By LeRae Haynes –
Trish Nairn from Cariboo Mamacare provides a unique, personal, and supportive service to moms with newborn babies. Reflecting a practice that dates back centuries, she processes the placenta into capsules to provide postpartum support that includes numerous health benefits for both mom and baby.
“In traditional Chinese medicine they use anybody’s placenta; however, the way we look at it, your placenta is genetically identical to your baby,” Nairn explained. “The mom’s body has produced it and it hangs on to its own nutrients; when you take the capsules everything you take in has been produced by your own body.”
There’s a lot of natural history to this: most mammals consume the placenta almost immediately after birth, she explained
Benefits can include increased release of the hormone oxytocin, which helps the uterus return to normal size and encourages bonding with the infant, an increase in CRH, a stress-reducing hormone, a decrease in post-partum depression levels, restoration of iron levels in the blood, and an increase in milk production.
“It helps with post-birth hemorrhaging, the release of any retained placenta cells, replenishes nutrients, helps reduce pain after childbirth, and increases energy,” said Nairn.
“Oxytocin is known as the love hormone, and these capsules increase bonding with mom and baby.”
She said most moms call within a couple of hours after the birth, and it takes her about 24 hours to make the capsules. The new mom starts taking them immediately.
“I had this done when my son Griffin was born,” said Nairn. “I was searching for help with potential postpartum depression—it runs in my family. If you take an antidepressant you can’t breastfeed,” she added.“Finding another option for support was really important to me.”
She said she had a midwife for the birth, and a midwife can often make suggestions about where to find placenta encapsulation services. “For me, it increased my energy and milk production—everything went well. It helps you build up your iron quickly,” she explained.
Nairnhas provided this service to both first- and second-time moms, and said the neat thing about the second-time moms is they know what a difference it makes.
The capsules are good on your shelf for three months, and you receive approximately 170 of them. She said she also makes a tincture as part of her Cariboo Mamacare services, adding that after the pills run out, new moms can use the tincture for their first cycle.
The first three months are the key. “I took them steady my first three months, and had a few left over so I took them when I needed a boost,” she said.
“I wanted to be able to do this myself for my own second baby and offer this extra support to others. It’s empowering to be able to help others; so far, all my moms have been very satisfied with it. They call it their happy pill.
“Other cultures plant the placenta with a tree or release it into the ocean with a ceremony,” she said. “Some see it as a guardian angel for their babies.”
For more information visit www.cariboomamacare.ca and follow Cariboo Mamacare on Facebook.
LeRae Haynes is a freelance writer, song writer, community co-ordinator for Success by 6, member of Perfect Match dance band, and instigator of lots of music with kids.