Wishing everyone a wonderful 2016 full of lovely births and babes! As I approach my seventh year of offering placenta encapsulation in the greater Sacramento area I am blessed to work with so many amazing families! Thank you for the #placentalove & Happy New Year!
Woman encapsulate for many reasons. The fear of postpartum depression is one of those reasons.
According to a study performed by the National Institutes of Health, "During the last trimester of pregnancy, the placenta secretes so much CRH that the levels in the bloodstream increase threefold. However, it was also discovered that postpartum women have lower than average levels of CRH, triggering depressive symptoms. They concluded that the placenta secreted so much CRH that the hypothalamus stopped producing it... After childbirth, the hypothalamus doesn't immediately receive the signal to begin producing CRH again, which can lead to postpartum depression. Eating the placenta will raise a mother's CRH levels therefore, reducing postpartum depression."
For additional research on how encapsulating your placenta may benefit you during your postpartum period please visit my research page HERE.
Greater Sacramento Area moms are having well balanced postpartum transitions. Join them!
Sharing information past clients have found helpful in their informed decision making process regarding the Vitamin K Shot. Some of these maybe dated, and I am sure there is new information available, but maybe for those searching this can be a good starting off point.
http://www.givingbirthnaturally.com/newborn-vitamin-k.html - this one
gives alternatives too.
http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/vitktop.html - if you scroll down
this one has info on oral dose.
Please note - All links shared for informational purposes only. Everyone should do their own research, talk to their care providers, and make their own informed decision.
From the way back blog machine...circa 2010/11. I wanted to share since it is that time of year again and we are making up a batch so the PlacentaMom family stays HEALTHY this fall and winter. I love adding some elderberry syrup to our tea for a yummy immune boost! Much health and happiness from my family to yours!
The girls have a cough, and since we cannot use most conventional cough syrups due to the artificial colors I have gone back to being a believer in Elderberry Syrup. Years ago Chepe and I bought Sambucol but it is sort of pricey and to really be effective you have to buy a lot of it, which makes "sort of pricey" quickly become just plain "pricey".
After researching online for a recipe and chatting with another preschool mom who is taking a class with an herbalist I found that making your own Elderberry Syrup is not hard at all. And not pricey either; it cost only a few dollars to make a canning jar full of syrup.
Ingredients can be found at your local health food store or online.
1/2 cup dried elderberries*
1 cup raw local honey**
3 cups water
*Most health food stores carry dried elderberries. If you have access to freshelderberries use 1 full cup and be sure they are the dark/black/blue variety, not the red ones. The red elderberries are toxic and should not be used in any preparation.
** Buckwheat honey or an other dark honey is best for use as medicine due to the high antioxidant the darker honeys contain. However, we opted to use vegetable glycerin that we had on hand since it is also sweet and our girls already take honey for their cough in other remedies. Also, if using honey do not give this to children under the one year of age (or age two if directed by your pediatrician).
Add water and elderberries to saucepan.
Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
Thoroughly mash the elderberries. I mashed them periodically throughout the simmering process to be sure their goodness was fully being extracted.
Pour liquid through mesh strainer in order to strain out the berry bits.
Add honey to strained liquid.
Stir well to mix the berry juice and honey together thoroughly.
Bottle and store in the refrigerator for 2-3 months.
When sick you can take a spoonful every 3-4 hours or as a daily maintenance for a strong immune system you can take a tablespoon daily. Add it to tea and it is YUMMY and oh so good for you. We have even added it to juice to make it easy for the little ones to take.
Be forewarned...cooking up this syrup will make your house STINK! I did not notice, but when my hubby came in from outside he said it was terrible and about 10 times worse smelling then the the local brewery. Then my mom came to watch our girls and she said it smelled like vomit in our house. Later I could smell the elderberries on my clothes, which was not totally pleasant. So my advice is to open a few windows while you are making this.
Also, the vegetable glycerin is a little too sweet. My girls will take it, but complain that it sweet each time, so next time I will stick to the recipe and use honey in hopes that it will be a tad bit more palatable.
Elderberry Fights Flu Symptoms
Elderberry Syrup--no H1N1 for this family!
I have been honored to be an admin for HM4HB since the very beginning! So, in celebration of Human Milk 4 Human Babies 5 Year Anniversary I am reposting this personal post I originally shared on Friday, January 15, 2010. This story of sharing 80 ounces, along with my own breastfeeding struggles, and wanting to honor my maternal grandmother's legacy as a wet-nurse in her village in Iran all led me to be actively involved in the Mission/Vision/Values of this amazing global network! Happy 5th Anniversary HM4HB!!!
This week I dropped off 80 ounces of breastmilk to the local milk bank. It was a moment of mixed emotions, but it was good for the whole family knowing we were helping those in need.
For years I have always seen the ads for the milk bank in the back of parenting magazines, have know a few friends who have donated, and am now pleased to know a little guy who was helped by milk bank breastmilk. All of this, along with knowing first hand how difficult feeding issues in children are made me want to do what I could to help.
My milk supply has not been the greatest since Lily's birth, but now that she is over a year old she is transitioning to solids & almond milk and we thought that the time was right for breastmilk donation. So, for the last few weeks I have basically designated my first pumping of the day to go towards donation. Originally I had set the goal to donate one gallon of milk, but I had to settle on 80 ounces. Still I was proud to take in my cooler of flatly frozen milk bags and it was warmly welcomed with many thanks.
I think some of the mixed emotions I experienced comes from my understanding that milk banks are needed & are beneficial, but that on the other hand I think the processing, pasteurization, and fees associated with milk banks in our country involves way too much red tape. After educating myself on the pros and cons of milk banks I still went ahead with the process to get approved as a donor.
Now that I have donated I would greatly encourage others to do so. Many mothers are doing what they can to pump for the cause of getting human milk to human babies, and some even donate privately in order to help recipients directly without all that above mentioned red tape. MilkShare helps match donors and recipients and I may give private donation a try too eventually. Private breastmilk donation greatly appeals to me on a personal level because many parents use the donated breastmilk to supplement their low supplies or for allergic babies. Something that I really wish I had known about in my early parenting days since I know all too well the troubles associated with both. I would have accepted donated breastmilk in a heart beat!
My hope is that in the future breastmilk donation will be as common as blood donation and more babies in need will benefit.
UPDATE 3/2/2011: For more information on mother to mother milk sharing please visit: Human Milk 4 Human Babies Global Network
Human Milk 4 Human Babies (HM4HB) is a global network represented by community pages for each state/province/country. These pages provide a space where families in need can connect with women who have milk to share. HM4HB affirms that human milk is the biological norm for human infants and children. HM4HB does not support the sale of human milk.
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The answer is simple...all types.
Over the last 6+ years I have worked with moms from all walks of life. You name it and I most likely have encapsulated for a mom in that career, profession, and demographic. This actually surprised me initially. I thought since placenta encapsulation was a bit on the "crunchy" side I would be working with more moms that may label themselves in that way, but boy was I wrong.
I quickly put my assumptions aside and was amazed as moms with thriving corporate careers, teenage moms, military moms, LGBT moms, stay at home moms, surrogate moms, mainstream moms, and those from all different types of backgrounds embraced what their placentas could do from them during their postpartum period, and have contacted me to prepare their placentas for them.
No matter their background, and whether it is their first baby or their 5th+ baby I am always honored to be asked to work with each and every mom. I love hearing their stories, getting to hear the reason they are deciding to take advantage of this birth option, and seeing their sweet bundles of joy that made it all possible. The PlacentaMom family has grown over the years, but with each new client I am excited to get to know another mom and be a witness to her own amazing journey.
What type of mom encapsulates their placenta? The answer is simple..Moms. We are all different and the same, wrapped up into one, and that is what makes it all so magical.
Placenta encapsulation is for all moms.
Once upon a time, way back when, I was an avid blogger. I blogged about my family, our crazy adventures, and then the crunchier side of me. I found blogging to be a therapeutic outlet during all the trials and tribulations of life. However, as our two bambinas got older and filled our day with more and more activities my time to blog began to be harder to find. I realized I had to take a break and posted a sad "The End" post bidding farewell.
Jump forward a few years...
Yes, I am still busier then ever, but our girls are older and finally going to school together on the same schedule. After figuring out the new swing of things I am ready to attempt a blog once again. Of course this time it will be more PlacentaMom focused, but I am sure family adventures will crop up from time to time.
In the coming weeks I am going to dust off some of my past archived posts that I think will benefit others, especially those in the local Sacramento birth and parenting communities that I serve with my placenta encapsulation services. In addition there will be new posts and guest posts to enjoy and share. I love seeing how both the local and virtual community are growing and the support offered is simply amazing. At times I am even a bit jealous since not much was available way back when, or if it was it was hard to find. Not jealous enough to add another to the Morales Crew (lol), but jealous enough to want to help continue to build the information and resources to those searching.
To get thing started I will answer a set of questions I am asking all guest bloggers to answer as well, because sometimes off the cuff questions make us realize we are all in this together…
You have won the free time lotto...how are you spending a day with no obligations?
Hands down...day at the beach with the family. This is our happy space and we cannot get enough of the ocean air, sand between our toes, and cool waves. The beach makes me happy.
Thank goodness there is no age limit...what is your favorite kid show?
Yo Gabba Gabba - we were pioneers of this show. Thankfully our girls liked it too ;)
Now that you have gotten your feet wet with this parenting gig...what is the best advice you could give the pre-kiddo you?
Take lots of pictures. The memories will be joyful.
Remember the power you felt wielding that baby registry scanner gun…what was the one item you were certain would be the holy grail of gifts, but turned out to be bunk?
I really, really, really wanted a wipes warmer. We used it for awhile, and I did like it, but with time using them right out of the packet was more convenient, especially since we had stairs.
Sharing is caring...what is your favorite charity?
Since our girls are in school and the list of needs seems to be never ending Blue Oak PTA gets a lot of our attention, as does the Blue Oak Garden of Learning.
The cover is worn, you have read it a million times, & can recite it in your sleep...what children’s book have you shamelessly tried skipping a page (or five) come bedtime?
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. Read it in English, Spanish, using funny voices, with finger gestures...not to keep their interest, but to keep my sanity. We read this one A LOT!
Baby poo or spit up...which is worse?
Spit up. I have a thing with saliva. Bleck.
Parenting can drive us to drink...pick your poison...Coffee, Soda, Beer, or Wine?
Coffee...I never drank it until I gave birth. Never.
Looking forward to sharing more with you...
- Tamara Morales
'The Placenta Mom'
Is your placenta in your birth plan?
The Placenta Mom
Tamara Morales is a wife, mom, and placenta encapsulation specialist serving the greater Sacramento area. This blog will share tidbits of the people, places, and things she loves as she navigates life and parenting.