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What Is Placenta Encapsulation?

A week ago I had the privilege of attending a placenta encapsulation class. As a Doula, my goal is to learn more skills that will be valuable for my clients and potential clients. I came across a beautiful young lady by the name of Kaci on Instagram one day while looking through a Doula hashtag and I followed her and we became insta buddies. I checked out her site and saw she was offering a placenta encapsulation class. I had an idea of what it was but didn’t know as much then as I know now. I consider myself a professional student and I’m always willing to learn new things especially in this birth worker space.

In this post, I’m going to talk about placenta encapsulation and what are the benefits. 

What is a Placenta?

The placenta is a temporary organ that develops in your uterus during pregnancy. This organ provides nutrients and oxygen to your growing baby during pregnancy, and it also removes waste products from your baby’s blood. The placenta attaches to the wall of your uterus, and your baby’s umbilical cord arises from it. The organ is usually attached to the top, side, front, or back of the uterus. 

What is Placenta Encapsulation?

The custom of consuming the placenta which is known as placental encapsulation is centuries old and is often practiced in Chinese medicine. Placental encapsulation is the practice of ingesting the placenta after it has been steamed, dehydrated, ground, and placed into pills. Traditionally, this is taken by the mother and is believed to impart numerous health benefits.  It is frequently taken shortly after giving birth, during a woman’s menstrual period, or during menopause with the belief that it helps counter some of the symptoms of menopause.

Benefits of Placenta Encapsulation 

There is little evidence-based research available in regards to placental encapsulation and its consumption benefits. However, tradition and holistic customs embrace numerous potential advantages which come from ingesting the placenta.

Some of these benefits are:

  • Increase production of milk
  • Increased supply of Iron
  • A decrease in post-partum depression levels
  • Better Maternal bonding with baby
  • Reduced PostNatal bleeding
  • Reduce hair loss
  • Increased in energy
  • Increased release of the hormone oxytocin, which helps the uterus to return to its normal size

Making Your Decision:

There is limited research available in either support or opposition of placenta encapsulation, although there are many reported benefits.  The potential benefits of placenta encapsulation include both mental and physical benefits.  An individual’s experience with their placenta is a very personal one.  Individual assessment of one’s risk of developing a postpartum mood disorder, having milk supply issues, or possibly struggling from blood loss after giving birth may be the most appropriate guide in determining whether or not placenta encapsulation is right for you.

I’m currently waiting on my official certification but if you’re in the Atlanta area and you’re interested in this service reach out to me via email and of course, reach out to my amazing instructor Kaci Griffin from Labor With Kaci, and also follow her on Instagram. We are committed to the safe preparation and storage of the placenta for those interested in experiencing the great benefits of placenta encapsulation.

Nurse of The Month: Pamela Zellner

Ever since I knew I wanted to pursue a career Nursing, I always said I would like to be a Nurse like carol Hathaway (ER fans would know) and at one point I wanted to be the Christina Yang of Nursing then I thought maybe I need to be the Meredith Grey of Nursing since she has a Harper Avery award. I know, I know all these are fictional characters but there’s one Nurse that I’ve had the privilege to work with that is the perfect combination of all 3 of these women. She’s fierce and really good at her job and is very family oriented which is a plus for me; with her busy work schedule she always finds the time to be superwoman to her children and husband. This month’s feature is my Charge Nurse in the PICU, someone whose presence brings me joy when I’m at work, She is also a very good teacher to the novice nurses.

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Tell me about yourself.

My name is Pamela Zellner.  I have been married to my husband, Jason, for 15 years, and we have two precious children, Dylan who is 12 and Megan who is 9.  I have been a nurse for 16 years and I have spent my entire career in the Pediatric ICU at The Children’s Hospital in Macon, GA.  My hobbies include reading, running, traveling, and eating chocolate.  Jesus Christ is my very best friend and I love the life He has given me!

Why did you become a nurse?
I became a nurse because I love children and I wanted a career where I could serve people, especially kids.

When did you realize nursing was your calling?
I think I’ve always known deep down that I wanted to be a nurse. I was never the kid that wanted to be a teacher or anything like that. I knew I wanted to work with kids and that I wanted to be in the medical field. When I was in 5th grade and my grandfather was lying in a hospital bed dying, I kept wiping his face with a cool rag over and over. I remember his nurse telling me that I would make a good nurse. That always stuck with me so if I had to choose one moment where I knew nursing was my calling, I would definitely choose that one.

What specialty and where are you working now?
I started my nursing career in 2002 in the Pediatric ICU at The Children’s Hospital. After 16 years, I am still here. I have worked night shift all 16 years, and I wouldn’t have it any other way! I love my job and the amazing nurses, doctors, techs, MR’s, and respiratory therapists that I’ve had the privilege of working with over the years.

List the 5 most interesting things about your specialty.

  1. We are located in Macon, GA but we serve a much larger population. We get patients from all over Central and South Georgia. We’re located right off I-75 so we also get many patients from out of state who are traveling through the area.
  2. Our patients range from newborn babies who have gone home and then get sick to teenagers, to sometimes adult patients who have pediatric disorders and are still followed by pediatric doctors. We also get a lot of what we call NNICU grads, babies who have spent many months in the NNICU but aren’t ready to go home, so they graduate to the PICU.
  3. We have amazing teamwork in the PICU!!! Our intensive care doctors are amazing and actually listen to nurses and take our advice about patients. We call most of them by their first names!
  4. We love to have fun in our unit! It’s not uncommon to find us having a breakout dance party in the middle of the unit.
  5. We have many patients that “live” in the PICU and we enjoy being their “fake Mama’s” when their families can’t be there. We really do love the patients like they’re our own!!!

What was your biggest obstacle in nursing/nursing school?


My biggest obstacle in nursing has been sticking it out during the hard times. There have been many times during my 16 years where we’ve had a lot of staff turnover. It’s very frustrating to work so hard to train nurses to just have them quit soon after.
What is the #1 thing you wish you had been told as a nursing student?
The #1 thing I wish I had been told as a nursing student is that no matter how much you study in nursing school, no matter how much clinical time you have, you never really learn how to be a nurse until you start working as an actual nurse.

Can you tell us what was your experience as a novice nurse? Do you have any advice/tips for prospective nurses as well as the novice nurse?

I had a great experience as a novice nurse. My co-workers were very helpful and supportive of me as I learned to make it on my own. My advice for novice nurses is to ask questions!!!! You will never know it all so please don’t hesitate to ask questions…there are no dumb ones!

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Should You Get The Flu// Benefits And Myths About The Flu Shot

 Since my previous post about the flu shot  Should You Get The Flu Shot: Yay or Nay? , I have come to the realization that the topic of vaccinations can be a very touchy subject. People get into arguments, stop talking to friends all because of a difference of opinions, yes it can get that intense. I guess I never realized how sensitive this subject can be as vaccinations isn’t as controversial back in Antigua where I’m from than it is here in the US. While here in the US most people are reluctant to get certain vaccines, that is not the case back home(Antigua) or at least that’s as far as I know.

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Should You Get The Flu Shot: Yay or Nay?

A few days ago, I uploaded a video of me getting the flu shot to my social media, I also tweeted about it and to my surprise, I got a lot of feedback that I wasn’t expecting, which prompted this post. Ever since I have uploaded the video, People have been sending me messages ranging from “You take that mess?” to “Thanks for reminding me” to “There’s no such thing as a mandatory flu shot” and many more. 

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Nurse of The Month: Woodeline Pierre

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to collaborate with a fellow blogger and was featured on her blog, you can check out my feature here. She is also in the healthcare industry so it was only right that for us to collaborate again. I’m always in awe at the amazing people I’ve been able to meet from my little corner on the internet; hey the internet does has its perks. Allow me to introduce Woodeline Pierre, this month’s Nurse of The Month feature.

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Surviving The Holiday Weekend

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Thanksgiving was just a few days ago and many of us got the chance to eat to our hearts content, as well as to spend much needed time with our families, after-all we can count on the holidays to bring families together.

It’s been a little over two weeks since my last blog post (life really got the best of me) so in the spirit of giving thanks, I just want to say Thank You: I’m forever thankful to those of you who’ve been supporting me since I started this blogging journey, thank you for reading, liking, commenting and sharing my blog posts it is greatly appreciated.

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