“Giving…placenta to a new mother following birth has become standard protocol among a growing number of midwives in the United States. By nourishing the blood and fluids, endocrine glands and organs, Placenta will …reduce or stop postpartum bleeding, speed up recovery, boost energy and relieve postpartum blues.” Homes, Peter. 1993. Jade Remedies, Snow Lotus Press, 352.
For thousands of years, Chinese Medicine has recognized the health benefits that can be obtained from the nutrients and hormones contained within a placenta following the birth of a child. In modern America, we have streamlined placental consumption to a safe, dehydrated-encapsulated (pill) form.
The list of benefits that can be obtained from the nutrients present in the placenta are numerous:
- Increase in CRH, a stress-reducing hormone
- Decrease in post-partum depression levels
- Restoration of iron levels in the blood
- Increase in milk production
- Increased release of the hormone oxytocin, which helps the uterus return to normal size and encourages bonding with your infant
- Source of your own natural hormones
- Lessen bleeding postnatallyHasten return of uterus to pre-pregnancy state
- Can be helpful during menopause
Working in childbirth support and education since 2008, Kara Pitt-D’Andrea expanded her services to include Placenta Encapsulation in 2015; a natural fit for her given Kara’s background and training in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Kara has her Master’s degree of Oriental Medicine, from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Racine, WI and focused her thesis on how to best support Postpartum Maternal Recovery with both Eastern and Western medicine together. Kara works closing with the TCM principles and practitioners to best support the families for whom she provides encapsulation services.
Kara has been supporting growing families in and around the Milwaukee area as a childbirth educator, birth doula, Certified Lactation Consultant and Doula Trainer since 2008. In addition to a Master’s Degree from The Midwest College, Kara also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland, College Park.