it's important for families who are considering this option to not only research whether this is something for them, but to also do their due diligence in making sure that the company that will be providing the encapsulation service for them knows what they're doing and is taking the proper safety precautions. In this one particular case that the article is talking about the method of preparation used appears to have been the raw method, whereby the placenta is dehydrated from a raw state. To truly keep it "raw" it has to be dehydrated at a low temperature, which is why the Group B strep bacteria was not eliminated prior to encapsulation and hence why it was passed back baby unfortunately. I personally don't provide the raw method of encapsulation for families so I can't really speak to the practice of it . But I think that this was a really unique situation in that the mother did not test positive for Group B strep prior to birth, and shortly after the baby was born they believed there was an issue with sepsis before they confirmed that there was Group B strep. So whether the encapsulator even knew there was an issue with Group B strep etc. when the placenta was picked up is unknown. There's also several other possible factors in terms of the company's policy on processing placentas using the raw method that we just don't know about . Maybe they don't process the placenta on a high enough heat with the raw method to kill the bacteria for example? It's really hard to say what happened. But what we do learn from this article is that if Group B strep is present, or that the presence of Group B strep is indicated after birth, that making sure that the placenta is processed in the proper way is paramount. So overall, as to whether this article is a good one to share with your clients who are considering placenta encapsulation, I think that it could be a good discussion piece or teaching tool. What I would make sure they know is that this report is based on one unique experience and that there are many women who are Group B strep positive who have successfully had their placentas encapsulated with no problems at all. That if they choose to encapsulate it's really important to update their encapsulator should anything change with the babies health or their health shortly after birth so that the encapsulator can assess whether it's still safe to proceed with the capsules or not. And that they make sure to research the method that they choose, whether it's raw or TCM and work with a company who takes extra precaution to make sure that the capsules will be safe." I think it's all about empowering our clients to make informed decisions, and that this article could be a great way to start that discussion. Kaitlin White Placenta Specialist, Pure Birth Services 807-7072157

A Little About Me

Posted by Susan Stewart on April 9, 2017 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (2)
*This blog post is written because of a Facebook incident on my personal account and meant for reposting there* Due to one of my posts yesterday quite a few people asked me what it is exactly that I do. I don't talk about my main career much because I work in the birth Industry and this page isn't necessarily the right place to talk about it. I have a separate profile for that. Because of what happened though I'd like to take a little moment to explain what it is I do other than socializing, taking selfie's, pictures of my kids for Facebook. I work from home so I have downtime and I get bored and lonely so I post here. I do a type of traditional Chinese medicine called Placenta Encapsulation. This is a process that is thousands of years old. The reason women hire me to turn their placenta into a postpartum supplement is because it has a significantly high success rate in preventing postpartum depression. Postpartum depression like PTSD, affects thousands, 80% of new mothers actually, and has significant impact on both mother and child. Postpartum is a period of time that is absolutely critical for both mother and child. The impact that period of time has is monumental and sets the stage for the rest of the child's life. As someone who experienced PPD with my first I can attest first hand that even 9 years later I still feel the effects of it. It's still agonizing. Why? Having had a second child (and successfully avoiding PPD with the help of placenta medicine) I see how much better it could have been. I bonded so beautifully with my second even though, by all rights I should have had it again. As someone prone to depression and having some difficult things to deal with at that time, I was a very high risk mother for getting it. My midwives and doctor had a plan in place for "just in case". I didn't get the same wonderful bonding experience with my first that I had with my second. Any parent will testify that "parental guilt" is a very real thing. I feel like my oldest and I were ripped off. I work at our bond in other ways as the years pass, but it's not the same as it is with my second. It just isn't. It's painful to know we aren't bonded as well as we should have been. I lament that often and I see little things about him that area a result of it. The experience with my second was like night and day compared to my first. It was magic, the way it should be and I see the difference in him as my boys grow up. Again, cause for extreme parental guilt. When I first heard about placenta encapsulation I was absolutely shocked to hear it helped prevent PPD. And I was angry! Angry because I had a placenta come with my baby, and no one ever told me ahead of time that I could have used it!! That that option to prevent a very painful time had slipped away from me. Kingston was then 1.5 and I was already thinking of becoming a doula (birth support person). I immediately dove into finding out how it was done. Two weeks later I did my first encapsulation. Yes I was a bit squeamish but I've done thousands in the last 8 years and it doesn't bother me in the least. I was basically shouting it from the rooftops so everyone would know it was an option. I knew I could possibly get in trouble with Health Canada but I figured that was a bridge I would cross if and when it came. Most other women were doing it completely hush hush for fear of getting into trouble. I not only never got reprimanded, I contacted Health Canada myself. I certify in the safe handling of blood and bloodborne pathogens regularly for both my families safety and my clients peace of mind. The reasons as to why PE works so well is that the placenta is a hormone producing organ and when it leaves the body, so does the hormone. A couple days after birth when the adrenaline wears off moms go through a hormonal nose dive and often get emotional and cry for no apparent reason. Some women recover after a few days and some don't. Some women find nine months to a year later that their hormones are completely out of whack again and don't know why and just beat themselves up for being depressed at a time when they should be elated. Taking your placenta in pill form is a palatable way of basically weaning your body off that hormone while also getting B vitamins, amino acids and iron from the placenta. All very easily assimilated by the body because it's from the mothers body. I now have 9 wonderful ladies across Canada and USA who contract for me and provide the service to women in their area as well. I have two women in town who work for me when I get to busy or go away as well. I've been featured in Canadian Business magazine, The Calgary Herald, CTV Mornings, CTV News, CBC Radio, CBC News, Mike Bullard had me on his show and I've been on dozens of web pages. Again, I just don't post much about it because most of the friends on this page don't care to hear about placentas. Anyway if you actually read this far, thank you for your time and hopefully this has enlightened a few people who were wondering what the heck I do all day.

A little about me

Posted by Susan Stewart on April 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)
*This blog post is written because of a Facebook incident on my personal account and meant for reposting there* Due to one of my posts yesterday quite a few people asked me what it is exactly that I do. I don't talk about my main career much because I work in the birth Industry and this page isn't necessarily the right place to talk about it. I have a separate profile for that. Because of what happened though I'd like to take a little moment to explain what it is I do other than socializing, taking selfie's, pictures of my kids for Facebook. I work from home so I have downtime and I get bored and lonely so I post here.  I do a type of traditional Chinese medicine called Placenta Encapsulation. This is a process that is thousands of years old. The reason women hire me to turn their placenta into a postpartum supplement is because it has a significantly high success rate in preventing postpartum depression. Postpartum depression like PTSD, affects thousands, 80% of new mothers actually, and has significant impact on both mother and child. Postpartum is a period of time that is absolutely critical for both mother and child. The impact that period of time has is monumental and sets the stage for the rest of the child's life.  As someone who experienced PPD with my first I can attest first hand that even 9 years later I still feel the effects of it. It's still agonizing. Why? Having had a second child (and successfully avoiding PPD with the help of placenta medicine) I see how much better it could have been. I bonded so beautifully with my second even though, by all rights I should have had it again. As someone prone to depression and having some difficult things to deal with at that time, I was a very high risk mother for getting it. My midwives and doctor had a plan in place for "just in case". I didn't get the same wonderful bonding experience with my first that I had with my second. Any parent will testify that "parental guilt" is a very real thing. I feel like my oldest and I were ripped off. I work at our bond in other ways as the years pass, but it's not the same as it is with my second. It just isn't. It's painful to know we aren't bonded as well as we should have been. I lament that often and I see little things about him that area a result of it. When I first heard about placenta encapsulation I was absolutely shocked to hear it helped prevent PPD. And I was angry! Angry because I had a placenta come with my baby, and no one ever told me ahead of time that I could have used it!! That that option to prevent a very painful time had slipped away from me. Kingston was then 1.5 and I was already thinking of becoming a doula (birth support person). I immediately dove into finding out how it was done. Two weeks later I did my first encapsulation. Yes I was a bit squeamish but I've done thousands in the last 8 years and it doesn't bother me in the least. I was basically shouting it from the rooftops so everyone would know it was an option. I knew I could possibly get in trouble with Health Canada but I figured that was a bridge I would cross if and when it came. Most other women were doing it completely hush hush for fear of getting into trouble. I not only never got reprimanded, I contacted Health Canada myself. I certify in the safe handling of blood and bloodborne pathogens regularly for both my families safety and my clients peace of mind. The reasons as to why PE works so well is that the placenta is a hormone producing organ and when it leaves the body, so does the hormone. A couple days after birth when the adrenaline wears off moms go through a hormonal nose dive and often get emotional and cry for no apparent reason. Some women recover after a few days and some don't. Some women find nine months to a year later that their hormones are completely out of whack again and don't know why and just beat themselves up for being depressed at a time when they should be elated. Taking your placenta in pill form is a palatable way of basically weaning your body off that hormone while also getting B vitamins, amino acids and iron from the placenta. All very easily assimilated by the body because it's from the mothers body.  I now have 9 wonderful ladies across Canada and USA who contract for me and provide the service to women in their area as well. I have two great ladies in town who work for me when I get to busy or go away as well. I've been featured in Canadian Business magazine, The Calgary Herald, CTV Mornings, CTV News, CBC Radio, CBC News, Mike Bullard had me on his show and I've been on dozens of web pages. Again, I just don't post much about it because most of the friends on this page don't care to hear about placentas. Anyway if you actually read this far, thank you for your time and hopefully this has enlightened a few people who were wondering what the heck I do all day.

Choosing a Placenta Specialist

Posted by Susan Stewart on March 14, 2016 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

As promised on the Facebook page I've started a blog! I've been meaning to do this for years and there's been a few issues that have come up recently that I feel needs to be discussed. The first issue I want to address is choosing a service provider which I touched on over Facebook.

 

I can't stress enough to women that they need to be VERY careful when choosing someone to encapsulate their placenta. No, it's not rocket science but there is a lot left to personal decision and interpretation when it comes to preparation methods and standards. For instance there's the great debate about which method is better, raw or steamed. I'm going to talk about that in another blog post though. Theres the matter of blood left in the placenta, extras added during the steaming process, drying time etc etc. And while it's easy to assume that these variables don't make a big difference, they do!

 

I spoke with not one but TWO women the other day who had their placentas botched and were scared use them. You can't replace a placenta. There's no way to know exactly what went wrong but after showing me her pills, I have some best guesses regarding one of the mothers pills.

 

I have been passionate as heck about postpartum depression since I experienced it with my first. I spent a great deal of time researching encapsulation after I found out you could potentially avoid PPD by using your placenta. I don't take it lightly, the bonding period after birth is a sacred and extremely important time in both mom and babies lives. Not to mention the partners, moms emotional well being will have implications in that relationship as well.

 

There are some great ladies offering the service out there, but so your due diligence and ask questions. How long have you been encapsulating placentas? What certifications pertaining to your work do you have, if any? What happens if you get more than one placenta in a day? What is your preparation method? And anything else that crosses your mind. I've had clients very sheepishly ask me questions because they were worried they might offend me with them. If a provider gets offended or huffy because you're asking about their prep and safety methods I'd consider that a pretty big red flag.

 

Hope this has helped! My first blog post complete. Don't hesitate to ask me any questions you might have.


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