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The Art of Sacred Postpartum MOTHER ROASTING

Training Manual


Dear Mother Roaster, Welcome, welcome! We are so glad you've come. Your tender, open heart is needed here. Your knowledge of the old ways is needed here. Most especially, your hands – working and weaving, gathering and mixing, are so very needed here. Now more than ever, we need you, Mother Roaster. Now, when our lives are more enmeshed, yet less intimate. More full, yet less nourished, more public, yet less witnessed. At our most intense and vulnerable We ache at these dichotomies You knew this, and so you have journeyed to us, Carrying your tender spirit of love and service. We thank you. Birth, The Great Kiln, Transforming Woman Into New Mother and Babe. New Mother, The open vessel. Readily pours herself forth for her child. To replenish, to thrive To gather herself She needs The Mother Roaster’s hands. Hands to mix the salves, Hands to run the bath Hands to craft fortifying meals and replenishing teas, Hands to blend traditional herbs and remedies. Hands to gather her far extended, tattered edges. Binding together the maiden, the vessel and the woman. Honoring and treasuring her passage Welcoming her in fullness into the sisterhood of Mothers. Your hands. May they be blessed. And so it is.

~ Olivia Hamilton Jones 3


She SERVES : The Art of Postpartum

She HEALS : The Art of Placenta

She NOURISHES : The Art of Conscious Cooking


Welcome to The Art of Sacred Postpartum™ Crossing the threshold from maiden

Mother Roasters are caregivers

to mother is a massive undertaking

that nurture new mothers after

that not only needs to be recognized

birth

and

recovery

ceremonially

honored,

but

while +

supporting

their

journey into

deeply necessitates a healing touch

motherhood; as every women

that can welcome the new mama with

deserves to be welcomed into

open arms. As a postpartum receiver,

motherhood through gentle +

you are charged with holding space

loving + care.

for women on the other side of birth, you are reminded of being reverent with your service to her, and you are blessed to be her witness as she starts feeding her baby milk, heals her body, and begins to seal the rawness of her birth experience. You are there to wrap her in a blanket of

Welcome,

Anni Daulter & Your Postpartum Artists

your loving care, warm her insides, massage her, create herbal tinctures for her, educate her on placenta prana™ , feed her soups, and gift her with ceremony.

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The Art of Sacred Postpartum Training Manual Honoring every woman's journey from maiden to mother and dedicated to all of you who will take this good work into the world and make a difference with your PROUD MOTHER ROASTING service. Only those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, indeed ever do!

The Design Team + Deep Gratitude: CREATIVE DIRECTOR + PROGRAM DIRECTOR ~ Anni Daulter DESIGNER ~ Stephanie Green ~Thank you for all of the long nights, your beautiful vision and working tirelessly to get this done and birthed in the world! We are eternally grateful. POSTPARTUM SISTER ~ Olivia Hamilton Jones~ Thank you from my whole heart for throwing yourself all off this cliff for the good cause to get this into the world. POSTPARTUM PARTNERS ~ Peyton Callahan ~ Thank you for generously jumping into this program and for believing in it Maggie Bijl ~ Thank you for your vision for the logo and all the work you have done to bring this program into the world Myrriah Raimbault:~ Thank you for always and in all ways supporting me and the entire Sacred Pregnancy Movement


This program would not have been possible without the generous support of our wonderful experts and contributors POSTPARTUM WELLNESS EXPERTS: Anni Daulter Maggie Bijl Bridget DiLuzio Amanda Johnston Brandy Lynn Lewis Tnah Louise Valerie Lynn Nina Phalan Myrriah Raimbault Nicole Schwartz

PHOTOGRAPHERS: Victoria Karalun ~ Canary Lane Photography Tammy Bradshaw ~ Tammy Bradshaw Photography Lindsay Holt ~ Whole Body Alchemy Sara + Jason Martin ~ Concept Photography Brandy Lynn Lewis - Serenity Mama Earth

ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTORS: Kristen Eileen Kristen Marescha-Gilley Olivia Hamilton Jones Hayley Warren Lane Mary Luz Oscategui Antonette Vasseur

We offer thanks for the wisdom, peace and vision granted as a result of their efforts.

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow‌ Melody Beattie

Thank you!

Copyright protected material 2013 by Anni Daulter. All rights reserved. This manual and all contents herein are property of Sacred Pregnancy, LLC and no portion of this book may be reproduced without specific permission from Anni Daulter, CEO and founder of the Sacred Pregnancy Movement.

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Contents She SERVES :

The Art of Postpartum

She HEALS :

The Art of Placenta

CLAIMING : CLOSING BIRTH

HEALING : WRAPPED + WARMED

CLAIMING : PLACENTA PRANA

HEALING : EDIBLE ESSENCE

*Now We Bow *Sealing Stories *Postpartum Depression +Tincture +Ancient Spell

*Bengkung Belly Binds +Belly Firming Paste +Heaty Oils +Baby Belly Bind *Rebozo Tuck In +Blessing & Demonstration

*P-Prep +Mock prenatal appointments *Prana-Qi +Blessing

*Eat it!

HONORING : BEAUTY WAY

CEREMONY : RED + RIPE

*Mother Wisdom Deck *Full Service : +Ceremonial Bath / Oil Rub Down / Rebozo Tuck In / Belly Paste / Belly Bind *Mandala Art +Service Signature

*Mother Earth Blessing +Placenta offering to Mother Earth *Blood Lines Blessing +Burn Box Demo +Lotus Birth prep *Breaking The Bond *Chinese Medicine *Delivery of Placenta : Remedies

CEREMONY : DIPPING IN *After Birth Basics +Vital Fire Tincture +Peri-Care +Sitz-Bath +Episiotomy Care +Yoni Pops *Ceremonial Bathing +Floral Malay Bath +Milk + Honey Bath

*Risks *Cleaning + Draining +Cleaning Placenta *Sanitizing Workspace *Prana-Ma (hands On) +RAW Method +Chinese Medicine

+Dehydrating the placenta

+Grinding and filling +Packaging *Placenta Treating PP Bleeding *Deep Drink +placenta smoothie

*Tinctures + Homeopathics +Make raw placenta remedy

+Make Period Perk *Salves + Balms +Make basic Prana Balm *Art it! +Make a placenta print

+Make umbilical cord keepsake

HONORING :

HOLY YES!+SACRED NO!

*The Art of Embracing Holy Yes + Sacred No *mala mantra


She NOURISHES :

She WARMS :

CLAIMING : SACRED KITCHEN

CLAIMING : SACRED PASSION

HEALING : V-STEAMS

*Relationships *NAKED TIME *Deep Connection +heart to heart *Mother Fears +Release Work

* Healing Yoni Steams +Experience V-Steam * Essential Herbs

CEREMONY : HEAT HEALS

*The Art of Deep Connection +Heart to Heart Connection Exercise *Going To the Bowl

The Art of Conscious Cooking

*Sacred Kitchen Creation + Tips *Sacred Sign *Food Handlers Info *Food Tree CEREMONY : MAY YOU NEVER THIRST *The Tapestry of Teas +Tea Ceremony +Mother Turmeric Tea +Mama’s Happy Tea +Sweetwater Lactation Tea +You ROCK! Mamma Tea *SUPER-FOOD +Breastfeeding *Atole *Chia Dream

HEALING : MAY YOU NEVER HUNGER *Restorative Soups +Heaty Foods Defined +Bone Broth +Red + Roasted +Sunset Soup *Soul-FOOD +After Birth Rice +RAW Boobie Cookies +Sunrise Cake HONORING : BREAKING BREAD *Food Blessing *Share Sisterhood Meal

The Art of Mother Roasting

*Hot Stone Abdominal Press +Make Herbal Hot Press *Mighty Moxa +Moxa Demonstration

HONORING : SISTERHOOD

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The Art of Postpartum Care Defined... The definition of POSTPARTUM CARE is helping a woman regain both physical and emotional balance as she readjusts her post-birth body to a non-pregnant state of being. The ART of truly caring for a postpartum mother lives in the delivery of the service. It’s a delicate touch, a soft voice, a healing hand, and a listening ear, and its the way the brush strokes of each of these, paints a picture of the for a mama after she has crossed the threshold from maiden to mother. This is a spiritual time that deserves REVERENCE, humility, expert care, and WARMTH that enables the postpartum mama to truly heal and seal the birth process. The ART OF POSTPARTUM CARE is more than a career choice, its a SACRED VOW

to women to hold their hand through the quiet days of becoming a mother and to create this special time in her HONOR. Becoming a MOTHER ROASTER is a PRIVILEGE and you are blessed to hold space for a mama as she closes the birth journey. Please remember that reverence and know that you are the postpartum artist, painting a picture of transition for a woman that is so beautiful, warming, nurturing and loving and that she will want to gaze at your work in wonderment.

~Anni

So WELCOME to The ART of SACRED POSTPARTUM...


Day one: CLAIMING: CLOSING BIRTH CEREMONY : DIPPING IN HEALING : WRAPPED + WARM HONORING : BEAUTY WAY

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Sealing the birth journey is as essential as BIRTH itself... ~Anni Daulter


Claiming: Closing Birth *NOW WE BOW *SEALING STORIES *POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION TALK *ANCIENT SPELL

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Now We Bow

Bowing in reverence to the work that you

done in GRATITUDE

Retreat Activity:

and humility for the

*in deep reverence while listening to

do to serve women is

HONOR it is to witness her in one of the most

EVERY WOMAN BOWS Nina Lee’s beautifully inspirational song, “Here Down On My Knees” as

vulnerable times in

she decides what her VOW to serve

her life. This is the

women will be. After the bowing, every

Beauty Way...You

woman will go around the circle and

must understand your

CLAIM HER VOW. You are GIFTED

willingness to SERVE in this way before you can hold your hand out to a new mother. ~Anni

your PAINT BRUSH!


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Sealing Stories: ~Tnah Louise

A Mother's Birthing Journal by Tnah Louise How does a woman process her birth journey? There are many ways, but telling her BIRTH STORY is the first critical processing of starting the transition into motherhood. SHE NEEDS TO BE HEARD! Then HONORED! For a new mama to take the time for deep reflection, to look within, find her HEART song, sing it to the world and her babe, and scribe it... gives her the POWER to process! It allows her freedom to work out the kinks of what she liked and what she didn't like. It opens her to reflection and thus HEALING. Journaling will increase your mama's conscious AWARENESS and will help her contact her spiritual guidance and higher self.

Why journal? Journaling brings to life clarity and tenderness as you witness yourself. New mamas can easily begin down a path of having a running stream

of inner thoughts that tell them they are not doing it right, or they are not as good as other mothers. Putting a pen to paper can calm negative chatter by allowing for an affirming place to grow that will help uplift instead of tear down. As a MOTHER ROASTER you want to allow for a space for your mamas to begin this journey. You can choose to create a journal for each of the postpartum mamas you serve as a GIFT or as a Menu Service, but give it to them with the stated intention that you want them to: *Claim their birth Story by writing it down in the journal *When they are ready they will share the birth story with you or someone else who will do NOTHING but listen intently to every word. Writing about your birth experience and the legacy of your child's life is an act of cherishing what is closest to your heart.


Retreat Activity: BIRTH JOURNALS

Each participant at the retreat will create a Birth Journal and will later write her birth story of either herself giving birth or her birth story of how she came into the world. This project will be done in groups and while creating each woman will go around the circle and tell her "birth story" one or the other. *a plain journal *pictures, post cards, or cut outs from magazines *picture of baby *glue *baby pic or pic of woman

POSTPARTUM

MENU ALERT:

*A Sacred Journal hand created by you with beautiful intentions may be a service you offer or something to gift your client with. We recommend that each one is made special with each new woman in mind...and include a picture of her new baby.

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Postpartum Depression: ~Maggie Bijl

BABY BLUES! Up to 80% of women experience something called the baby blues… emotional surges that begin in the first days after childbirth. With the baby blues, a woman might feel joyous one minute and tearful or overwhelmed the next. She might feel sad, weepy, blue, discouraged, unhappy, tired, or moody. Baby blues usually last only a few days — but can last as long as a week or two or longer. These emotional surges are believed to be a natural effect of the hormone shifts that occur with pregnancy and childbirth. In some cases a woman's thyroid hormone may decrease, as well. As hormone levels normalize, baby blues usually resolve on their own without ‘treatment’. Many new mamas experience mild ups + downs during pregnancy and/ or after the birth of a child, although 15 to 20% of them experience more

significant symptoms of depression or anxiety. Getting proper rest, nutrition, and support are very helpful in avoiding baby blues and/or depression — since being exhausted or sleep deprived or feeling overwhelmed can reinforce and fuel feelings of sadness and depression. Allowing family and friends help with errands, food shopping, household chores, or child care can be extremely helpful as well; letting a ‘Mother Roaster’ serve, heal, nourish and warm the new mother. About 10% of new mothers experience postpartum depression, which is a true clinical depression triggered by childbirth and usually begins 2 to 3 weeks after giving birth, but can start any time during the first few days, weeks, or months postdelivery. A new mother with Postpartum Depression might experience feelings of exasperation, desolation, irritability, guilt, lack of interest


in the baby, changes in eating and sleeping habits, difficulty focusing, thoughts of despair and sometimes even thoughts of harming the baby or herself… Postpartum Depression is serious and needs ‘treatment’. Feelings and thoughts like these are painful for a woman to experience

— especially during a time that is idealized as being full of joy + happiness. Many women are reluctant to tell anyone or ask for help when they feel this way. But postpartum depression is a medical condition that requires attention and treatment.

If feelings of sadness or depression are strong, if they linger throughout most of the day for days in a row, or if they last longer that a week or two, a new mother must talk to her midwife or doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

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POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION TINCTURE Each participant at the retreat will create a Postpartum Depression Tincture

Postpartum Depression Tincture: Motherwort, Leonarus cardiaca *Motherwort, a perennial herb in the mint family, is known as the connector herb between the heart, the nervous system and the womb. The flowering tops, consumed as a tincture, have an affinity for alleviating anxiety and depression, particularly when associated with the hormonal fluctuations associated with the changing times in a woman’s life. As a gateway herb, Motherwort carries us through the transitions in and out of our cycles of mothering. Ideally suited for puberty, menopause and the transition into motherhood, Motherwort’s tincture eases hormonal transitions and supports a balanced emotional state.

POSTPARTUM

MENU ALERT:

*Postpartum Depression Tincture can be on your menu of services :

Suggested Price : 20.00

*Lenoarus cardiaca, meaning “Lion-Hearted” reminds us of the true balance of motherhood. Mirrored in her doctrine of signatures found within the nuances of her flowers, we are reminded to be soft and embracing on the exterior while fiercely protecting all that we hold dear to our heart. Motherwort is ideally indicated for women who

are stepping into motherhood for the first time or consciously birthing their last child. Often, first time mothers and those having their last baby may be nervous or fearful about fully stepping into motherhood. Sometimes, these women are more likely to have challenges with a retained placenta as their subconscious deeply desires to hold on to the last vestige of their pregnant state of union. One dropperful of Motherwort tincture under the tongue following the birth of the baby will help the placenta to fully release. During the postpartum period, Motherwort tincture, 1-2 dropperfuls in 2-4 ounces of water, can alleviate postpartum depression and especially postpartum anxiety. Combined with Milky Oat tops, this formula deeply nourishes the nervous system, balances the hormones and supports the transition into fully embodied motherhood.


Postpartum Depression Tincture

1 ounce fresh Motherwort flowers and leaves ½ ounce fresh Milky Oat tops 2 ounce 190 proof Organic Alcohol (Or 3 ounces 100 proof Vodka) And 1 ounce distilled water

With love, gratitude and intention harvest fresh plant material. Milky Oats MUST be prepared using fresh plant material. Combine plant material, alcohol and water in a glass jar. (If high proof organic alcohol is unavailable, use 100 proof Vodka instead of the organic alcohol and distilled water)

Cover, label and shake well. Store out of direct sunlight and allow to infuse for 6 weeks. Strain, reserve liquid and compost plant material. Allow the tincture to settle overnight. Decant and pour into dark amber bottles. Dose: 1-2 dropper-fulls in 2-4 ounces of water as needed

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Postpartum Depression Ancient Spell:

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Various cultures mark a baby coming into the world with ancient passed down spells or wise woman...this was a gift to me from a wise woman I know... ~Anni

saying "YOU WILL NOT EXPERIENCE BABY BLUES" with each time you walk around her

sweep

out negative * energies from the front of the house *leave a bundle of rosemary and motherwort flowers hanging by her bed

Postpartum Depression Ancient Spell:

*mark the baby's forehead with BLESSED blue powder * mark the mother's forehead with blessed blue powder (you can use blue holi powder that you have blessed) *walk around the mother 3 times holding a jar of water with a coin in it


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¬ Mother Blessing: May you never know a day of mother pain May you claim your place in the circle without strain May you see only your beauty as a mother

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May you never compare your heart to another May you not feel fearful + anxious feelings flowing May you ONLY live by your INSTINCTUAL maternal knowing ~Anni

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Keeping a mother warm and well nurtured provides a foundation of wellness on which she can begin her parenting journey. ~Nicole Schwartz


Ceremony : Dipping in *AFTER BIRTH BASICS *CEREMONIAL BATHING: ~FLORAL MALAY ~MILK & HONEY

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After Birth Basics ~Nicole Schwartz

The intensity of the birthing process can lead to some degree of bruising, swelling and discomfort, tissue trauma, and, in some cases, the need for perineum repair or suturing. The likelihood of tearing during the birthing process is influenced by many complex factors including: long-term nutrition, hydration at the time of birth, the position of the baby, the speed of the birth, overall pelvic floor tone and health, and genetic factors related to tissue elasticity. Some women are led to believe that her care provider plays a large role in her likelihood of tearing, and while there are certainly things that can be done to help support a mother’s perineum it is just one piece of the puzzle. Please be aware that the women that you serve are very likely to have some feelings about her tearing, healing and recovery. Don’t be afraid to ask about how she is feeling, how her perineum

is healing and if her body is sending her any messages that she wants to discuss. Feelings of physical discomfort can, in many cases, be relieved and healing aided with herbal and homeopathic remedies. Having a foundation of knowledge related to these natural remedies may support the women you are called to serve and assure that they’ve been cared for in the best way possible.


*AFTER-PAINS “VITAL-FIRE” TINCTURE *PERI-CARE *SITZ BATHS *EPSIOTOMY CARE *YONI POPS

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Traditional Chinese Medicine ~Nicole Schwartz

According to Chinese

increase circulation to the

Medicine, pregnancy is a

area of a soreness, swelling

heating condition, and birth

or laceration. The additional

journey can cause a rapid

circulation can best aid in the

reduction in the internal

healing process. Applying

heat of the mother. Helping

ice is only recommended

to warm the mother, with

if the mother has extreme

the use of warming herbal

swelling or a hematoma (a

infusions, compresses

blood blister that results from

and oils, will assist with

a broken blood vessel seeping

her overall transition but

under a layer of skin). While

particularly with her tissue

this section doesn’t include

repair.

specific TCM remedies, the

Applying gentle heat to areas of need will protect the mother’s internal heat and

overall foundation is built upon these values.


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POSTPARTUM

MENU ALERT:

*Vital-Fire Tincture can be on your menu of services : Suggested Price : 20.00

After Birth Pains ~kristen avonti

Cramp Bark, Virbunum

to contract, returning to its

opulus

normal, non-pregnant size. For

Cramp Bark is an antispasmodic herb which increases the efficacy of uterine contractions and supports the uterus’ ability to contract in a coordinated and effective manner. Cramp Bark

Retreat Activity: MAKE VITAL -FIRE TINCTURE

Each participant at the retreat will create a Vital-Fire Tincture

many moms, these postpartum cramps can be intensely painful, particularly while nursing. The intensity of these cramps often intensifies with subsequent births.

can be prepared as a decoction

Cramp Bark, or Black Haw, can

or tincture to reduce the pain

be combined with pain relieving

associated with postpartum

herbs such as Meadowsweet,

cramping, also known as

White Willow bark or Valerian

afterpains.

and consumed as a tincture.

Cramp Bark, and the related plant Black Haw, are two interchangeable species of Viburnum used to soothe uterine cramping. Within a few hours of the birth, the uterus should have contracted, or involuted, to be several centimeters below the navel. In the days and weeks that follow, the uterus must continue

Cramp Bark tincture can be consumed preventatively, 15-20 minutes before nursing, or as needed in response to painful cramping. Additionally, if the postpartum lochia (bleeding) is clotted or stagnant, Angelica root can be added to the tincture to encourage the release of anything still held within the uterus.


Afterpains~VITAL- FIRE ~Tincture

¾ oz Cramp Bark or Black Haw ¼ oz White Willow bark *Optional: If lochia is stagnant or contains a lot of clots, add ¼ oz Angelica root 3 oz 190 Proof Organic Alcohol (or 5 oz 100 Proof Vodka) And 2 oz Distilled Water

Begin by gathering herbs and supplies with gratitude and intention.

Store out of direct sunlight and allow to infuse for 6 weeks.

Combine herbs, alcohol and distilled water in a glass jar.

Strain. Reserve liquid and compost the plant material.

(If high proof organic alcohol is not available, you may use 100 proof vodka instead of the combination of organic alcohol and distilled water) Cover, label and shake well.

Allow the liquid to settle overnight and in the morning decant into dark amber bottles. Dose: 1-2 dropper-fuls in 2-4 oz of water, 15-20 minutes before nursing or as needed

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Peri-Care:

~Nicole Schwartz

HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES FOR POSTPARTUM HEALING The homeopathic method was developed by Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician and professor of Pharmacology. Homeopathic remedies are developed by a series of dilution an succession in a solvent or solid medium. The final remedies does not contain any active plant materials, and is therefore safe for use during pregnancy and the postpartum period (as well as in children of all ages). Begin be taking 2 pellets of the recommended remedy and observe your body and mind. If you feel your symptoms have been addressed but not cleared, re-dose.

Tissue Trauma and perineal healing: ARNICA 200C (BEST TAKEN IMMEDIATELY)

Sleeplessness due to a racing mind, anxiety about not being able to sleep, unable to nap because there is too much to accomplish: COFFEA 200C Birth Trauma or anxiety related to a very fast (precipitous birth): ACONITE 1M

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POSTPARTUM

MENU ALERT:

*Sitz Bath Herbal Remedies can be on your menu of services : Suggested Price : 20.00

Retreat Activity: MAKE SITZ BATH

Each participant at the retreat will create a Sitz Bath Herbal Remedy

Sitz Baths:

~Nicole Schwartz

SITZ BATH:

This herbal infusion is used topically to sooth and heal sore or damaged tissues. Dried herbs can be prepared into an infusion by steeping 1c. total dried herb in 4 cups of water until a strong “tea” is brewed. After straining the herb, the infusion can be added to a sitz bath basin that attaches to the toilet or just pour into the bathtub. Soak for 20 minutes up to three times a day. If she has sutures or a significant laceration, the sitz should be limited to 1 time per day for the first week. This allows the tissues to begin healing without endangering the integrity of the repair. BASIC HERBAL SITZ RECIPE: The following is a list of base, supporting and aromatic herbs that you can select from in order to formulate your own sitz bath recipe. In herbal

medicine, it is common to use a sort of formula in the creation of a remedy. Base herbs serve as the foundation for healing and best target the overall issue, supporting herbs provide supportive function and are added in smaller quantities. Aromatic herbs assist by supporting the overall comfort and feelings and make a more pleasurable experience. **Choose one base herb, 1-2 supporting herbs and an aromatic herb. Avoid over doing it! Some of the best herbal remedies are single herbs used for a targeted purpose. Each of the herbs listed has is own power and personality. They work well as a team, but don’t over do it. Creating a blend that has too many herbs reduces the effectiveness by reducing the overall amount of base herb in your recipe.


BASE HERBS: (Use up to 4oz) ~ Witch Hazel leaf: astringent, especially useful treatment of hemorrhoids and varicosities ~ Plantain leaf: demulcent, astringent and mildly antiseptic

SUPPORTING HERBS: (use up to 2oz) ~ Calendula flowers: antiseptic and anti-inflammatory ~ Yarrow flowers: antiseptic and astringent ~ Marshmallow root: demulcent, soothes skin and tissues ~ Rosemary leaf: antiseptic and anti-inflammatory

AROMATIC HERBS (use up to 1oz) ~ Lavender: Aromatic nervine helps relaxation ~ Jasmine flowers EXAMPLE: (9oz total/or just slightly more than 1c dried herbs) 4 oz witch hazel leaf 2 oz calendula and yarrow 1 oz lavender

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POSTPARTUM

MENU ALERT:

*Compress + Healing Infused Oil + Bum Butter can be on your menu of services Compress : Suggested Price : 15.00

Healing Infused Oil : Suggested Price : 15.00

Bum Butter : Suggested Price :15.00

Epsiotomy Care + Yoni Pops : COMPRESS: Moist wounds heal faster so compresses are especially helpful in the immediate postpartum period. The sitz infusion may be warmed and added to a clean cotton cloth and used as a compress on the perineum. This promotes good circulation, oxygenation and enhances healing. INFUSED OIL AND BUM BUTTER: You can also take a serving (1 cup) of your sitz bath (you can add comfrey to this recipe) and place it in 1 cup of carrier oil (olive, sweet almond,

RECIPES REQUIRE THE FOLLOWING SUPPLIES: *cotton cloth *crock pot *condoms *carrier oil of your choice *beeswax

coconut or jojoba oil) and gently warm it (do not boil), allowing for the herbs to release their medicinal qualities into the oil. All the herbs to steep for 1-2 hours, or in a small crock pot on low overnight. Strain the herbs.

is added, use 4 parts oil and to 1 part wax to create a hard salve, or a 8:1 ratio for a softer butterlike remedy) that can be used topically to soothe sore, swollen or bruised tissues. Also helps with hemorrhoids.

HEALING INFUSED OIL: You can use this healing oil topically on any skin on your body, including your perineum.

YONI POP: In the event of severe swelling or soreness. Mothers can freeze the herbal infusion inside of a condom or the fingers of a medical glove. They can then be used to target the place of pain and discomfort during the healing process.

BUM BUTTER: Adding beeswax to the infused oil will create a salve or butter (depending on how much wax


A Note about Comfrey ~nicole schwartz

Comfrey is a very powerful healing herb. It can be found in many herbal sitz recipes, but I do not include it in mine. Comfrey leaf is exceptionally good for healing, but in the case of sutures or a deep laceration, it can promote healing from the most superficial layer of skin before the deeper layers of tissue are able to fully heal. This increases the risk of infection. Comfrey, in my opinion, is best used in a salve that can be applied topically when a minor tear has occurred.

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Ceremonial Bathing: ~Valerie Lynn

POSTPARTUM

MENU ALERT: *Malay Floral Baths can be on your menu of services, which should include a blessing + a coconut oil rub down, followed by the rebozo tuck in and end with the bengkung belly bind. Suggested Price : 150.00

MALAY FLORAL CLOSING BATH RITUAL The child bearing cycle begins with fertility, then blossoms into pregnancy, climaxes with birth and culminates with recovery. In cultures that view pregnancy ending with birth leaves a woman’s experience of pregnancy “open-ended” as there is no mental, emotional or spiritual closure of her experience. Many cultures around the world do have sacred traditions and ceremonies surrounding the postpartum period. Women are honored in ways that recognize their rite of passage into motherhood,

Retreat Activity:

MAKE MALAY BATH MIXTURE Each participant at the retreat will create a Malay Floral Bath Mixture with a partner. You will each take turns writing a blessing and then wash the hands of each other saying the blessing and anointing her forehead.

whether it is for the first time or for successive children. In cultures that have designated recovery periods a special ceremony marks the end of her recovery and her re-entrance back into society. The most common closing ritual is a ceremonial bath, which both honors and recognizes a mama’s strength and selfless sacrifice she went through to birth her child into the world. In Malaysia, there is an ancient ceremonial practice to end the postpartum recovery period on the 44th day after delivery. The mother is given a floral bath with seven varieties of scented flowers, seven citrus limes, and rose water. The fragrant flowers symbolically wash away the scent of the blood, or lochia, which has been dispelled from the mama’s body for the past weeks, restoring her feminine aroma. Citrus limes are traditionally used for cleansing the body and spirit. The rose water is added as the rose is attributed to femininity; and is a symbol of achievement,

completion and perfection. Each mama is considered “perfect” just as she is, even after birth when women do not feel particularly beautiful. This special mixture is kept overnight and added together in a floral bath. The mama is bestowed with prayers for her health and strength. A traditional Malay closing bath starts with pouring water upon the feet and moves up slowly to the knees, thighs, abdomen, chest and lastly the head. After the bath, the mother will be given an exotic sweet scented floral herbal drink. This final treatment is to welcome the mother to a new healthy harmonious life. Birth is a celebration and the primary person involved in the process, the mama, is honored for her achievement. Doesn’t that sound like a lovely ceremony to honor a mother and seal her body and birth experience? Flowers hold life and possess positive energy that can refresh the mind and soul.


Sacred Closing Bath Ritual

7 scented flowers: red rose, white rose, jasmine, purple orchid, lily, ylang-ylang, lotus, and magnolia. Pull the petals off of some and leave some whole. 7 citris limes sliced Rose water: 10 oz or 300 ml LET MAMA SOAK FOR 20-30 MINUTES OR MORE. NOTE: Bring a netted bag to remove items from bath before draining water. Make sure there is a catch in the drain so the items don’t go down the drain.

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Thai Iced Sweet Tea: 4 1/2 cups water 4 tea bags black tea 4 teaspoons sugar 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk, divided 1/4 cup half-and-half, divided

Bring water to a boil in a kettle; remove from heat. Add tea bags and steep for 5 minutes; remove tea bags. Stir sugar into tea until dissolved. Cool to room temperature. Fill 4 glasses with ice; pour tea into each glass until almost full. Stir 1 tablespoon sweetened condensed milk into each glass. Float 1 tablespoon half-and-half atop the iced tea.

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Milk + Honey Closing Bath Ritual ~ Anni Daulter

RECIPE Honey: 1/ 2 cup for softening and moisturizing of the skin. Milk: 2 cups almond milk Rose Petals: Healthy Handful Candles


Ceremonial Bathing: ~ Anni Daulter

Allow your postpartum Mama to relax, while you prepare the bath. Run warm water for her and then mix in the almond milk, honey + rose petals. Next light candles around teh bathroom, have gentle music playing for her and invite her into her honoring bath. When she enters

into the bath, pour over her the milk mixture three times saying the milk + honey blessing to her. Allow her to emmerse in the warm bath and when she is done, do the coconut oil rub down and move into the rebozo tuck in and then belly bind.

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Wrapped + Warmed *BENGKUNG BELLY BINDS *CEREMONIAL REBOZO TUCK IN

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Bengkung Belly Bind ~Valerie Lynn

*Health Benefits *Belly Firming Paste *Heating Oils *Baby Belly Binds

BENKUNG BELLY BINDING

Wrapping the belly is an effective and important part of a mama’s recovery that aids the body to shrink and recover in shorter time period, normally six to eight weeks. A bengkung belly wrap provides a mama’s postpartum body with 3600 support to assist the abdominal wall muscle retraction, improve posture, stabilize loosened ligaments, and provide support to the torso while vital organs returned to their pre-pregnancy size and position. During pregnancy a mama’s body retains water, fat, and air which cause her body to swell and expand, including the organs in the womb area such as the cervix and vagina. The water retained by cells supported the amniotic fluid; and the purpose of the air was to cushion the baby, a mama’s internal organs and bones, as her center of gravity shifted and the baby grew larger and larger. This is why a mama gets more and more swollen during the last months of pregnancy. When a baby is born the excess water, fat

and flatulence are no longer needed and the cells will naturally release and shrink back to their pre-pregnant size. However, the purpose of a post-pregnancy wrap is to speed up this process with constant pressure on the abdomen and torso area. A longer design of a postpregnancy wrap provides a holistic support to all of the abdominal and pelvic organs, including the muscles, in the pelvic area. Support to the pelvic area is very important in the immediate weeks after birth as a mama’s cervix dilates 10 cm when active labor is reached; this is equivalent to the size of an average bagel. Therefore the pressure of a longer wrap on the hip area helps the cervix shrink and allows the pelvic muscles to heal without being further stretched. Steady, pressured support on the hips allows the body to “close” more easily than if just left in its expanded state. The bengkung style of binding is known to help heal diastasis recti with the constant supportive pressure on the abdomen area.


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Health Benefits: ~Valerie Lynn

During pregnancy, musculoskeletal changes are stimulated by hormone secretions and the continuous expansion of the uterus. Some of these changes include: ABDOMINAL WALL EXPANSION AND ABDOMINAL WALL SEPARATION (DIASTASIS RECTI)

The growing fetus and the increasing weight of the baby puts pressure on the muscles can stretch the abdomen as much as 50%. The abdominal muscles (rectus abdominis) on either side are joined by a narrow fibrous strip (linea alba) that thins as it stretches. Hormonal changes which happen during pregnancy also cause connective tissue to soften. When the muscles separate, their strength is reduced and this can lead to back pain. The condition is more likely to occur where the abdominal muscles were weak prior to pregnancy. It is vital that the abdominal wall returns to its pre-pregnancy location to protect internal organs and properly support the torso.

SPINE AND POSTURE REALIGNMENT

Posture is greatly affected as a baby grows larger in the womb. The pelvis tips forward to counterbalance the baby’s weight, which causes the pubic bones and tailbone to move backward, increasing the arch in the lower spine and creating a lordotic posture. The upper spine simultaneously responds to this structural change by increasing its curvature, which rounds the shoulders forward, collapses the chest inward, and slides the head forward, creating a kyphotic posture. The combination of the kyphotic/lordotic posture results in the classic “S” shaped spine of a pregnant woman and is a direct result of a shifting centre of gravity. This shifting of a woman’s center of gravity and spine can affect the nervous system and cause aching, weakness, and numbness in the body.


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PELVIC FLOOR RELAXATION

The pelvic floor provides balance, body stabilization, and vital organ support. The pelvic floor is the base of the core muscle system, attaching to the abdominal muscles and the sacroiliac joints. During pregnancy, hormones cause ligaments to stretch, which loosens the pelvic floor structure. This natural realignment allows the pelvic bones to open for the baby’s birth and makes a mama feel a bit wobbly on her feet. After birth the pelvic floor can remain loose and unstable for up to five months. Because the pelvic floor acts as the support system for the lower intestine, colon, and bladder, these vital organs may be less supported for a few months immediately postpartum. This lack of organ support is the primary reason why women suffer incontinence when coughing, sneezing, or laughing after giving birth.

BACK SUPPORT

Due to the longer, holistic design of the wrap, binding supports a mama’s back and so relieves the back pain associated with the immediate post-natal period. This also helps to reduce the strain involved in lifting and carrying a baby as well as provides back support when breastfeeding as most mama’s don’t realize they are slouching.

SELF-WRAPPING BENGKUNG - CESAREAN INCISION SUPPORT

One of the major benefits of a self-wrapping belly wrap is that it supports the muscles around the incision site, protecting the incision and therefore helps to reduce pain. The garment also props-up the stretched, flabby skin so it doesn’t lie against the incision allowing the body to be able to heal better. This garment allows a mama to be more mobile and active while recovering during the first few weeks.

For the best results

Begin tummy binding as soon as you can after giving birth, ideally around Day 5, and then continue to wear it each day for at least 40 days and even longer if you are not satisfied with your healing.

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Herbal Tummy Firming Paste ~Valerie Lynn

Used in combination with the belly binding is an herbal firming paste that is applied to the tummy and torso area and covered with a thin cloth before the belly is wrapped. The firming paste always made with 100% natural ingredients, such as nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric, clove, ginger, cardamom, cumin and kaffir lime, that has warming properties, which stimulates blood flow to the area on and around the abdominal resulting in the firming, toning, and strengthening of the internal stomach muscles as well as the loose abdominal skin. The ingredients stimulate the body to release retained water in the tummy and torso area. A mama’s tummy will be flabby and depending on how many weeks after she’s delivered may also be bloated with air and flabby with retained water and fat that the body has not released.


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BELLY FIRMING PASTE

Create Belly Firming Paste together

APPLYING PASTE AFTER RUB DOWN Before applying the paste examine the tummy area. Determine where the concentrated flabby parts are and apply the paste thicker in those areas. In addition to applying the paste to the abdominal area apply it to the sides of the waist. APPLYING PASTE WITHOUT PERFORMING RUB DOWN If your client only wants to have the service of the application of the paste and wrapping without a massage you should first clean and warm the area. Therefore first warm and clean the abdomen and sides of the waist with a

*Belly Paste can be on your menu: suggested price: 35.00

warm cloth. Gently exfoliate the area so dead skin cells are removed, skin tissues are warmed resulting in cells opening so the paste can easily be absorbed by the skin and utilized by the body. PRACTITIONER NOTE: If your client has had a cesarean do not apply paste anywhere near the incision until the incision is fully healed. Next, cover the areas of the firming paste with a thin, white cloth large enough to (white as the dye in colored clothes may run) tuck the ends into the bottom of the bra and the top of the panties.

NOTE: It is recommended to make the rub fresh for each mama with a maximum shelf life of two weeks. The rub should be placed in a dark glass container and stored where it won’t be exposed to direct sunlight. NOTE: Practitioner recommendation: Always use warmed oil NEVER use cold oil. Warmed oil even when mixed with the paste feels soothing and comfortable while being applied.

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Belly Firming Paste

Ground finely together of equal parts of the following:

Kaffir lime or dried green lime

Turmeric

Cardamom

Ginger

*warm oil (coconut or sesame or almond)

Cinnamon sticks Clove Cumin

Mix approximately 2 tablespoons of the firming paste with 2-3 tablespoons of “warmed� water or highquality, food-grade oil such as virgin coconut or olive oil until it is a thick-consistency paste. You made need more or less amounts depending on the size of your client.

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‘Heaty’Massage Oils The theme throughout a mama’s postpartum recovery is to warm her body. Therefore the oils used should be infused with herbs that having warming properties, such as lemongrass, citronella, ginger, vetiver root, black cumin, garlic, and pepper. The benefits of using

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such an oil is that when it is infused into the skin the body will use it in a manner that stimulates blood flow thus having a positive effect on the body’s circulation and metabolism. This nourishes and revitalizes the skin and major organs removing toxins from the body by assisting

the lymphatic system for the elimination of wastes throughout the body. The warming stimulation will continue to promote the body to release the retained water, fat and flatulence it no longer needs.


Heaty Massage Oil ~Valerie Lynn

Oils to use should be infused with herbs that having warming properties: Lemongrass, Citronella, Ginger, Vetiver root, Black cumin, Garlic, Pepper.

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Baby Belly Bind ~Valerie Lynn

baby with comfort as it mimics the feeling of being in the womb – enclosed, safe and warm. Also, Infant massage has long been an infants’ digestive system is just practiced in Asia and has been beginning to function on its own shown to have general health and for the very first time. The organs scientific benefits. The Malaysianare now able to stretch but there style of baby massage dates back is normally some discomfort, just as far as the specialized during this process, experienced pregnancy and postpartum by the baby as food and air makes massages. Most Malay mothers its way through the internal give their babies a massage every organs. The wrap supports the day for a minimum of three to baby’s stomach and digestive four months and in many cases organs by holding them together, up to six months. There are two like in the womb, allowing the unique aspects to the Malay style system to strengthen over time. of baby massage as it includes the This reduces the possibility of use of a mini, Thai herbal bundle air pockets in the large and small and a little tummy wrap. After a intestines resulting in improved specific massage and application digestion and a reduction or of the herbal bundle a tummy elimination of colic fussiness and wrap is placed snuggly, but crying. gently, around a baby’s abdomen Notable effects of the Malay each day. baby-massage, which include An infant is new to gravity as he the Thai bundle and wrap are has been suspended and supported calming, improved digestion and in the small, but comfortable a reduction or elimination colic space of his mama’s womb. A fussiness and crying. wrap around the belly provides a BABY WELLNESS: BABY BELLY WRAP


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Ceremonial Rebozo Tuck In ~Anni Daulter

Closing the birth process is critical for so many reasons, energetically to finish the process, physically to heal the body and spiritually to properly step over the threshold from maiden to mother. The Rebozo Ceremonial Tuck In should be done after either a Malay Floral Bath or a Milk + Honey Bath, a nice warming oil rub down and when the mama is fully relaxed. ~Anni Daulter (before the mama comes out either heat up the socks with the microwave or a have them heating in a crock pot)


DIY: Flaxseed Socks 1. buy thigh high socks and cut the feet off / sew up one end nice and tight. 2. fill with flaxseed + loose lavender seeds 3. sew up the other end nice + tight

Blessing: 1. THE HEAD & EYES: may your mind shift from maiden to mother and may your vision be filled with clarity

2. THE SHOULDERS: may your arms be capable to carry your baby and know the strength of motherhood

3. THE WOMB: may we bless your womb for its service over the past 10 months and may you gain wisdom from your womanly source throughout the years

Viola!!!!!

4. THE HIPS:

Process

*lay 6 rebozos down on the bed or soft carpeted or on a massage table in a line *have the mama lie on top of them back on the floor *lay the warmed flaxseed socks along the side of her body + around her head *one at a time tie up each rebozo saying the following blessings

may your hips be shaped to carry your baby upon them and may you know the power of your motherly body

5. THE LEGS: may your legs be strong throughout everyday as you play with your growing babe and trust when they are tired to nurture them

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Honoring: The Beauty Way *THE ART OF HONORING *MOTHER WISDOM DECK MEDITATION *MANDALA FLOWER ART "SERVICE SIGNATURE"

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The Art of Honoring ~ Anni Daulter

Honoring is a Sacred Way to acknowledge a Rite of Passage in a person’s life. There is no more sacred of an act than that of becoming a mother and birthing a child into the world. When a woman births a baby she also births herself anew. She is no longer maiden, as she steps into the tribe of mothers that is held together by our common bond. The Beauty Way is how we roll in the Sacred World, its how we like to leave each sister and each place we visit...more beautiful and with a little more sparkle than was there before we came on the scene. Its also living with care and reverence for the earth and each other. The Beauty Way is an aspiration, a journey if you will, and gives us something to strive for.


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Mother Wisdom Deck: The Mother Wisdom Deck is a wonderful tool to help new mamas gain clarity along their motherhood path and can offer an easy entry way into the beauty way practice of meditation.

Retreat Activity: MOTHER WISDOM:

Every sister will draw a card and under the rebozo meditate to the Nina Lee song : Mother : Child)


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Mandala Art FINDING YOUR "SERVICE SIGNATURE" Creating a Mandala is all about the beauty way and serves as a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism + Buddhism, representing the Universe. We want each Mother Roaster is seek and find her service signature for her work on this path to honor women and hold space for them as they hold their newly born babes. What is your Beauty Way mark going to be on the universe as you bow in reverence to your service to women?


Retreat Activity: MANDALA ART

Every sister will create a flower / nature mandala to represent their dedication to serving women in the beauty way.

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*CLAIMING: PLACENTA PRANA *CEREMONY : RED + RIPE *HEALING : EDIBLE ESSENCE *HONORING : HOLY YES!


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The Art of Placenta Prana Defined: ~Amanda Johnson, Full Circle Encapsulation

WHAT IS THE PLACENTA? The placenta is the amazing and magical organ that has the ability to grow, nurture and heal both baby and mother. It is genetically identical to the infant it belongs to; Nothing can come as close to the physical, emotional and spiritual bond that the baby and placenta have. In Latin, the word for placenta is circular cake. Some even call the placenta the baby’s first birthday cake! It is formed from the same sperm and egg cells that will grow the baby and has two functional sides; Maternal and fetal. On average, the placenta weighs about a pound, is 22 cms in circumference and has a dark maroon-purple or blue hue. The appearance of the placenta varies so greatly that it is as specific as a finger print. PRANA is life energy and PLACENTA PRANA is the life force of healing mothers. The placenta is the only disposable organ that the body makes, attached


the inside of the mother’s womb during her pregnancy. The placenta creates a protective barrier between the baby’s and mother’s blood supply, protecting both from red blood cell exchange. Even though it does this, the placenta still allows nutrients, oxygen and hormones to pass between the two. This exchange is done via the umbilical cord inserted into the fetal side of the placenta and also into the baby’s stomach. The umbilical allows the baby to extract all of the things it needs from the mother’s blood, but also gives the baby a way of disposing of waste, unneeded nutrients and carbon dioxide. These waste products travel into the mother’s blood stream for her body to dispose of. The placenta is definitely not a waste organ. While it works similar to the liver, it does not harbor bacteria or harmful substances. The placenta can be considered

the facilitator organ. At full term gestation, it has up to 21 ounces of blood a minute circulating through the villi and chorionic blood vessels. This allows the placenta to constantly maintain a clean and fresh system of blood for both mother and growing baby. The placenta is also responsible for creating a myriad of essential hormones during the pregnancy. Some of the hormones include HCG, progesterone, human placental lactogen, estrogen, interferon, oxytocin and more! Without these hormones the pregnancy could not last the full gestational period. On top of creating these hormones the placenta also protects from bacteria and passes vital stem cells and T-cells to the developing infant. This acts as a way of forming and boosting the immune system prior to birth. The placenta cannot protect

against viruses such as chicken pox or strep. Any kind of alcohol, drugs or medication also has the potential to cross the placenta, so staying healthy during your pregnancy is key. While the placenta acts as a comforting womb-mate to your baby, it also has many other functions. Once the placenta is expelled during the third stage of labor, it signals the uterus to clamp down to prevent excessive bleeding, signals the production of prolactin (which is the maternal milk-making hormone) and causes the release of oxytocin. If you have had gestational diabetes during your pregnancy, the placenta will no longer be excreting human placental lactogen, the culprit of GD, and your body will be able to return to post pregnancy state.

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~Amanda Johnson, Full Circle Encapsulation MEETING NEW CLIENTS: When meeting anyone new, approach it like someone you would love to share a cup of tea with! Next! The most common thought when deciding to offer placenta preparation services is “How do I get my local moms to eat their placenta?� The answer: Get knowledgeable and comfortable talking about everything placenta. Practice on donated placentas. Be settled in your techniques and the services you are offering. Stay up to date on research and support. Read everything you can regarding placenta function, preparation and ingestion. Build a fantastic, interactive website with TONS of pictures. New moms searching out options for postpartum will be more drawn to a website with fun widgets, pictures of services and ease of contact. What to do once a potential client has contacted you? Contact them back via phone or email. Assess their interest and answer any questions in a knowledgeable and friendly manner. Know your services description and pricing inside and out. Once they decide to book services with you IT'S TIME TO SCHEDULE A PRENATAL MEET & GREET. Meeting with your client prior to the birth can be a really enjoyable and helpful experience. It gives you an opportunity to meet your client before you come into their sacred birth space, to answer questions about the services you offer, helping to prepare your client for their responsibilities with the placenta and a chance to solidify the business portion of your services. Normally the prenatal visit is scheduled between 32-36 weeks gestation.

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Meeting new clients: Mock prenatal appointments. Talking about consuming your placenta. Getting comfortable speaking with clients about the services you offer.


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Prenatal Meet & Greet. by Amanda Johnson


YOU CAN CHOOSE TO MEET FOR COFFEE OR TEA, A QUICK LUNCH OR AT A LOCAL PARK. SOME OF THE THINGS YOU CAN COVER DURING THIS VISIT ARE:

*Setting the tone for your relationship with the mother and family. *Addresses any questions or concerns and full do an intake form with your client. *Allows time for the mother to gain trust and friendship with the specialist. *Gives the specialist an opportunity to go over procedures, checklists, paperwork and contact information as well as payment and contracts. *The specialist can offer other services that the client might not have known about such as tincture, salve, smoothies and artwork. *When placenta arrives at the encapsulation location, transfer it into a large bowl with ice and put a lid over the top. The placenta bowl should then be placed into the back of the refrigerator until it is ready to be used. THIS IS A GREAT TIME TO GET ALL OF THE PAPERWORK AND FORMS OUT OF THE WAY SO THAT YOU AREN’T DEALING WITH THAT RIGHT AFTER THE MOTHER HAS GIVEN BIRTH. YOU CAN ALSO USE THIS TIME TO COLLECT CONCRETE CONTACT INFORMATION SUCH AS FULL NAME, PHONE NUMBER, ADDRESS FOR PICK UP AND DROP OFF AND TO MEET THE HUSBAND/PARTNER (IF APPLICABLE).

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The Pre-Natal Home Visit CLIENT INTAKE FORM List of your services, description, benefits and pricing (brochure) Information regarding placental ingestion (printouts) Your contract or liability waiver A way to process payment and receipts (Square or PayPal card readers, preprinted or virtual receipts) LICENSING: Currently, there are not mandated certifications or licensing credentials for placenta encapsulation specialists. The best way to protect your clients and yourself is to receive reliable, extensive training with the option of certification. There is one agency that offers insurance options to

postpartum professionals: https://www.cmfgroup. com/coverages/ postpartum-care-providers Making sure that you are following a set preparation regimen, following OSHA and state food handling guidelines and receiving both your blood born pathogens certification and food handling card is a must. TRANSPORT: Making sure the placenta arrives safely to the encapsulation destination is vital. Depending on distance, traffic and other extenuating circumstances, you want to be prepared to keep it cool, fresh, and air sealed. Transport of the placenta can be either the specialist’s or the family’s responsibility

depending on where it will be encapsulated. If the placenta is being prepared in the family’s home, there is no reason for the specialist to transport the placenta. If you primarily prepare in your own home, offering a discount for the family if the drop the placenta off and pick up the capsules afterwards can be helpful for both client and specialist. A good discount is $25.00. You may also decide to charge a traveling fee if your client is located more than 1 hour from your home. * Transfer the placenta into properly labeled Ziploc freezer bag as soon as possible post birth. (Within 4 hours at room temperature.)


*Wrap the placenta bag in either paper towels or newspaper to keep cool for long periods of time. If transport is more than 2 hours long, crinkle newspaper into balls, and fill cooler to keep as much cool in as possible. The placenta will be given to you in a clear Ziploc bag, a red biohazard bag or a small plastic tub.

family. Fabric, lunchbox style coolers are not recommended. If your placenta container should leak there will be no way to properly sanitize for continued use. You can obtain biohazard symbol stickers online through: http://www.mysafetysign. com/ OR by getting it printed through a local company.

*Surround the bottom of the cooler with ice, lay the placenta bag on top and put more ice around. Be careful to not add TOO much ice to the top if you are traveling long distances. It can melt together and make it very hard to remove the placenta container. *Use a biohazard marked (black biohazard symbol on a red background) plastic cooler to transport. You can use a Styrofoam cooler provided by the

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SUPPLIES: In order to offer the best placenta services to your birthing community, you will need a placenta kit. Your kit will cost around $100.00-$150.00 with room for upgrades in the future. This number can be overwhelming to some, but your first client will pay back the cost of your kit which your will have for multiple use. The following supply list will allow you to offer every preparation method to your clients. It is broken down into sections for what you will need.

PLACENTA CAPSULES *Disposable plastic or large glass cutting board

*The Capsule Machine capsule filler

*Medium sized plastic or metal colander

*Size 0 or 00 gelatin or vegetable capsules.

*Ceramic butcher knife

*10 ounces cobalt blue or amber glass or PET plastic jar to put filled capsules in (www. specialtybottle.com www.sks-bottle.com or Amazon.com)

*Medium size stainless steel pot with a lid *Needs to be at least 25 cms around and 6 inches deep * Silicone steamer basket *Fresh ginger root *Pair of metal tongs *Dehydrator (Must be at least 5 trays, have a top or side mounted fan and have numbered temperature controls. Nesco or Excalibur are great brands. I recommend shopping on Amazon.) *Silicone insert trays for your brand of dehydrator OR parchment paper

*Labels for your bottles (Vinyl is preferred)


SANITIZING *Sterile, no powder, latex free gloves fit to size *1 gallon plain, non-scented bleach *2 sponges. Must have scrubby and soft side *Antibacterial dish soap *1 roll of cling wrap

SALVES OR BALMS

* Apron or white scrubs

*Small crockpot/slow cooker for jams, jellies, dips

*Paper face masks *Measuring cup

PLACENTA PRINTMAKING

*Metal, mesh kitchen strainer *Liquid oil, beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil (These will vary depending on the recipe) *4 ounce PET plastic cobalt blue or amber salve jar with lid

*Watercolor, posterboard or hardboard paper

*Dehydrator *Shaped Keepsake- Satchel or ribbon

*Paper towels *Q-Tips * 2-3 per placenta laminating machine

CORD KEEPSAKES/ DREAMCATCHERS

TINCTURES

*Dreamcatcher- ( Beads, very thin twine, color or brown, feathers, leather weaving string, scissors )

*100 proof alcohol (Either vodka or brandy + make sure you get top shelf brands for the best tinctures) *Metal, mesh kitchen strainer *4-6 ounce cobalt blue or amber tincture bottles with dropper tops *Pair of kitchen scissors *Labels for your bottles (Vinyl is preferred)

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Reviving the Qi Deficient Placenta

~Amanda Johnson, Full Circle Encapsulation

PLACENTA PRANA-QI REVIVING THE QI DEFICIENT PLACENTA Placenta’s harness and absorb the energy of pregnancy and birth. Blood flows through them, life sustains by them and motherhood transition upon their birth. When a placenta is placed into a freezer or refrigerator the heat, energy and Qi is stagnated. The energy flow quiets and sometimes completely stops moving. As a placenta specialist, you are given the unique opportunity to awaken this source of maternal power and reintroduce it to the mom via her placenta remedies. There are a few ways to do this: *You can place the placenta in a sacred bowl of warming water, herbs and flowers. Allow the placenta to heat itself. This is a great opportunity to massage, talk to and give thanks to the amazing organ you are working with.

*Lay of hands works wonders. All energy in the world has the possibility to be transferred. By lending your positive affirmations and love to the placenta you are then instilling that within her remedies. -Steaming or heating of the placenta. When you are preparing placenta capsules you have the option to gentle steam the placenta with water. In Chinese medicine a woman is considered to have a lot of empty space, particularly her blood and womb. When we are heating what she is ingesting, such as placenta capsules, we are working on seal off that space and creating energy and heat in her body. When her body is warm throughout her blood and Qi are able to easily flow and heal the womb and vagina from birth. This stays in connection with the practice of mother roasting as well.


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Ceremony: Mother Earth Blessing

*small piece of the raw *tie up with twine and take It is important to honor placenta outside and with a blessing the life giving force of the Mother herself and *add a piece of raw ginger thanking Mother Earth for healing women we recognize our place *turmeric in the cycle of life *rose petals

~Anni Daulter

*wrap it in a leaf


Blessing

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Grown from Earth with Mother’s love, Fed by water and the sun above, Taken for your power true, Hung aloft in life anew,

Let your healing grow so strong,

For you’ve been called to sing this song..


Retreat Activity: BLESSING

Do a Placenta-Qi Blessing over a placenta

Ceremony: Red + Ripe

~Amanda Johnson, Full Circle Encapsulation

BLOOD LINES

Placenta’s are honored throughout the world for their lifegiving ability and close disposition to the child. Many cultures have the father bless the placenta prior a ceremony or burial. Below are some blessings you can speak to the placenta while you are reviving the Qi.

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Lotus Birth

by Amanda Johnson

“In many faiths throughout history, the Trinity is sacred. The ancient mother religions honored the three stages of female life: Maiden, Mother and Crone. The Christian religion blesses the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit - three divine persons in one divine substance. The ancient Greeks revered the Graces: Aglaia, Thalia, and Euphrosyne, daughters of Zeus, known as the Charities. They were believed to personify and bestow charm, grace, and beauty. * Hindus worship Brahma the creator, Vishnu the protector and Shiva the destroyer. Their Hindu female counterparts are Lakshmi, Parvati and Kali. Perhaps the Trinity is so deeply ingrained in our consciousness because we humans begin life as a triad being: baby, cord and placenta, the trinity of our sacred roots.� - Robin Lim, Midwife

Lotus birth is growing in popularity in Western mothers. The act of lotus birthing is leaving baby, umbilical and placenta attached for days while the umbilical and placenta dry out, naturally and gently detaching from baby. This is considered a full lotus birth. Once the placenta is born and has been given proper time to finish its job with baby, the placenta is washed and salt is rubbed into the maternal side of the placenta. You will need to use a thick cut salt such as pink Himalayan or Sea Salt. Make sure to get salt into all of the cotyledons and lakes. You may need to repeat this a few times throughout the drying process. The placenta is then turned back over, fetal side up and placed in a cloth diaper or towel and then in a woven basket. It is essential that it is placed into a breathable


container so that air can flow and prevent rotting. The placenta diaper or towel will need to be changed every few hours as it soaks up the placenta moisture. You can add dried herbs such as cardamom, lavender, chamomile and nutmeg

to avoid any smells. The placenta needs to be kept very close to baby and baby needs to be handled very carefully as to not pull on the drying cord. It can take 3-9 days for the separation to be completed. The salt preserves the placenta and

it can actually be steamed using heated method, dehydrated and put into capsules.

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Ceremony: Breaking The Bond by Amanda Johnson

BREAKING THE BOND

THE CORD:

“Anti-vivisectionists have pointed out that there is evidence that the same experiments can be carried out on placentas, which respond to stimulus just as if they are alive, for the first five hours following birth. To me this further establishes the need for us to leave the baby, cord and placenta intact for many hours following birth. If the placenta behaves as a living being for up to five hours following birth, it must indeed still be functioning to assist the baby, just as it did in the womb.” Robin Lim, Midwife

It has been common in Western culture for the past 50 years that birth is a rushed, chaotic and often times traumatic experience for mothers, babies and placentas. Although families are taking birth normal, safe birth, early cord clamping and cutting is still extremely common. More and more studies are showing that delaying the clamping (sometimes not at all) and cutting of the cord has many benefits for a newborn and continues to offer positive outcome throughout the child’s life.

The 3 main benefits of delayed cord clamping and cutting: -Lower incidence of jaundice in newborn babies -Higher iron levels in the newborn. -Less chance of anemia and clotting issues as the child ages.

“It is common practice nowadays for the cord to be doubly clamped while the child is on the mother’s abdomen and the scissors are handed to the parents to complete the job. Most mothers refuse, leaving it to the husband; some mothers recoil in horror, and if the cord is left intact, most mothers will not touch it. If they do, and especially if it is pulsating, the cord is treated as gently and tenderly as is a tiny finger or an ear of the child. New mothers are strongly inhibited from damaging the cord.” – Dr. G. M. Morley


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“Delaying clamping the umbilical cord for a slightly longer

period of time allows more umbilical cord blood volume to transfer from mother to infant and, with that critical period extended,

many good physiological “gifts” are transferred through

‘nature’s first stem cell transplant’ occurring at birth.” – MANKIND’S FIRST NATURAL STEM CELL TRANSPLANT, JOURNAL OF CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR MEDICINE, 2010

DELAYED CORD CLAMPING AND CUTTING: It is recommended to wait at least 3 minutes before clamping a newborns umbilical cord for optimal outcome. The longer, the better in most circumstances. Instead of using a plastic clamp, umbilical string or tape is preferred. This is easily purchased online and is a great addition to your birth kit or hospital bag. Talking about clamping alternatives with your care provider during pregnanwcy is recommended. Waiting up to 3 hours has the most effective results for the newborn, but this may not always be an option, such as with a hospital birth. The placenta is still considered functioning for the newborn and

CORD BURNING:

even passes on cancer fighting T-Cells through the umbilical cord into the newborn post-birth. Allowing time for the nutrient and stem-cell rich blood to enter the newborns body ensures that the newborn with have the best possible start to a healthy, long life.

Cord burning is a very personal, spiritual and gentle way to sever the bond between baby and placenta. In Old China, cord burning is believed to help the Qi that is left in the placenta travel to the new baby. Cord burning also brings the element of fire and warmth into the birth experience completing the circle of elements. When the cord burning is taking place baby is often very quiet, alert and happy. The Qi moving into baby gives the baby a sort of natural high and warmth. This is a great time for breastfeeding and is also a good time to talk to your baby about his/her placenta. During a water birth, you can even place the placenta over baby to help sustain warmth. This can be done in place of a wet towel or blanket which will often cool quickly.


SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR CORD BURNING: -A piece of cardboard covered in foil or a cord burning box. You will need to cut a slit in the middle big enough for the umbilical cord to snuggly fit without it being clamped. -2 long stemmed candles -A lighter -Something to catch the wax from the candles as they burn. Banana leaves are great! -A small roll of gauze Cord burning requires two sets of hands. The mother should be holding the baby on her belly or chest, skin to skin. Place the piece of foil-covered cardboard or burning box 4-6 cms away from baby’s belly and around the umbilical cord using the slit that you cut. The foiled side should be facing the placenta. Baby, cord and placenta should remain attached until the cord separates from the baby during the process. Holding

both lit candles on a thin section of the umbilical cord, begin rotating the cord making sure all sides of the cord are being burned. Use the end of the flame as it contains the most heat. Hold the cord taught, but do not pull, especially from baby’s belly. The cord will crackle and pop as the gases are released from inside. When this happens it is an indication that you are almost done. It does not smell. This process can

take anywhere from 10-15 minutes depending on the thickness of the cord. Once the cord has separated, wait a few minutes until the baby’s end is cool before letting the cord touch baby’s skin. Position the remaining cord into a spiral on baby’s stomach and wrap with gauze. The gauze should be removed the next morning and the spiraled umbilical left to air dry. You can add organic

NOTE: goldenseal powder or tincture to the remaining cord to facilitate faster drying time. Most mothers notice that the remaining cord falls off with 1-2 days.

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Ceremony: Chinese Medicine For Placenta care

~Amanda Johnson, Full Circle Encapsulation CHINESE MEDICINE The Traditional Chinese Medicine inspired method of preparing the placenta involves steaming or cooking the placenta gently with herbs. Unless you are working with a Chinese herbalist and adding specific, prescribed herbs, you want to be care in how you word your services. Putting the fresh ginger in with the placenta is thought to bring out the placentas healing properties. If you have access to a Traditional Chinese Herbalist, you can have your client consult with the herbalist to obtain specialized herbs to steam with the placenta instead of using ginger. This would offer not only the amazing benefits to the mother, but also the benefits

of the Chinese herbs. Another perk of adding Chinese herbs is that you are increasing the volume of powder resulting in 75-100 MORE capsules back to the mom. The herbs you would add would vary greatly from client to client depending on the diet, lifestyle, health history and the type of birth they had. Your herbalist would need to formulate a client intake form just for placenta encapsulation. You can even offer 2 packages; a basic with just the placenta or placenta with ginger and a personalized preparation with Chinese herbs. This would be called basic preparation and specialized preparation. Chinese medicine is practiced many different ways. It is acknowledged that there is no


right or true way to practice Chinese medicine as it varies greatly from practitioner to practitioner. You are learning one of the many Chinese medicine-inspired ways to prepare a placenta. * Lemon and hot pepper are western food additives that have become popular to prepare with the placenta. They mimic some of the benefits Chinese herbs bestow such as antibacterial, cooling, healing and toning properties.

* Ginger is considered a warming herb and thought to lend its heating properties to the placenta. The ginger specifically acts as a facilitator for energy and good blood flow. (Ginger is the only additive that is considered a “Chinese herb� and that will work for almost everyone.) *Myrrh (Ru Xiang in Chinese), commonly combined with frankincense, is used in trauma where hemorrhage or heavy bleeding is present. Frankincense is used for tissue damage and repair from birth. Preparing these herbs together is

referred to as Du Yao’s or herbal combinations and the herbs so complement each other that it creates an enhanced effect. Each woman can react differently to these herbs, as every woman has different needs postpartum. Her body is constantly changing. To offer the best possible outcome, preparing the placenta by itself or by consulting with a Traditional Chinese Herbalist and obtaining powdered herbs is recommended. Amanda Johnson, 2013 for The Art of Sacred Postpartum Retreats

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Cermony: Delivery of Placenta Remedies DELIVERY OF PLACENTA REMEDIES Congratulations on making it to the last step in the process. The amazing and unique services you are providing will have a phenomenal impact on this mother’s postpartum. After all of the time spent preparing you get to finally drop her remedies off, meet the placenta’s baby and share your inherited wisdom from the placenta. Each placenta tells a story. A story about the pregnancy and birth journey. Some placenta encapsulators pick up on energy, good and bad, held within the placenta. Sometimes it is linked to immense joy and sometimes to stress and trauma. Every single one is unique. You can share your experience working with her placenta and offer her pictures. She may have not had a chance to really appreciate the placenta right after the birth.

Keep your postpartum visit short, informative and sweet. 15-20 minutes max. The mother just had a baby, is learning to breast feed and may be very tired. Let her know that you don’t plan to stay long so she can enjoy her baby moon and that you are just a phone call away. Always call the mother before writing down dosage to see how she is feeling. Some important questions to ask her: -How is her bleeding? -How is she feeling emotionally? Any crying spells or ‘baby blues’? -How is breast feeding going? Has her supply started to come in? -How are her energy levels? Is she getting sleep? Eating enough? -Is she in pain? If so, how is she managing it?

If the mother feels as though she is struggling postpartum, you would recommend 3 capsules, 3 times a day for the first week. For weeks 2-3, 2 capsules, 3 times a day and then the weeks remaining 1 pill, 3 times a day or as needed. Let the mother know that she can adjust her dosage depending on her needs. If she is feeling great, she can gently decrease the dosage and her capsules will last longer. (Based on 0 size capsules) If you are using size 00 capsules, you can still start her on the 3, 3x’s daily for the first 3 days and then taper off to 1-2 3x’s daily or as needed. As with anything you ingest orally, it will take a few days to really get into her body and start working.


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SOME ADDITIONAL DOSAGE INFORMATION IS LISTED BELOW. YOU CAN PRESENT THIS INFORMATION VIA A LETTER TO THE MOTHER. YOU CAN PERSONALIZE IT INSTEAD OF TRYING TO FIT EVERYTHING ONTO A LABEL. * Her placenta capsules can be stored on the counter or cupboard for up to 6 weeks. After 6 weeks they need to go into the door of the freezer. Never put the capsules in the refrigerator. This can cause mold growth. * Recommend setting at least 10-20 pills aside for the first postpartum menstrual cycle. (Freezer) * Never exceed 9 pills in 24 hours. (This can create an oversupply issue that could lead to clogged ducts and even mastitis) * Never stop taking the pills abruptly. The sudden decrease in the oxytocin that the pills provide could spiral her into the baby blues. As with anything you take orally, reduce the amount gradually over a few days.

* The placenta is tonifying, which means it holds energy in. Should the mother get sick with a fever or any kind of infection, Full Circle recommends that she stop taking the capsules until it passes. If she continues to take the pills, it could keep the infection in her body not allowing her to get well. A healthy mother is most important. * If the mother gets a cold, have her take the pills at her discretion. Some mothers say it helps, while others noticed that it took longer to get well. * Encourage the mother to really tune in and listen to her body. She knows it better than we could ever prescribe. DURING YOUR CAPSULE DELIVERY, EXPLAIN AND SHOW EVERYTHING YOU HAVE BROUGHT, MAKING SURE THAT SHE HAS RELIABLE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR YOU IF SHE HAS ANY QUESTIONS. BE SURE TO FOLLOW UP 24 HOURS AFTER DELIVERY, AND THEN 2 WEEKS AFTER DELIVERY TO


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Eat it! WHAT IS PLACENTOPHAGIA? Placentophagia is the process of a new mother consuming her placenta postpartum by either eating the placenta raw, cooked, in capsule form or drinking the juices from the placenta once it is cooked. This is not an issue for vegan mothers because nothing was harmed to bring about this meat product for consumption. SOME OF THE THINGS THE PLACENTA CAN HELP WITH: -Preventing and lessening the risk of postpartum depression or ‘baby blues’ -Replenishing your iron from blood loss during birth and to prevent post birth anemia -Lending you a consistent flow of oxytocin long after your birth euphoria ends

-Providing the HPL hormone to help establish early and healthy milk supply -To stabilize your ever changing hormones post birth -To replenish your B vitamins and energy that were used during the labor and birthing process -Protection from infection and bleeding due to retained placenta tissue or membranes - Offer natural pain relief from the labor and birth of the baby IRON- The placenta postpartum is rich in iron. It is estimated that up to 50% of US citizens have some form of low iron or anemia. Replenishing so much blood, rich in iron, after birth is a large task to take on. Having low iron often results in lower hormone levels, fatigue, lack of concentration and depressive symptoms. In studies, women with postpartum depression


HORMONES KNOWN TO BE IN THE PLACENTA:

given iron supplements improved greatly. LACTATION- In a study where women were given placenta to consume, 86% reported increased milk production within 4 days. Research is still being done to completely narrow down exactly which hormones react with human milk supply to give it a boost. Mothers who have experienced Toxemia or preeclampsia during pregnancy may find that their milk is slow to come in. Consuming placenta directly after birth has shown in many cases to help this. HORMONE STABILIZATIONHormonal fluctuations looked at in direct research with postpartum depression has shown that the placenta contains hormones to assist in treating and preventing this disorder. During the pregnancy the placenta produces stress fighting hormones. Once the placenta is no longer present, it can take months

for the brain and body to level out the hormones. During this time, the instability can cause depressive symptoms. By ingesting the placenta after birth, the mother is reintroducing these vital hormones to her body, until her brain signals its own production and can level it out on its own. PAIN RELIEF- Research has shown that ingesting placenta increases the effectiveness of opioids. The mother would need to take much less pain medication to reach the same desired pain management. The women would experience less pharm logical side effects and better maternal responsiveness. Women that have suffered from high blood pressure, swelling and protein in the urine find that consuming their placenta postpartum soothes her kidneys and helps to resolves these symptoms more quickly than if it was left untreated

OXYTOCIN- The feel good or love hormone. Creates feelings of bonding, pain relief, happiness and elation. CORTISONE- This hormone unlocks energy stored in the body and combats stress. (cortisol) INTERFERON- This hormones stimulates the immune system to fight off infections while the mother is healing from birth. PROSTAGLANDINS- Acts as an anti-inflammatory. HEMOGLOBIN- Replenishes iron, stimulates iron production in blood. UROKINASE INHIBITING FACTOR AND FACTOR XIIILessens bleeding and promotes faster healing. PROLACTIN- Stimulates healthy mammary function and milk production.

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Ceremony: Risks of Consuming Your Placenta RISKS OF CONSUMING YOUR PLACENTA As with anything you put into your body, there can be the potential for adverse reaction and risk of consuming. With placenta, the risks are so minimal that most placenta specialists don’t see any at all. Below are some of the reported and more common risks and side effects of ingesting placenta remedies. *If the placenta was prepared incorrectly or in a non-sterile and sanitary workspace you could get food poisoning. *If the placenta was encapsulated too early in the dehydration process, moisture may still be present. As your capsules sit over time, there may be mold growth.

*If the placenta had be sent to pathology and then released there is a chance that it may have come into contact with chemicals, either sanitizing or preserving. *Some mothers have issues with oversupply when consuming placenta capsules. *On the opposite of the spectrum, some mothers with extreme hormonal imbalance can experience a drop in milk supply when ingesting their placenta. *For mothers with anxiety issues, taking placenta capsules, especially raw method capsules, can experience feeling jittery, heart racing and issues sleeping. Lowering and adjusting dosage can often times remedy this.

“The most general benefit of placentophagy, according to recent research, is that placenta and amniotic fluid contain a molecule (POEF, Placental Opioid-Enhancing Factor) that modifies the activity of endogenous opioids in such a way that produces an enhancement of the natural reduction in pain that occurs shortly after and during delivery.” Mark B. Kristal, “Enhancement of Opioid-Mediated Analgesia: A Solution to the Enigma of Placentophagia”, Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 15: 425–435


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Cleaning the Placenta by Amanda Johnson

One of the first and easiest steps to encapsulation after your initial look-over is going to be to remove the umbilical cord and remnants of the amniotic sac. Removing both of these parts to the placenta serves a few purposes. Removing the umbilical cord will make draining the blood easier and faster and removing the amniotic sac will make it easier to grind the placenta. When the sac becomes dry, it is very tough and hard to mash up, especially if you are using a small coffee grinder or mortar and pestle. If you are doing a placenta print, remove the umbilical cord afterwards. *Wrap the umbilical cord around your finger and hand and pull tight to expose where the cord is inserted into the placenta. *Using either your scissors or paring knife, cut the bottom of the cord so it is flush with the placenta. You will have good access to the veins at this point, instead of having to work the blood out through the length of the cord. *Place the cord in one of your two small bowls for later use. There are two layers of the amniotic sac, the chorion and the amnion. The chorion is the outer, stronger layer of the sac and is actually part of the placenta. The inner layer, attached to the chorion, is the amnion, a thinner layer that envelops the baby and holds the amniotic fluid in. Depending on how intact the sac remains after birth, cut a slit right down to the edge of the placenta and then cut around the placenta in a circular motion until the excess sac is removed. It will separate from the placenta very easily and be gelatinous in feeling. Once the excess sac is removed, you should be able to pull apart the two layers. You will only be removing the amnion, or outer layer of the sac. Once it is off, you should be able to see the vein structure better. You can keep both layers of the amniotic for the capsules. Spread the sac onto one of your dehydrator sheets and place on the top rack. The amniotic sac, raw, is extremely full of oxytocin and POEF and is very beneficial to ingest.


Retreat Activity: How to clean the placenta and remove amniotic sac and umbilical components.

DRAINING THE PLACENTA The next step after removing the cord and sac, is to wash the placenta off and begin draining the blood. You will not get all of the blood out, but the goal is to remove the excess bulk. The main reason for removing some of the blood is to reduce the dehydration time allowing us to return the mother’s capsules in a shorter period of time. If the placenta has meconium on it, or has come in contact with meconium (baby’s first poop) you can still encapsulate. In a bowl, mix 1 part apple cider vinegar (which is very good to ingest by itself) to 6 parts warm water and sit the placenta in it for 5 minutes, swishing around very gently a couple of times. Wash the vinegar off thoroughly and continue the

process. You can substitute rice wine in place of the vinegar. Meconium does not contain bacteria because baby has only ingested amniotic fluids. If there is only slight meconium staining you, removing the amnion of top layer of the fetal membranes will remove the majority of it. Make sure to always ask if meconium is present at the time of placenta pick- up.  After you have removed the excess sac and the amnion layer you will be able to perfectly see the vein system which appropriately names the placenta the ‘tree of life’.  Working from the outer to inner, move the blood through the veins and out of the umbilical cord insertion point under cold running water. Repeat this on the fetal side about 3-4 times. Turn the placenta over to the maternal

side and gently massage the lakes and cotyledons. You will need to repeat turning the placenta over and working each side about 5 times.  Gently squeeze the placenta as a whole a few times to get excess collected blood out. Do not wring the placenta out damaging it.  The draining process usually takes about 10 minutes.  Once the placenta is a medium red color and you are no longer getting large amounts of blood, place it on one of your cutting boards. Time to prepare either the dehydrator for the RAW method, or the herbs for the TCM method.

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Ceremony: Sanitizing Your Workspace Cleaning, uncluttering and sanitizing your workspace prior to encapsulation is an extremely important step in the process and must not be skipped. Everything must be washed with antibacterial soap and VERY hot water, and then gone over with a bleach to water ratio spray and then dried. Here is a simple checklist to ensure proper cleaning. * De-clutter your workspace. Remove anything you aren’t using from the counters and floor area. When you are rinsing the placenta, there is a possibility of blood splash. Removing obstacles will make cleaning up afterwards easier and more importantly, protect your health. You may also choose to wear a face mask or splash guard. * Wipe down your counters with a disinfecting spray to remove any food particles, dust or other things. Lysol wipes are fantastic and portable. * Using antibacterial soap, VERY hot water (as hot as you can stand it) and your disposable sponge, wash your counter tops, stove top, sinks, faucet handles and floor area. * Wipe dry. * Using a spray bottle, mix 1 part plain bleach to 10 parts water. Spray down the same area you just cleaned and wipe dry. It is extremely important to measure out this ratio, every single time. Invest in a glass measuring cup. It will be 10 cups warm water and 1 cup of bleach.

* Allow this bleach mixture to sit on any workspace and tools for a minimum of 5 minutes before wiping dry. Wash tools with soap to remove chemical residue before putting them into contact with the placenta. * Using the same ratio, but with hot water, make a sanitizing bath to put your tools in as you are done using them. This can be done in a separate sink area, or a large bucket. * Make sure everything is clean and dry. Do a twice-over to make sure you didn’t miss anything. * Wash hands BEFORE and AFTER. * Set up all of your stations and supplies before taking the placenta out. This greatly reduces waste, cross contamination and time. Be sure to put out several pairs of gloves if you are using the disposable kind. * Be prepared to repeat this step when you are done with your encapsulation. Wash and sanitize your tools as you are done with them. Put them away immediately to avoid contamination if they are not in use. * Wear a smock or apron to protect your clothing if you are worried about contamination.


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Retreat Activity: Chinese Medicine: Hands on with steaming the placenta, adding herbs. Q& A with Chinese herbalist.

Placenta Prana-Ma

RAW PLACENTA PREPARATION

Using the RAW method of placenta encapsulation skips the steaming or cooking process all together. There are a few different ways to prepare it RAW. Choose your wording wisely when advertising this method. Some mothers may think you are putting actual raw placenta into capsules. You can use words like “high yield”, “energizing” or “nutrient rich”. When preparing the placenta via the Raw Foods method, you are keeping much of the blood product in the placenta throughout the dehydration. With this method you will normally yield 15% more placenta capsules.

SLICED METHODAfter the placenta is drained and cleaned, the placenta is cut into thin strips (the same way as with the TCM method). The placenta would then go straight into the dehydrator. Not steaming leaves much of the blood volume inside the placenta. During dehydration this blood comes out and onto your tray. The tray may require changing half way through the process to remove the extra moisture. Using the raw method may also add a few hours onto your dehydration time so plan accordingly. You can still add Chinese herbs to raw placenta powder.


WHY USE THE RAW METHOD? Raw food activists believe the cooking or heating the placenta destroys some of the nutrients. Using the RAW method provides a burst of energy up front but does not often offer the longer, tonifying benefits of steamed placenta. Using steamed placenta also converts some nutrients to be absorbed which would normally be discarded raw. Both methods have abounding benefits, and I encourage you to offer both to your clients. You can even offer doing half of the capsules raw and the other half using the steamed method.

Retreat Activity: RAW Method: Hands on with how to prepare the placenta via the RAW foods method.

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POSTPARTUM

MENU ALERT:

*Suggested Price for Placenta Pills: $175-275.

DEHYDRATING THE PLACENTA Using steamed method, take the cooked placenta and slice it into very thin strips, similar to jerky. The thinner the strips, the faster they will dehydrate. Slice your placenta at an angle. When using a dehydrator, place the strips onto the dehydrator tray evenly spaced. Use parchment paper or silicone insert trays for easier cleaning. Dehydrate at the correct temperatures (listed below) until ALL moisture is gone and placenta is crisp. This process can take 6-8 hours depending on your brand of dehydrator. Allow the strips to cool down to room temperature. Keep temperatures at 145 for TCM and 160 for RAW according to food safety standards..I would not use an oven. Staying with RAW preparation beliefs, temperature cannot exceed 118 degrees. Use your discretion when choosing a dehydration temperature. If all pieces are not done at the time, take the placenta strips out that are ready and start filling your capsules. A placenta can be over dehydrated. Your placenta powder should be a light brown color. If it is dark brown or black, you may have over dehydrated. When you are preparing the placenta using the raw method you may notice your powder is a beautiful, rich red color. The placenta should be crisp when it is done. If it feels spongy or the strips do not crisp when you break them apart it still is retaining moisture and you will need to dehydrate longer. You need to check each strip as you are putting them into your grinder. Snapping them in half with a gloved hand is the easier way to go about this.

Retreat Activity:

PLACENTA PREPARATION

Hands on Placenta Preparation and dehydration and grinding and encapsulating

Dehydrating the placenta: Options and putting the placenta in the dehydrator. Grinding and filling: Hands on, when to know the placenta is dehydrated, grinding into a powder and filling capsules by hand and with mechanism. Packaging: Options for packaging services in unique and fun ways. Information on branding.


GRINDING THE DRY PLACENTA STRIPS & FILLING CAPSULES This is a time that you can use to offer your positive thoughts and energy to the placenta, thanking it for nurturing the baby during the pregnancy and now the mother postpartum. A peaceful time to reflect on the amazing services you are offering to your local families. Taking your dehydrated placenta strips, you can put them into a food processor, coffee grinder or mortar and pestle. It is important to invest in a grinder that has a removable blade for proper cleaning. Grind the placenta up into a fine powder until there are no pieces left. You can also choose to leave the placenta powder chunkier. Either way is fine. If you are using The Capsule Machine, you will need a flour-like consistency. Make sure the placenta powder is cool before you fill the gel capsules. If the placenta powder is hot, or retaining any moisture it can melt the capsules. Retained moisture can also cause mold growth, making the mother very sick. You can hand fill the capsules by scooping the powder into one side of the capsule until it is full, or you can use a Capsule Machine which is a little plastic device that allows you to fill 24 pills at once. Place the pills into a separate bowl as you finish them to count before you put them into the jar. Separating the tops and bottoms of the capsules prior to encapsulation will reduce cross contamination. Most placentas, depending on size and density, yield 150-200 capsules, sometimes more! (Size 0 capsules) At times you may notice that you have a placenta that yields under 100 capsules. As a placenta encapsulator, we can sometimes feel bad about not giving the mom back a full jar of placenta goodness. This is something we have absolutely no control over. During your prenatal contact with the mother let her know that on average the placenta yields 150-200, but that it can be as little as 75.

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P-PACKED! Fruit Smoothie

**Thumbnail size piece of placenta from maternal side 1 banana 1/2 apple 1 kiwi, peeled 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries 1 cup orange juice 1/2 cup soy milk 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt

1/2 cup tofu

Directions

3 tablespoons unsalted natural peanut butter (optional) 2 tablespoons Aloe Vera Juice

1 In a blender, combine banana,

2 tablespoons flaxsee oil 1 teaspoon barley grass powder (optional)

apple, kiwi, mixed berries and orange juice. Blend until smooth. Add placenta, soy milk, yogurt, tofu, peanut butter, aloe vera juice, flaxseed oil, and barley grass powder. Blend again until well blended. Pour into glasses and serve.

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Utilizing the Placenta to Treat PP Bleeding by Amanda Johnson

The placenta is an amazing organ equipped with its own ability to prevent, control and treat postpartum bleeding. Many midwives use the placenta in place of locally injected or IV drugs. It is completely natural, safe and often times effective. There are a couple of different ways to utilize your placenta, amniotic sac and umbilical cord to treat such occurrences.

Women have heavy bleeding or hemorrhage postpartum because either the placenta is still inside the uterus and has only partially detached, because a small fragment of placenta is left imbedded in the uterus or because the placenta was forcefully removed (traction). Heavy bleeding because of retained placenta is the body’s way of trying to flush residual amounts out. This unfortunately can be detrimental to the mother if unsuccessful. It is the care provider’s choice on how much blood is too much and if help is needed. If the placenta has not yet been fully birthed and the mother is hemorrhaging, giving her extra

oxytocin is needed. In non-life or death circumstances, trying naturally remedies is preferred. The amniotic sac and umbilical cord from a fresh placenta have more natural oxytocin content than the placenta itself. The mother can choose to swallow a piece of the sac whole or to suck on the cut end of the umbilical cord. If mother cannot stomach doing this, then cutting off a quarter size piece of raw placenta can be used. To treat hemorrhage after the placenta has been delivered (in most cases with this there is retained placenta) the mother can take a small piece of placenta and place it between her cheek and gums and hold it there until the bleeding has subsided. She would then swallow the piece whole. I do not recommend chewing the placenta. The texture raw may make some mothers vomit causing more bleeding as she heaves. Another way is to dip a piece of raw placenta in natural honey and then swallow hole. This is a personally

tested method and not only offers the amazing power of the placenta, but can give the body a boost of energy to finish off the clamping down of the uterus. If mother refuses to do either of these options, a more palatable choice could be blending a quarter size piece of placenta in with orange juice or root beer and taking it as a shot. Using an immersion blender is easiest. Depending on the circumstance, there may not always be time for this option.


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Honoring: Placenta Salves and Balms To make a salve or cream, I recommend using a small crockpot just for making salves due to oily residue remaining. Placenta salve can be used to heal C-Section incisions after the wound is closed. It can lessen scarring, itching and discomfort. It can also be used as soon as 3 days postpartum for hemorrhoids, perennial tearing, burns, diaper rash, eczema, sun burns and skin irritation. Safe for baby as long as baby has no skin allergies. Test a small area first. If the client has leftover capsules, and would like more salve for future use, all you need is 3-4 capsules to make another 4 ozs of salve. You can modify the herbs used to fit your liking.

Retreat Activity: How to make a raw placenta remedy + period perk

LIQUIDS: ALMOND OIL- One of the most widely used for herbal topical application and has great nutritional value. Contains glycosides, minerals, vitamins and is rich in protein. APRICOT OIL- Reduces callous, rough or cracked skin. Helps with wrinkling and antiaging. High in vitamin A. COCOA BUTTER- Heavenly smell-Like chocolate! Works as a water repellent for the skin. High in vitamin E. COCONUT OIL- Derived from coconut kernels, high quality can be used to scent your creams or salves. Can be in liquid or solid form. Most widely used it 76 degrees, which melts easily. You can buy it at 96 degrees and to get a balm effect. It is a great emollient and has skin cooling properties, but used in excess can cause skin to dry out. GRAPE SEED- Extremely light oil. Hypoallergenic and good for sensitive skin.

HEMP SEED OIL- This oil is banned in some regions of the United States, so check with your state before purchasing. The oil is extracted from the cannabis plant, but does not contain any of the harmful drug toxins or properties. Hemp seed oil is high in quality fat and proteins, it stimulates cell growth and is an emollient. OLIVE OIL- High in proteins, minerals and vitamins. Three forms of olive oil. VIRGIN- First press, green in color and high in chlorophyll. Grade A: First press, not as green. POMACE- Remaining fixed oil extracted by solvents or steam. Not green at all. Preferred for soap making.


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SOLIDS: SHEA BUTTER- Filled with vitamins A & E, plant steroids, it’s antimicrobial and moisturizing and protects from UV rays. Helps with scar tissue (ideal for C-section healing after the wound has closed), anti-aging and can help with bruising. BEESWAX- Helps to harden and can be used as an emulsifying agent. LARD- Pig fat and very popular for making soaps and creams. Can produce a pink hue and often times adding a fragrance is recommended. You will need both a solid, liquid and emulsifying agent to properly make a cream or lotion. Without all three you will end up with pure oil or a very hard balm. The key to creams and lotions is to add warmed, herbal infused water to produce the “creamed” effect. You will also need a

preservative such as grapefruit seed extract, rosemary EO or natural vitamin E to keep your cream or lotion from going rancid. To make a cream or lotion you have two options: -Infuse your liquid oil with herbs for 3-4 hours -Make an overnight infusion for the part of warm water you will add. To infuse your oils, use the same method as with traditional salve making, adding your fresh or dried herbs to the oil. You want the oil to cover one inch above the herbs and let infuse on low heat, covered, for 3-4 hours. If you are using roots, it needs to infuse for at least 5 hours. To make an overnight water infusion, measure out how much water you will need to add to your recipe and do one half warm, filtered water

(I recommend bottled high quality) to half part herbs. Cover tightly and put in the refrigerator overnight. (At least 8 hours)

You will then take your fixed solid and melt over low heat. Once your solid is melted add your fixed liquid. Simmer together for about 15 minutes. Slowly add your parts of water stirring constantly. You will notice your liquid will start to turn white and will need to be removed from the heat once everything is properly blended together. Continue to stir and add in your preservatives and fragrances. Once it starts to cool and thicken completely you can use a spatula and transfer it into your container. Most have a shelf life of about 6 months.

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Basic Salve Recipe

• 1 tbsp. of each: coconut oil, sweet almond oil • If your salve is runny, you can add shea butter as needed. • Melt or infuse in your crockpot the above ingredients along with 1 tbsp each: placenta capsule powder, comfrey, calendula, beeswax and plantain. Let infuse on low heat for 2-3 hours.

• Strain the oils through a coffee filter or cheesecloth to remove any large pieces. • Gently pour into a 4 oz tin or jar and refrigerate until solid.

You have already been instructed on how to create basic salves. Salves can present in either a hard balm, a gooey salve or in a paste. The most common placental salve will be in balm form. You will use both fixed solid and fixed liquids to make your base.


Basic Prana Balm

1 TBSP Cocoa Butter 1 TBSP Shea Butter 1⁄2 TBSP Beeswax -Melt together -Add your 1 TBSP of liquid oil and infuse together. I prefer almond oil. -Stir in 10 TBSP clean water. Continue to stir until white and blended. Take off of the heat and add your fragrance, EO’s and preservatives.

HERBS TO ADD FOR POSTPARTUM:

Lady’s Mantle Flower and Leaf Lemon Balm Leaf

Calendula

Uva Ursi

Burdock

Shepard’s Purse

Plantain

Fresh Garlic

Comfrey

St Johns Wort

Violet Flower and Leaf Yarrow Flower

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Black Salve Recipe

2 Tablespoons Bee's Wax 3 Tablespoons Cocoa Butter 3 Tablespoons Shea Butter 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil 1 Tablespoon Vitamin E 1 Tablespoon Honey Powder 2 Tablespoons Activated Charcoal Powder 3 Tablespoons Rhassoul Clay Optional: Herbal Extracts, Essential Oils, Lugol's Solution of Iodine depending on what you're using the salve for. 8 1/2 ounce clear jars Black Salve is touted to do everything these days, including curing cancer.

What it does best is absorb toxins. The common use for it is to put a glob of it on a bee sting, slivers or a cut. It sucks out the poisons! No home should be without it. FIRST STEP: Put Bees wax, cocoa butter and Shea butter in a small pot and heat. You want to keep it at 180 degree for at least 15 minutes. This is easier than it sounds. Just heat it on medium high until it is melted. Turn off the burner and let it sit. It should still be over 180 in 15 minutes. :) SECOND STEP: Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until well blended. The easy place to buy Activated Charcoal is in your local

health food store or herbal medicine store. THIRD STEP: Feel free to add any relevant herbal extracts to the formula just before you spoon it in. You want to make sure it is very cooled off before adding any extracts, essential oils, or fragrance. FOURTH STEP: Once it is smooth, spoon into 1/2 ounce jars. Give a jar to everyone you know. They will thank you for it!


Itchy Salve

If using fresh herbs, gently spray clean and let wilt overnight in a dry place. 1 handful of chickweed 1/2 handful of chamomile heads 1/2 handful of calendula heads 2 Tbs. of thyme 2 Tbs. comfrey root 2 Tbs. marshmallow root

Cover with olive oil, infuse over low heat (never get above 200) for 3 hours.

hardens enough, if not add more beeswax only a little bit at a time and re-test.

Strain and add 1-2 oz. Cocoa butter and 1-2 oz. Beeswax, heat until melted and pour into containers. Just drop a little on a plate and see if it

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Art It!

By: Amanda Johnson Long after the pills are gone, the baby no longer an infant and mother has healed, she may still want to remember her postpartum experience and how her placenta helped her heal. Offering placenta prints and cord keepsakes with your encapsulation package is a great way to provide this for her. They are very easy to do, cost efficient and fun to gift. The only supplies you need are a thick piece of printing paper, poster board or construction paper. • To make a placenta print, trim down the excess amniotic sac or tuck it under the placenta. You will be using the fetal side of the placenta. Be sure to leave the umbilical cord attached until after the print is completed. • Position the placenta on a piece of paper or cutting board

(sanitized) and remove excess surface moisture. Using some cord blood and a paintbrush (Q-Tips are great for this too!), paint blood onto the fetal side of the placenta and down the length of one side of the cord. You will want to only paint the vein structure of the placenta to yield a more detailed print. • If you are printing a frozen placenta, you may find that the leftover blood is very watery. Taking a needle, knife-tip or scissors you can make a small hole in one of the main, outer veins in the placenta. This will give you access to fresh blood that is not watery. Using this blood will give you a beautiful, rich color. • Very carefully lay the paper down on the placenta, starting at the top and down the cord.


Retreat Activity: ART IT!

How to make a placenta print and a umbilical cord keepsake.

Gently press the outline of the placenta onto the paper. • Let it sit there for a few seconds and then carefully lift the paper off. Set in a safe place to dry. Drying the print should only take about 20-30 minutes. You can offer laminating the print to preserve it. This is sanitary because only the sides of the laminate paper that will be on the print come into contact with the dried blood. • You can also offer printing a placenta directly onto a belly cast. I recommend doing a couple of different belly casts in case the first print doesn’t come out perfect.

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Umbilical Cord Keepsakes By: Amanda Johnson

TO MAKE A CORD KEEPSAKE USING A LONGER UMBILICAL CORD, TAKE THE REMAINING CORD THAT YOU HAD FIRST PLACED IN YOUR SPARE BOWL AND LOOP IT IN TWO. HOLDING EACH END, GENTLY TWIST THE CORD INTO A SPIRAL. IF USING A SHORTER CORD, YOU CAN SKIP LOOPING IT IN TWO AND CHOOSE TO JUST FORM THE CORD INTO THE DESIRED SHAPE AND LET DRY. * Lay the cord down on a sheet of parchment paper. Form the twisted cord into a heart and push the un-looped ends through the hole. You can also make shapes such as spirals, stars and flowers. * Let sit in a well-ventilated area, away from pets for about an hour. Gently brush the placenta with a little bit of rubbing alcohol to prevent rot and smell and to facilitate drying. You can use sea salt in place of rubbing alcohol. * Drying the cord in your dehydrator is an option. There is a chance that the accelerated drying will warp your keepsake. You can choose to remove it when it is still pliable and finish air drying or placing a silicone insert tray on top of it. * Air Drying, let the cord sit for at least 48 hours or until cord is completely dried. It will shrink up and may require turning over half way through the process. * Putting the keepsake into a satchel or special box is a good presentation. You can even tie it with ribbon to the outside of packaging.


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Retreat Activity: MALA MANTRAS

Gift yourself a mantra to remind you of taking care of YOU on this path of service

Holy YES! Sacred NO! By Anni Daulter As women who serve other women, it can become a place of depletion if you are not careful to not over-extend yourself and give too much. There is a way to serve with reverence in honoring your vows as you also learn the ART of honoring yourself. The mantra of HOLY yes + SACRED no is to help you remember YOU in the journey. Learn your limits and set boundaries that are healthy. When we honor ourselves by saying no when we are depleted, we also honor the women in our care, because we can give to them more fully when our cup is full. This philosophy also deeply helps with trust, for your HOLY yes will be filled with love and truth and the ability to truly serve.


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Day THREE:

The Art of Conscious Cooking Defined Bringing awareness, intention, love and the beauty way to your cooking process is to master the Art of Conscious Cooking. When you prepare nourishing foods for mamas post-birth, you have the honor of not only feeding their bodies, but nourishing their souls and healing them with your warmth. There are special warming foods that are excellent for postpartum women to eat, and we will tell you all about those, BUT make sure the first postpartum meals your mamas get are EXACTLY what they want. Even if its chili cheese fries. Our relationship to food is a deep journey and we must look deeply at the comfort and memories that certain

foods produce to understand our cravings for certain foods at certain times in our lives. We honor a woman when we can meet that request. Then offering your mamas warming soups, teas, spices that warm and foods that can help her milk supply will bring her back to restorative health and offer her a chance to re-balance her body and she feeds herself and her newborn baby. Welcome to the Art of Conscious Cooking!

~Anni

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Claiming: Sacred Kitchen Space Please take this on... Your kitchen is a Sacred Space and in order to prepare foods with love you MUST only allow LOVE in your space.

SIMPLE TIPS TO CREATE SACRED KITCHEN SPACE: *NO FIGHTING� allowed in the kitchen *Create a Sacred Kitchen Altar with candles / crystals / spices + pics of those you love *Create a Sacred Kitchen SIGN to hang in your space *When you cook do so with intention of pouring love into every meal you make


Retreat Activity: ALTER SIGNS

Make Kitchen Altar Signs + Apron Time!

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Claiming: Sacred Space Deep Look ~Antonette Vasseur of Sacred Roots

DEEP TIP #1:

CLEAR OUT THE CHAOS AND CLUTTER!

Stand in your kitchen and take a look around. What do you see? Could your kitchen use some good organization and complete purge of items you no longer use or need? Take some time to go through every drawer and every cupboard and take inventory of what you have. Keep what you need and use, donate what no longer serves you, and toss out items that are no longer functional. Wait! Before putting everything back in , stop and wipe out the inside of the cupboards and drawers. Cleanliness is next to GODDESSNESS Organize the items in a way that will serve you. Put things away that you don’t use often and really only collect dust. Put that blender out on your counter to encourage you to make those smoothies you swore you would make yourself every morning. Open up space to allow the energy to flow through! Something about clearing out the clutter and the dirt that makes you WANT to USE your kitchen and create nourishing dishes. Dread opening those drawers NO MORE! DEEP TIP #2: PEACEFUL SPACE & EARTH CONNECTIONS Adding a few earth elements to your kitchen space is a pleasant reminder of where our food comes from. It gives us the space to honor Mother Earth with more than just thedishes we create. It allows us to bring a life-force energy to a place we associate nourishment with. Fill your kitchen with seasonal plants and flowers. A few potted herbs near your cooking space is not only great to add to your dishes, but is aromatic and pleasing to the eye! Add pictures, or decorations that remind you of the sacred connection with food. Hang up words of prayer, blessings or affirmations. Colorful prayer flags bring peaceful energy to the space you create in. Create a “nature table”, or a space in your kitchen where you can bring the seasons indoors. Add fresh flowers, leaves, beautiful stones you or the kids have found outdoors. Bringing the seasons into your Sacred Kitchen reminds us that our body craves seasonal connections with our food.


DEEP TIP #3: KEEP IT FRESH + SEASONAL Keep bowls out and fill it with fresh, local, organic seasonal fruits and vegetables. This not only looks beautiful, but we eat healthier when have healthy, colorful options readily available.

DEEP TIP #4 : CLEANSE IT! All the physical items in your kitchen have been organized and cleansed. Let’s clear out the negative energy and create a space where you can work at a higher vibration. Throw open some windows and get some fresh air. Air flow in the early mornings and late evenings helps to get the good energy moving inward and flowing. Bless your kitchen with a sage smudge. Smudging is a ritual where a bundle of sage, or other herbs are burned in an intentional way to cleanse out negative energy and replenish healing, nourishing energy. What a great space for NOURISHING energy! What are other ways you can cleanse the energy in your Sacred Kitchen? What can you add to your space that allows you to work at a higher vibration?

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To Sell Food!

by: Bridget Diluzio

Businesses must follow strict sanitary and safety measures when handling, preparing and cooking food. As a Mother Roaster, if you are going to be reselling food to your postpartum mamas you will need to obtain a food handler’s license. Requirements for such a license will vary state by state. Luckily, you can take the course and obtain your license online. Be sure to check with your state for its individual health department codes. To find out more about your state requirements and regulations, or to find or enroll in a course, visit ServSafe (https://www.servsafe.com). Don’t forget to also check out Food Handler, Inc (http://www.foodhandler.com) for further food safety training videos.


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Creating a Food Tree for the New Family by:Bridget DiLuzio

Birthing a baby, as we know, is hard work. It takes its toll not only on the mother and baby, but also on the mother’s partner. While mom not only needs time to rest and begin healing, the whole family needs good quality family time to begin the bonding process. A food tree is a great way to help with that process. A food tree is similar in concept to a phone tree. A group of people come together and sign up to bring dinners to the new family. Single-handedly, this can be one of the greatest gifts and stress alleviators. By not needing to worry about cooking dinners, the new family can really delve in to bonding and getting to know the newest member of the family. The person who takes charge of setting up the food tree should do so well in advance of baby’s arrival. A good time to reach out to people may be at the baby shower of Mother’s Honoring Ceremony. Begin asking people if they’d like to help fix a meal or two to bring to the new family after baby arrives. Be sure to get

their name, phone number and email address. Optimally, you want to try to get enough people for approximately two weeks worth of dinners. If there are enough people that the meals can stretch beyond two weeks, that’s even better. When trying to plan out meals, make sure to take note of the new mother’s favorite foods. If there are dietary restrictions, or special needs, it will be important to note those as well. The only thing you may not be able to take into account are any dietary changes that may occur as a result of the delivery; for example, if the mother has a caesarean section, there may be certain foods she may need to avoid for a short period of time. While unexpected situations may arise, knowing the mothers likes, and what foods to avoid, will help all involved with the food tree meal planning. Another good thing to keep in mind is that after a few days of dinners being delivered, leftovers may begin to pile up.


So while bringing them meals everyday is a wonderful thing, what you may want to consider setting up is a few days worth of daily dinners, and then stagger to dinners every other day. In addition to keeping the new family’s refrigerator from bursting at the seams with uneaten food, it will also help to lengthen the amount of time that dinners are delivered to them. Set up a calendar assigning each participant a certain day (or days if he or she has agreed to make more than one dinner) that they are to bring dinner to the new family. Be sure to send each person a copy, along with the likes/dislikes in food and dietary restrictions if there are any. Allow for each person to write-in what they are willing to bring on their assigned day, making sure that duplicate meals aren’t being delivered.

Food Tree websites have all of the necessary tools to get you started, without worrying that you may have missed a step. Some websites that you may want to look at for help are Meal Train (www.mealtrain.com), Meal Baby (http://mealbaby. com), and Take Them A Meal (http://takethemameal.com). Any of these sites, along with others on the internet, will walk you through each step of setting up a food tree for the new family. Whether you plan the entire the entire food tree yourself, or use a website like the ones mentioned above; whether five people sign up to bring dinners or twentyfive people sign up to bring dinners, just know that the gift of feeding the new family will be a much appreciated and welcomed gift.

Excited to set-up the food tree, but worried about the logistics and getting it all “right?” There are now several websites that you can utilize and it will help take the guess-work out of setting up a successful food tree.

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*THE TAPESTRY OF TEAS +TEA CEREMONY +MOTHER TURMERIC TEA +MAMA’S HAPPY TEA +SWEETWATER LACTATION TEA +YOU ROCK! MAMMA TEA *SUPER-FOOD +BREASTFEEDING *ATOLE *CHIA DREAM

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The Tapestry of Teas: The Japanese tea ceremony is called Chanoyu, Sado or simply Ocha in Japanese. It is a choreographic ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea, called Matcha, together with traditional Japanese sweets to balance with the bitter taste of the tea. Preparing tea in this ceremony means pouring all one’s attention into the predefined movements. The whole process is not about drinking tea, but is about aesthetics, preparing a bowl of tea from one’s heart. The host of the ceremony always considers

Retreat Activity: Tea ceremony

the guests with every movement and gesture. Even the placement of the tea utensils is considered from the guests view point (angle), especially the main guests called the Shokyaku. When you create teas for your mamas, do so with love and pure intentions. Tea Ceremony: *bless the tea as you create it *with every pour give love and thanks


Mother Turmeric Tea

Turmeric has been used for 2,500 years in India for medicinal purposes. This simple tea is consumed by mamas during the first three weeks after childbirth. Among the many healing characteristics of turmeric are antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. In hot tea form it helps shrink and tone the uterus. Turmeric stimulates blood circulation aiding the body to shed locia faster as well as being a

natural anti-coagulant it is known to inhibit blood clotting. Curcumin, a natural phenolic compound in turmeric, is useful in boosting a mama’s immunity during this time. Peeled 2-inch piece of fresh turmeric. Depending on a mama’s taste a larger piece or a few pieces can be used.

Boil over a very, low flame for at least one hour. Pour into a mug and add honey if desired drink hot or warm – not cool or cold. Drink three consecutive mornings then repeat for week two and three.

4 cups of water

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Mama's Happy Tea

Alfalfa - one of Nature's most nutritious herbs, it also balances the hormones, and helps the mother to revive her strength. Cinnamon - this warming, comforting herb gently stimulates the uterus to heal and soothes away anxiety and stress Lady's Mantle - a uterine tonic which staunches bleeding, heals the placental site, relieves afterpains and has mild painrelieving properties. It also balances the hormones. Motherwort - a uterine tonic which relieves postpartum cramping and afterpains and

also has soothing effects to alleviate anxiety. Nettle - the perfect post-natal herb, richly nutritious and a wonderful general tonic, especially after heavy blood loss. Excellent for a new mother who is feeling exhausted and overwhelmed.

and may be overstimulated and 'wired', perhaps so tired that she can't 'wind down'. This will help her calm down and find her centre, and be able to sleep.

Red Raspberry Leaf - a richly nutritious herb which tones the uterus muscle and promotes healing and balance

Vervain - truly a mother's friend, this nervine nourishes the nervous system. Along with Skullcap it is ideal for soothing away any 'baby blues' and supporting rest and calm. It also encourages a plentiful milk supply.

Skullcap - has gentle sedative properties which nourish the nervous system. Helpful when a new mother has a lot on her mind

Equal parts of all/ let steep for 5-10 minutes


Sweetwater Lacation Tea

SHOULD BE IN EVERY WISE WOMAN’S CUPBOARDS... **Combine and mix in a glass jar: 1/3 Fenugreek seeds 2/3 Fennel seeds **Boil water Place 1-2 tsp. mixed seeds in a half gallon ball jar. Pour water over. Cover tightly and let sit for at least 20 minutes. Enjoy! Beneficial for warming digestion and milk production. If have extra milk supply reduce fenugreek seed

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YOU ROCK!

Mamma Tea and Infusion

~Demetria Clark

2 parts chamomile flower (Matricaria recutita) 2 parts hibiscus flower (Hibiscus sabdariffa) 1 part rose petal (Rosa spp.)

1/8 part lavender flower (Lavendula officinalis) 1/4 part rose hips (Rosa canina) 3 parts lemon balm leaf (Melissa officinalis)

MAKE THIS BY THE GALLON. IT IS RICH IN NERVINES, VITAMINS AND MINERALS. MOM, FAMILY AND CARE PROVIDERS CAN DRINK THIS THROUGHOUT THE DAY, HOT OR COLD.


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SUPER-FOOD

+ Breastfeeding

by Sacred Milk Goddess: Sara + Austin + Gini

The journey of pregnancy into birthing our babies is indeed sacred, powerful. An inward harnessing of the force of universal creation. We are confronted with what is raw and true within us. We surrender to what is. We birth. Once our babies are born our bodies begin to make milk, perfect nourishment drawn from us. Rather than separate from our babies once the umbilical cord is cut, we draw them back to us with our milk. Milk communicates without words and deeper than physical contact. Milk is speaking to our DNA, the essence of who we are physically. Milk speaks to our soul as we intimately connect to our babies. These tiny beings with big souls, reaching out bringing us to ourselves. Our initiation into motherhood is the journey we take. The path we navigate as we give milk.

Allow it to be drawn from our bodies and souls, and daily rediscover the art and dance of nursing. Realizing this perfect nourishment is not just for our babies but also for ourselves. Breastfeeding is instinctual, natural, normal, necessary. That doesn’t mean it’s necessarily easy or filled with bliss. It is also not something that can be fully learned from a book or taught on the internet. It can not be told. Nursing is learned in community, in sisterhood, passed down from one generation of mothers to the next. Nursing babies is spiritual mothering, shared intimately between mother and child but held up in the larger circle of mothers. For all of this is why Milk is Sacred.


.Sacred.

Highly valued and important;

Entitled to reverence and respect .Milk.

To draw from; Perfect Nourishment

Childbirth is the birth of the Child, the surrender of the Mother.

Breastfeeding is the initiation of the true birth of the Mother.

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Milk Love O, THOU BEAUTIFUL DAMSEL, MAY THE FOUR OCEANS OF THE EARTH CONTRIBUTE THE SECRETION OF MILK IN THY BREASTS FOR THE PURPOSE FOR IMPROVING THE BODILY STRENGTH OF THE CHILD O, THOU WITH THE BEAUTIFUL FACE, MAY THE CHILD REARED ON YOUR MILK, ATTAIN A LONG LIFE, LIKE THE GODS MADE IMMORTAL WITH DRINKS OF NECTAR ~SUSHRUTA, TRANSLATED I SEE MY BODY AS AN INSTRUMENT, RATHER THAN AN ORNAMENT.

~Alanis Morissette,

(quoted in Reader's Digest, March 2000)

Breastfeeding is an unsentimental metaphor for how love works, in a way. You don’t decide how much and how deeply to love - you respond to the beloved, and give with joy exactly as much as they want.

~Marni Jackson

It is only in the act of nursing that a woman realizes her motherhood in visible and tangible fashion; it is a joy of every moment

~Honore de Balzac


Countless women have regained trust in their bodies through nursing their children, even if they weren’t sure at first that they could do it. It is an act of female power, and I think of it as feminism in its purest form.

~ Christine Northrup

A baby nursing at a mother’s breast... is an undeniable affirmation of our rootedness in nature.

~David Suzuki

Breastfeeding is a mother’s gift to herself, her baby and the earth.

~Pamela K.

A newborn baby has only three demands. They are warmth in the arms of its mother, food from her breasts, and security in the knowledge of her presence. Breastfeeding satisfies all three.

~Grantly Dick-Read

The benefits to the mother of immediate breastfeeding are innumerable, not the least of which after the weariness of labor and birth is the emotional gratification, the feeling of strength, the composure, and the sense of fulfillment that comes with the handling and suckling of the baby.

~Ashley Montague

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Ceremony: CHIA Dream

high in fiber 2/3 cup chia seeds 2 cups unsweetened soymilk, almondmilk or ricemilk 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 tablespoons currants or chopped dried figs or dates 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes

Put chia seeds, almond milk and vanilla in a 1-quart glass jar with a lid. Tighten the lid and shake well to thoroughly combine. Or, stir together seeds, almond milk and vanilla in a bowl. Refrigerate overnight. When ready to

serve, stir well. Spoon into bowls and top with fruit and coconut. Or you can drink right after making!


Atole Recipe Serves: 5-6

Atole has a really long history. The name comes from the Nahuatl (Aztec) word atolli, and like so many foods in Mexico and throughout the Americas, it’s based on corn. Sometimes it’s made with cornstarch, but the more traditional versions, like this one, usemasa, the same cornmeal dough used to make tortillas and tamales. In San Miguel de Allende, you’ll often see corner vendors in the evening, ladling it out of a huge pot sitting on a gas burner, serving it up with steaming tamales. Atole should always be creamy with no lumps, but it can be as thick as porridge, a kind of gruel-like consistency, or thinned down to slightly thicker than hot chocolate. Wonderful for postpartum mamas.

Ingredients: 1/2 cup masa harina (masa flour) 5 cups milk or water, according to taste 1/4 cup piloncillo, (Mexican sugar cones) chopped fine or grated 1 stick cinnamon (canela) or 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 vanilla bean (split lengthwise) or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preparation: In a large saucepan, whisk the water or milk into the masa flour little by little until completely mixed and free of lumps. Heat over meadium heat, stirring constantly, until it just begins to thicken. Add piloncillo and cinnamon stick or ground cinnamon. Scrape seeds from vanila bean into pan or add vanilla extract. Stir vigorously until sugar is dissolved, then bring to a boil, stirring constantly to keep it from becoming lumpy. Remove cinnamon stick. Serve hot in mugs.

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Getting back to Basics : The post-pregnancy diet is a simple, wholesome and healthy one ~ Valerie Lynn All traditional postpartum recovery diets are based on the ancient belief of the Humoral Theory of hot and cold wellness. A pregnant mama is in a hot state and when she gives birth she shifts into a “cold state.” Therefore the immediate postpartum weeks focus on warming the mama’s body and raising her internal temperature back to normal through her diet of eating foods considered to have warming properties. Also to be considered is a mama’s digestive system is weakened and sluggish after giving birth and not functioning normally. Therefore foods that

are tough on the digestive system should be avoided. To understand a traditional postpartum diet is to comprehend that food is used as medicine, it always has been. Pregnancy is viewed not as an illness but as a temporary imbalance of a woman’s body that can be easily healed, or rebalanced, according to specific dietary guidelines. With the advent of modern medicine, most Western cultures have gotten away from this fundamental notion.


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Heaty Foods Defined by Valerie Lynn

The word ‘heaty’ refers to the capacity of a particular food, spice, or product to generate a “warm sensation” within the body. EAT FOODS CONSIDERED “WARM OR HOT” Since a mama’s body after childbirth is in a “cold state,” it makes sense to avoid foods that are cooling to the internal body temperature. Foods that are consumed are considered to have warm, or ‘heaty’ properties that promote heat to be brought into the body. Specific foods are recommended and recipes altered through recommended cooking methods and by adding certain herbs and spices. Alternatively foods considered “’spicy” like a Tabasco effect are a different type of “hot” and should be avoided. For example chilies are considered heaty as they contain capsaicins in the membrane. The hottest part of a chili is not the seeds, as many people think, but the white flesh that houses the

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Bone Broth together + serve for dinner

seeds, known as the placenta. Interesting, no? Someone may perspire after eating food containing chilies as this spice produces heat in the body. This is the ‘heaty effect’ of eating chilies. POSTPARTUM HEALING MINDSET Mamas should adopt the mind-set that food is “medicine” in the way that it can help her body rapidly heal and restore her energy levels, not just fill the tummy. Therefore, eat foods that will restore the body.

Bone Broth (or technically, stock) is a mineral rich infusion made by boiling bones of healthy animals with vegetables, herbs and spices. Its a powerful health tonic for postpartum women as it restores the body’s balance, calms nerves, and strengthens immunity. It builds back Qi & Blood!


Bone Broth Soup

What you need: 2 pounds (or more) of bones from a healthy source 2 chicken feet for extra gelatin (optional) 1 onion 2 carrots 2 stalks of celery 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar Optional: 1 bunch of parsley, 1 tablespoon or more of sea salt, 1 teaspoon peppercorns, additional herbs or spices to taste. I also add 2 cloves of garlic for the last 30 minutes of cooking. You’ll also need a large stock pot to cook the broth in and a strainer to remove the pieces when it is done. What to do: The first step in preparing to make broth is to gather high quality bones. As I said, you can find them from sources listed above or save them when you cook. Since we roast chicken at least once a week, I save the carcass for making broth/stock. I usually aim for 2 pounds of bones per gallon

of water I’m using to make broth. This usually works out to 2-3 full chicken carcasses. If possible I’ll also add 2 chicken feet per gallon of water (completely optional!).

Now, bring the broth to a boil. Once it has reached a vigorous boil, reduce to a simmer and simmer until done. These are the times I simmer for:

You’ll also need some organic vegetables for flavor. These are actually optional but add extra flavor and nutrition. Typically, I add (per gallon of water and 2 pounds of bones):

Chicken or poultry broth/stock: 24 hours

1 onion 2 large carrots (if from an organic source, you can rough chop and don’t need to peel) 2 celery stalks, rough chopped *bunch of parseley If you are using raw bones, especially beef bones, it improves flavor to roast them in the oven first. I place them in a roasting pan and roast for 30 minutes at 350. Then, place the bones in a large stock pot (I use a 5 gallon pot). Pour (filtered) water over the bones and add the vinegar. Let sit for 20-30 minutes in the cool water. The acid helps make the nutrients in the bones more available. Rough chop and add the vegetables (except the parsley and garlic, if using) to the pot. Add any salt, pepper, spices or herbs, if using.

Beef broth/stock: 48 hours Fish broth: 8 hours During the first few hours of simmering, you’ll need to remove the impurities that float to the surface. A frothy/foamy layer will form and it can be easily scooped off with a big spoon. Throw this part away. I typically check it every 20 minutes for the first 2 hours to remove this. Grass-fed and healthy animals will produce much less of this than conventional animals. During the last 30 minutes, add the garlic and parsley, if using. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Strain using a fine metal strainer to remove all the bits of bone and vegetable. When cool enough, store in a gallon size glass jar in the fridge for up to 5 days, or freeze for later use. (from wellness mama)

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+Red & Roasted ~Anni Daulter

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Make Red + Roasted together + serve for dinner

INGREDIENTS: 8 large beef steak tomatoes (cut in half + heavily seasoned with thyme / salt / pepper / garlic powder / olive oil), roasted 2 full garlic heads, roasted Sea salt & pepper to taste 1 large yellow onion, chopped 2 container chicken broth (or you can use veggie stock) 2 veggie bouillon cubes thyme 1 Tablespoon brags amino acid or 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce 2 pats of butter 2 limes, quartered 4 cups of water

COOKING STEPS FOR “TOMATO SOUP�:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees 2. Put seasoned, halved tomatoes in the oven along with the whole garlic gloves that have been drizzled with olive oil and roast for 40 minutes 3. Meanwhile, in a big soup pot, add the butter and cook down the chopped onion, adding in salt, pepper, thyme, brags or low sodium soy sauce. When onion

is nice a browned and in the stock and bouillon cubes. Put on low and let all the flavors meld together. 4. Add in roasted tomatoes and all of the roasted garlic and bring to a nice boil. 5. Using either a hand mixer or a blender puree the soup. 6. Squeeze a little lime on top before serving. MAKES 5 SERVINGS


Sunset Soup

Cream of Carrot and Ginger Soup

By Tan Kaw Ting, Culinary Arts Student, Berjaya University College of Hospitality, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2 cups chicken or vegetable stock 4 carrots, cubed 1 inch fresh ginger root, sliced 1 stalk celery, cubed ¼ cup milk 1 stalk lemongrass 1 potato, finely sliced ½ onion, finely chopped Add fresh or dried thyme, to taste

1.Sauté the carrot, celery, potato, ginger and lemon grass with the onion. 2. Blend the sautéed ingredients until it is pureed. 3. Add the stock stirring until it is the preferred consistency. 4. Stir in the milk. 5. Pour into a bowl.

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Coconut Saffron Stew

1 cup red lentils or split mung beans soaked over night plus 6 cups of water for cooking 8 cups bone broth/stock homemade or store-bought organic chicken, beef, lamb 2-3 cups fresh chopped veggies (1 or more of the following: asparagus, carrots, okra, fresh fennel or dill, fenugreek leaves, green beans, winter squash, leafy greens, sweet potato, sea vegetables 2 Tbsp ghee, coconut oil, or butter 2 cloves garlic finely minced (or

pre-roasted)

1/2 T thyme

All of the following optional:

1/2 T dry dill or basil

1/4 t hing/asafoetida or 1-2 pieces of kelp/wakame (this helps digestibility of beans)

Pinch saffron

1/2 t fennel seeds 1 t brown mustard seeds 1 t fenugreek seeds 1 bay leaf 1-2 t fresh grated ginger 1/2 T turmeric 1 t ground cumin 1/2 T ground coriander

1 can coconut milk To taste salt and pepper Serve with rice, quinoa, millet or other grain (soaked over night before cooking) Garnish: lemon/lime wedges, avocado, and/or cilantro Source: Adapted from the book Touching Heaven by Ysha Oakes via Sonya Bastow, Ayurvedic Postpartum Doulas


After Birth Rice with Spices

This is a popular Malay postpregnancy recipe with a very simple name as you can see. 2 cups of rice 3 cups of fresh coconut milk or fresh milk 1 tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk 1 teaspoon of ginger – finely chopped 1 tablespoon of korma powder 2 pieces of cloves 2 pieces of cardamom seed 1 piece of star anise

1 cinnamon stick 1 piece of pandan leaf* (known as screw pin leaf / if you can find) 2 tablespoons of (dried) fried onion 3 tablespoons of ghee (Indian clarified butter) *Sometimes frozen pandan leaves can be purchased at an Asian grocer such as Thai, Filipino, and so on. Omit if you cannot find.

Wash and rinse the rice with running water three times to rinse out the starch. Heat the ghee in a pan on medium heat. Add the korma powder, fried onion and coconut milk/fresh milk. Then add a pinch of salt, keep stirring and bring to a boil. Once boiled add in the rice, pandan leaf, cloves, cardamom, star anise, and one cinnamon stick. Stir evenly. When rice is a little bit dry, turn down the heat. Put the lid on and let the rice cook fully until the rice is fluffy and dry. Fluff with a fork.

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Flourless Orange Ginger Cake

BY NIGEL A. SKELCHY, JUST HEAVENLY (M) SDN BHD, KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, WWW.JUSTHEAVENLY.BIZ/BAKINGBARN

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make together for dessert at dinner

2-3 oranges (total weight of roughly 450g), seedless is preferred. 6 eggs 1 oz (30g) of melted butter 1 ¼ cup of natural raw sugar 1 cup (100g) ground almonds 2 tsp of turmeric powder ¾ cup (100g) chopped crystallized ginger 1 ¼ tsp of baking powder, level Generous pinch of salt

Place whole oranges in a pot of cold water, enough to cover, and boil for two hours over a medium low heat. The oranges are boiled for a long time to soften the fruit and extract any bitterness or sourness. At the end of two hours, switch on your oven to 350F (180C) (320F or 160C for a fan forced). Prepare an 8” spring form tin. Line the bottom and butter the sides. Beat the eggs just to combine. Break the oranges up and de-seed (if not using seedless oranges). Chop the ginger to approximately 2-3mm cubes. Not too finely, so there’s texture when you eat the cake. Sieve the

ground almonds, salt, turmeric powder and baking powder together. Put the deseeded oranges, soft rind and all, in a food processor and slowly pour in the almond flour mix and blend. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake for an hour but perform a skewer test. The skewer should come out clean. Unmold after it has had a chance to cool for 10 minutes. This cake tastes better the next day as it allows for the flavors have a chance to develop. If you prefer to eat it warm, heat it in a microwave for 10 seconds. The result will be a dense cake full of flavor, not a light cake as there


Boobie No-Bake Placenta Lactation Cookies by Amanda Johnson

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make together for dessert at dinner

1/2 cup butter 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup milk 4 tablespoons cocoa powder 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 tablespoon brewer’s yeast 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal dissolved in 1 teaspoon water 1 teaspoon ground fenugreek seed 1 teaspoon ground blessed milk thistle 2 tablespoon placenta powder 3 -3 1/2 cups dry quick-cooking oats (can substitute for steel cut oats)

DIRECTIONS: 1. Add the first four ingredients into a 4-quart sauce pan. 2. Bring to a rolling boil and hold for 1 minute. 3. Remove from heat. 4. Add brewer’s yeast and blessed milk thistle. Stir until mixed. 5. Add in vanilla. (almond extract is good also, but I only use 1/2 teaspoon almond and 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla). 6. Mix in the oats, placenta powder and fenugreek seed, and drop by tablespoons onto wax paper.

7. Let cool until set. 8 *Please remember that even if you do follow the recipe exactly, it doesn't always turn out just right. I have had these not set up for me AND be hard and dry. But most of the time, the recipe is just right. I have also found that it makes a difference if you use quick cooking oats or old fashioned. In my experience it takes more old fashioned oats than quick cooking and I like the texture of the quick cooking better.

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When we cook for each other, its important to stop and thank the whole of the journey of the food, from the seed to the farmer to the water to the delivery person to the grocer to you! Keep your table beautiful and the food inspired as you go into the world and nourish women through the love of your wooden spoon! Pick wildflowers for your mamas too, they will love it!!! These are several little waldorf inspired blessings you can say over the food and gift your mamas with so they can share with their new growing family! Now go share a meal together and remember, before eating or drinking yourself, turn to a sister and offer her a bite of food, saying, "May you never hunger + then offer her drink, saying, "May you never thirst" This is the beauty way!

~Anni


Wa l d o r f i n s p i red Meal-Time Blessings We a r e t h a n k f ul f o r t h i s f o o d For rest and home and all things good For wind and rain and sun above B ut m o s t o f a l l f o r t h o s e w e l o v e

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MEAL TIME BLESSING

Blessings on the blossom, Blessings on the root, Blessings on the leaf and stem, Blessings on my fruit


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Day FOUR: The Art of Mother Roasting Being a MOTHER ROASTER means you are a seer, a knower, a spiritual adviser, a giver, a friend, a sister, a nurturer, and a holder of sacred space. When a woman ask you to contain this type of space with her she is inviting you into her most private personal space that does not only belong to her, it belongs to the baby and the daddy (partner) as well. This is a delicate dance between all of you, please guard it with care and know that you are privileged to see into the most delicate places in our sisters lives and she is looking to you to keep her warm through it all. Blessings,

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Postpartum Relationship tips by Dr. Alyssa berlin, perinatal psychologist, certified gottman educator

Everyone wants the best for their baby. We want our little one to be happy and healthy and we want to be good parents. It may be surprising to you that one secret to being a good parent is to have a happy relationship with your partner. However, after we welcome our new addition, there tends to be such a strong focus on the baby that it’s easy to forget about the couple’s relationship. Yes, we want to be good parents but not at the expense of being great partners. Improving relationship satisfaction between partners is crucial throughout the transition to parenthood. Little else poses the same threat to a relationship more than having a baby. We will discuss the main ways that becoming parents changes the partner relationship and how to strengthen and enhance your bond with one another. THERE IS NO GETTING AROUND IT; YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR PARTNER WILL CHANGE WHEN YOU HAVE A BABY. 1. The primary change that happens surrounds the new roles that you each have now that you are officially parents. As new parents, there is a tendency for roles within your new family to become more traditional; one person often assumes the hunter/gatherer role while the other person focuses on nurturing and care giving. 2. A number of physical and emotional changes occur as well. I am sure you have heard the rumors regarding the scarcity of sleep when your new bundle arrives. With the loss of sleep that commonly occurs comes a cessation in many important relationship sustaining behaviors, such as a reduction in sex, spontaneous conversation, date night and self-care activities. Bottom line, any activity that has to compete with sleep in those early months will lose. a. Unfortunately when we stop nurturing ourselves and our relationship, it is common for partners to withdraw from one another. This often leads to feelings of distance and isolation and marks the beginning of the downward cascade in relationship satisfaction. 3. After a baby is born it is common for dad or the non-birthing partner to inadvertently become marginalized. Commonly, mom is enveloped in a circle of love and support by female onlookers, all with the best intentions of helping mom acclimate to her new role. However, it may leave little room for the non-birthing partner to join the party. As such, the non-birthing partner will likely retreat and focus his or her efforts on the newly assigned role of hunter/gatherer and financially providing for the family. The non-birthing partner’s immediate withdrawal from the family leaves mom feeling abandoned and alone and will be another precipitating factor in their relationship discord. 4. Many couples struggle with the perceived “loss of freedom” that is born with the new addition to the family. Specifically, couples will struggle with the inability to maintain their former social life prior to baby. This will be compounded if there is a discrepancy between partners as to how much of their former night life should or should not be traded for diaper duty.


THERE ARE NUMEROUS WAYS THAT YOU CAN STRENGTHEN YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR PARTNER, EVEN BEFORE THE BABY’S ARRIVAL. 1. Take a deep breath, let yourself off the hook, and recognize that what you are feeling is NORMAL. This is a crucial component, because with the realization of normalcy comes a lot of internal calm and peace of mind. Recognize that birth and parenthood are powerful, life changing moments and there will be a NORMAL period of adjustment that accompanies these milestones. 2. We want to keep partners involved from the beginning. Prior to the baby’s arrival, sit down with your partner and discuss specific jobs and/or bonding moments that will be designated for your partner, and only for your partner, irrespective of the well meaning (pushy?) family and friends that just want to “help out,” i.e. bath, massage, story time, play. It is interesting to note that Mother Nature clearly defines mom’s role: she will carry the baby for 9+ months, give birth to the little bundle and if inclined, she will breastfeed the baby. However, the non-birthing partner’s role is more ambiguous and up to each individual family to define. As such, when you discuss with your partner what role he/she wants to play, you help to clarify his/her role and anchor them to the family. This can minimize feelings of confusion, loneliness and isolation and enhance the bonding process between partners and baby. 3. It is really important to restore emotional intimacy to the relationship ASAP. This alone is the key to relationship satisfaction after baby. You can accomplish this in three pivotal ways: date night, sex and talking. a. People are confused about date night. The assumption is that it has to take place out of the home and must occur at night. Wrong. The purpose of date night is to rekindle the spark between two people. This can happen at any time and any place. Right after your baby is born it may feel daunting to go out for the typical “dinner and a movie” date that your remember from your pre-baby days. Simplify. Stay home as long as you are accomplishing the goal of enhancing the closeness between the two of you – it counts as a date. Remember, anything that has to compete with sleep will lose. So let’s save date night by having a date in the morning or afternoon or any other time of day that is feasible for you. b. Sex adds a different level of electricity to a relationship and is a big proponent of a couple’s emotional connection with each other. Therefore, I encourage you to resume physical intimacy when it is feasible and mutually desired by both parties. In the interim, “non-threatening massage,” cuddling and touch are invaluable ways to stay connected and minimize feelings of isolation and loneliness. c.Talking is a great way to stay in sync with your partner. It’s the day to day interactions, the small things that really lay the foundation of love, romance and happiness in the relationship as a whole. Set aside a specific time (not at night) each day to talk to each other. I suggest connecting with your partner on 3 levels: EMOTIONALLY: how is your partner feeling? COGNITIVELY: what is your partner thinking about and PHYSICALLY: How is your partner healing? Take turns listening and supporting each other in a nonjudgmental way. 4. Change is inevitable. Your relationship with your partner will change when the baby arrives. Change can be wonderful and exhilarating. When you feed your relationship and make it a priority, through talking, date night and sex, you are solidifying its foundation and allowing your partnership to grow stronger as you grow closer together. This will ensure a happy and meaningful transition to parenthood.

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Naked Time

TIP BOX

New couples should spend time everyday lying NAKED with each other, if even for 10 minutes...This does not have to lead to sex but can provide intimate physical connection while a woman’s body is healing. This is a good life practice to maintain the heat connected between two lovers.

TIP BOX

The Art of Deep Connection Retreat Activity: CONNECTION

Heart to heart connection exercise to ‘sacred prefect’ by nina lee

Tip Box: Play a song and have your couples just stare into each other’s eyes for the duration of the song without saying a word (song pairing: Nina Lee’s ‘lover’s lullaby’


+Mother Fear: Releasing to the Fire Create a space for a new mother to be able to write down any fears she has about being a new mama or how having a baby will affect her initimate relationship with her partner and release them into the fire. This practice can be good to do every new moon as Mother’s Earth’s energy is on the wane and ready to contain our energetic intentions.

Retreat Activity: RELEASE FEAR

Release of fears into the fire! ‘grandmother’ song pairing by nina lee

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women with her energy, touch and spiritual intentions ~Anni Daulter


Ceremony: Heat Heals *HOT STONE ABDOMINAL MASSAGE *MIGHTY MOXA

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Hot Stone Abdominal Press ~ Valerie Lynn

A traditional hot stone abdominal press technique used to compliment any form of massage with the use of heated river stone or cast-iron press used as a heated compress. Before putting on a belly wrap, mamas get a hot stone pressed to her abdomen and body. A river stone or cast iron press roughly 3lbs in weight is heated over a low flame for 20 minutes; (the iron press is heated for 5-10 minutes). It is then wrapped in many layers of cloth interspersed with pieces of leaves that have healing properties such as turmeric, ginger or lemongrass. This practice infuses deep heat over the entire body, but (except the head and genital area) but focuses on the abdomen and torso area. The effects of the deep heat on the abdominal area are the following: It promotes faster shrinking of the womb. Flattens the tummy. Expels trapped air. Helps with digestion and constipation. Breaks up residual blood clots allowing for the lochia to flow more easily speeding the healing process. The effects on the body are relieves tense muscles, begins to breakdown stubborn pregnancy body fat and overall circulation.

Retreat Activity: PRESS PRACTICE

+ Hot Stone Ball Making + Partner Practice


Sacred After Birth Bundle Recipe by Valerie Lynn

glass, air tight container and stored where it

4 feet x 4 feet and fold in half.

grounding the following spices together of

Prepare the following spice mixture by

won’t be exposed to direct sunlight, away from

Note: Pre-wash cloth so color does not run on

equal portions.

moisture. It is recommended to keep a rub for

the skin.

Black Pepper

a maximum shelf life of two weeks, stored

Sprinkle the spice mixture in the middle of

Cardamom

in the freezer (opposed to the refrigerator as

the fabric.

Cumin

it has a slight humid atmosphere that could

Take the heated stone or iron, carefully using

Ginger

alter the aroma of the mixture) for maximum

any safe instrument and place it in the middle

Nutmeg

effectiveness.

of the spice mixture.

Turmeric

Heat a large, oval river stone or iron cast press

Hold up each corner of the fabric and twist the

Aniseed

over a medium flame

fabric above the stone, or press, then secure

These spices are a mix of healing properties

Stone: 20 minutes

with a strong rubber band or piece of string.

known to stimulate circulation, aid in digestion

Iron press: 5-10 min

Note: This must be tied tightly to prevent spice

and in drawing out the gasses that are

Note: The stone or iron press will be extremely

mixture from leaking out.

trapped in the abdominal area mixed with an

hot and can easily burn yourself or your

If stone or press is too hot to be placed on the

aromatherapy effect.

mama. Handle very carefully.

skin wrap excess fabric over the stone and

The Birth Bundle should be placed in a dark

Lay out a dark fabric with medium thickness:

don’t yet use directly on the skin.

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Retreat Activity: +Moxa Demonstration

Mighty Moxa

~Myrriah Riambault

Moxabustion is an external heat therapy that is applied on or over an acu-moxa point or an affected site. It is made from the herb Mugwort. Moxabustion, also called moxa, assists with postpartum healing by warming the abdomen, stops pain, moves Qi, circulates the blood, safeguards health, facilitates a speedy recovery and energizes the mama. Another name for postpartum moxa healing is “Mother Roasting.� Moxa is a useful treatment given between day five and ten post-birth. It should not be used if the woman presents with signs of heat. For example, a high temperature, night sweats, inflamed cesarean scar or infection.

WHERE TO BUY MOXABUSTION SUPPLIES: http://www.lhasaoms.com Smokeless Moxa Sticks- Hoist Smokeless Moxa Rolls Hospital safe Moxa sprays- OS Moxa Spray or Moxa Essence Plus Spray Loose Moxa for the Umbilicus- Gold Moxa is the highest quality


THERE ARE A FEW WAYS TO USE MOXA FOR MOTHER WARMING: Smokeless Moxa Sticks are used to warm the lower abdomen and low back. To prepare for the treatment, hold the moxa stick over a flame until it is glowing red like a coal. When it is lit and ready to be used then you may begin. With the mother lying on her back, pass the lit moxa stick close to the skin (be very careful not to touch the skin) from the top of the pubic bone to the umbilicus area. Warm this area for about 10 minutes by slowly moving the stick up and down. With the mother lying on her stomach or side, pass the lit moxa stick from the bottom of the sacrum to the middle of the back for another 5- 10 minutes. Umbilicus moxa is a wonderful way to warm the mother deeply. To prepare for the treatment, have your supplies set up and ready to be used. You will need loose moxa, a lighter, natural sea salt, a hemostat, a small bowl of water and a hand towel. With the mother lying on her back, pour the sea salt into her umbilicus. The salt needs to be in a mound with a flattened top that is about ¾ inch above the skin and about 1 ½ inches in diameter. You will create a medium sized cone with the loose moxa and place it on top of the salt mound. Light the moxa cone and allow it to burn ¾ of the way down. Use the hemostats to put the moxa cone into the bowl of water. It is best to burn 5- 10 moxa cones on the umbilicus during the treatment. The mother sounds feel warmth. If it feels hot to her, add more salt to the mound. After the treatment, have the mother use the hand towel to remove the salt from her umbilicus. Hospital safe moxa spray is a great way to work within the hospital safety guidelines. To use the moxa spray, apply 2- 3 sprays to the lower abdomen and gently rub in. Then apply a heating pack to the area for 20 minutes.

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Healing: V-Steams *HEALING : V-STEAMS * ESSENTIAL HERBS

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Healing: Yoni V-Steams

Retreat Activity: Activity+Experience V-Steam Magic

by Valerie Lynn

The concept of combining herbs and steam for medicinal use can be traced back centuries ago to eastern cultures in Africa and Asia. In Malaysia a v-steam is an important component of the postnatal body treatment and given before the oil massage as the steam heats a mama’s body both internally and externally, softening her body and opening her pores for the massage to be even more effective. V-steams bring heat to the womb. The use of specific herbs work in combination to nourish, tone, heal, bring in fresh oxygenated blood, promote cleansing, and shrink the swollen vaginal and uterine tissues after pregnancy and childbirth. The moist heat opens the pores of the tissues it comes into contact with. The water vapor carries the medicinal benefits of the plants, including volatile oils. This is absorbed into the tissues and enters the bloodstream, having a direct healing affect on the reproductive system. Vaginal tissue is one of the most absorbent of the entire female body. V-steams can be dry or wet. A mama sits over a specially designed sauna and either dry herbs are added to hot stones causing ‘smoke’ to rise into the perineum area or herbs are added to water that causes wet steam to rise. A postnatal v-steam, as part of the postnatal treatment, is 20-30 minutes.

NOTE: DO NOT USE ESSENTIAL OILS IN THE V-STEAM BECAUSE THEY MAY BURN THE DELICATE TISSUES OF THE PERINEUM AREA.


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Benefits of a V-Steam after Childbirth *Helps softens and melts blood clots in the lochia for easy passing. *Reduces uterus swelling. *Reduces excessive vaginal discharge. *Eliminates foul odor. *Enhances the healing of tears and cuts in the vaginal area. *Helps tighten the pelvic floor muscles. *Reduces the possibility of vaginal infection and itchiness. *Helps cleanse and deodorize vaginal area.


Sacred Herbs for Postpartum V-Steams by valerie lynn

PREPARATION 1. This needs to be prepared before your client arrives. 2. Fill the rice cooker 2/3 of the way full, close the cover and turn it on. 3. When it is boiling 1-2 cups of the dried herb mixture into the rice cooker water and let boil for 10 minutes, then turn off and let mixture steep for 10. 4. Place rice cooker into the yoni sauna. 5. Switch the rice cooker to “keep warm” just before your client sit down. 6. Ask your client to sit on the sauna to being the steaming of the yoni area for 15-20 minutes. 7. Wrap a large cloth or two blankets/sheets one for the bottom half of the body an2 d one for the top around the shoulders, around the mama from the waist down over the yoni sauna to hold in the heat. Each mama’s tolerance to heat will be different. Instruct your client if she feels the steam is too hot, un-wrap the blanket and let out steam until the level of heat is comfortable and then re-wrap herself. She can do this as many times as she likes. 8. Throw the solution away. Optional: As the water cools strain the solution into a large bowl place over a toilet and ask the client to soak the perineum area for a few minutes and to wash the vagina area.

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SUPPLIES NEEDED: Yoni Sauna – 1 Small rice cooker – 1 Water

The essential herbs used in after birth v-steams are a blend of herbs that have anti-septic, antiinflammatory, and circulation properties combined with herbs known for feminine health!

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NOTES: Do not use essential oils in the V-steam because they may burn the delicate tissues of the perineum area. Have mama wear disposable underwear as normally she is still dispelling locia. Ask mama to do light kegel exercises while steaming to begin strengthening of the pelvic floor along with deep bath-rooming squats at home. Due to the blood being stimulated the mama’s face will become red and she will sweat. Make sure there is a cup of water or herbal tea for her to drink. You can also provide your client with a hot herbal foot bath or give her a shoulder/neck massage. Set up in a safe secure location so if there are any spills there is no damage to carpet or wood flooring. CAUTION: DO NOT STEAM THE PERINEUM AREA IF: There are open wounds, such as a tear, or stitches as this could cause pain and swelling. There is the existence of a uterine infection, vaginal sores or blisters.


Suggested Herbs

BASIL : increases blood circulation, anti-biotic properties, relieves headaches ROSEMARY : increases blood circulation to the reproductive organs, antiseptic LAVENDER : nourishes and relaxes the nervous system. It is serves as an antispasmodic and antiseptic to the perineum tissues. OREGANO: used for its

antiseptic, stimulating and strengthening qualities MUGWORT : traditional Korean/Chinese herb used for blood circulation. ROSE PETALS : are a gentle astringent to the tissue of the perineum area an and has an uplifting fragrance RASPBERRY LEAF : uterine tonic, nutrient dense, cooling, anti-spasmodic, re-

laxant, nurturing and protective YARROW HERB : a uterine tonic, pelvic circulatory, anti spasmodic. MARIGOLD PETALS : used as a uterine and hormonal tonic. **Mixed together equal parts of 4-5 of the following dry herbs:

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Retreat Activity:

Going to the Bowl

going to the bowl

Going to the Bowl is a Sacred Practice we do in all Sacred Sister programs, its where we bring our purest intentions and envision our futures...We CRY, We LAUGH, We POUR...I have seen so many things go into the Sacred Bowl: Sacred blessed oils from India, Raw Sandalwood powder, crystals, MONEY, goddess charms, CHOCOLATE, sticky gooey honey, a strand of hair, woman's blood, TEARS, breastmilk, juicy pomegranates, limes, oranges, TURMERIC, sand from the earth, a MOUNTAIN of lavender, rose water from a temple, waters from the LOUVRE, rain water, soil from grandmother's generational garden, sacred beads, coffee beans, flowers from lands we were sitting upon, rose powder, marigolds and more than all oft his... EVERY WOMAN has always put in her LOVE...Go into the world and do this work with love ladies...May your journey be blessed and may you always be a PROUD MOTHER ROASTER....

~Anni

Image Credit: Melissa Thompson


REFLECTIONS FROM SISTER : ERIKA BOCIAN My tribe had come to the bowl at a grassy clearing next to the gorgeous Delaware River on a brilliant spring afternoon. I remember looking intently at each woman seated at our sacred circle, trying hard to etch this memory. I thought about how much I loved my circle sisters, how much they have come to mean to me, and just how much I am going to miss them. Going to the bowl was one of the last group activities we did at the Catskills Sacred Pregnancy Retreat. We came to the retreat as strangers, each answering a deep call to be there, to join a movement that will bring a much needed change to pregnancy and birth. Quickly and very organically we created a safe and beautiful environment in which we were able to face and release profound hurts and fears, release them and replace them with pure love. Our days and nights were filled with belly laughter, tears, dancing, hugs, and raw emotions. Back at the grassy clearing next to the river, I was feeling immense gratitude for this life changing experience and for each of these wonderful women that I now truly loved. I was the second one to receive the bright red bowl. I placed pieces of fresh lavender from my home garden and a fourleaved clover I have found, I spoke out my good intentions and dug my hands into the salt that was still very fine and brilliantly white. The bowl circled around, wonderful intentions were released into the universe, and more elements were added to our communal bowl: fragrant oils, herbs, honey from backyard bee boxes, sea sands, and coffee beans. Each woman dug her hands into the bowl mixing the salts, changing their consistency and texture much like she has changed the dynamics of our tribe to create a beautiful, earthy, aromatic mixture. Together we all dug our hands in the salts one last time and released our collective intentions and love out to the universe. Then… seemingly all of the sudden, our time together ended and I found myself at home, alone, away from my sisters, reflecting back on the profound experiences I had in those woods and how much my life has changed in this short time. Intuitively I picked up my amber jar and took a long whiff of the earthy sweet salts I gathered from the bowl. Just like the smell of baking bread can take an adult back to a childhood afternoon spent at their grandma’s kitchen, I felt that I was again at that grassy clearing by the river among my tribe sisters. These salts are magical. They represent in the most luscious and aromatic way all the good work we’ve done together, all the meaningful moments, all the love and deep connections we had for one another. Our tribe keeps in close contact with one another. Whenever one of us needs her cup filled, we set a time to bathe in our salts, sending our sister our deepest love. I know that my circle sisters will honor me the same way when I start birthing my baby in just a few weeks. I can almost feel the love showering down on me, guiding me and supporting me each careful step I take through this journey.

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Go into the world and hold these women close ladies...be the HEART, be the SOUL...be the WARMTH that they need. Welcome them into the circle of mothers and know that you are privileged to be witnessing them and most importantly, be good to YOU! Its a hard long journey of service, but every moment is sure to be worth it! Be a PROUD MOTHER ROASTER!!!

Mother Roasters, may intuition, compassion and gentleness reside in you and resonate freely out into the fortunate women in your POWER-FUL hands, may you realise your true power and ability to create change in this world. This work you are doing, I believe is the most important work in history! You my Sister are the KEY to creating peaceful and happy mothers, you are helping to shape our future generation, because when we have HAPPY, supported, and nourished mothers, we have a happy society! No go with reverence and make this world a peaceful place With Love and Laughter and Lightness

Hayley xx

In sisterhood~

Anni

MAY THE FIRES DRIVE YOUR PASSION MAY THE WATERS OF LIFE FLOW THROUGH YOU MAY THE EARTH KEEP YOU GROUNDED IN KNOWLEDGE MAY THE WINDS CARRY YOU ON YOUR JOURNEY MAY THE SPIRIT GUIDE YOU IN ALL OF YOUR WORK PEACE & BLESSINGS,

Bridget Di Luzio

When you get to the end of all the light you know and it’s time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.” Edward Teller Several times throughout my life I have prayed for a sign, for something to assure me I was on the right path. Over and over, the Monarch Butterfly has appeared, giving me the courage and strength to live my truth and fly into the unknown...The Monarch butterfly, a tiny, beautiful creature symbolizes courage, hope, determination and commitment. As we journey on this path as Mother Roasters we seek answers and look for signs and symbols that speak to us and give us guidance, truth and strength. Spread your wings again and again... Listen. Learn. Love. Fly into the un-kown with the courage of the Monarch Butterfly. Welcome to the journey...Love, Light + Blessings

Maggie Bijl


BLESSING FOR MOTHER ROASTERS BLESS THIS WOMEN CARETAKER OF NEW MOTHERS. BLESS HER FEMININE SPIRIT MAY IT BE PATIENT AND STRONG. BLESS HER HANDS TO MIX REMEDIES THAT HEAL. BLESS HER VOICE TO CONVEY BOTH STRENGTH AND TENDERNESS. BLESS HER TEARS AS MANY WILL BE SHED FOR ANOTHER. BLESS HER INTUITION TO KNOW WHEN COMFORT IS NEEDED. BLESS THIS MOTHER ROASTER, PROTECTOR OF THE ART OF SACRED POSTPARTUM, AND ITS TRADITIONS.

Aristotle rightly said of midwives that they should “have a lady’s hands, a hawk’s eyes and a lion’s heart”. Of Mother Roasters, I say that we call upon the Earth, Air, Wind & Sea to strengthen in you what you already have: the wise fortitude of a mother, the knowing sensitivity of a sister and the deep love of a best friend. Your work in the world is precious and priceless, and my wish for you is that each act of love and warmth you perform for each mama you serve returns to your life threefold at least.

In sisterhood + endless love

~Kristen Eileen

LOVE

~Valerie Lynn

Welcome brave souls to the tribe of Mother Roasters, we welcome you to the Art of Sacred Postpartum. In humility may you hold reverent attention to those you serve, and allow your living art to transform those women whose lives you touch. It is our calling to take age old wisdom and and rework it for modern times, recognizing that this indigenous knowledge is so POWER-FULL and our sisters need us to witness and validate the passage of becoming mothers. In Lak’esh~

Tnah louise

As a midwife, I am a gatekeeper. I stand at the doorway between lovers and parents, between then yetunborn baby and a newborn, between love and life. I’m a safekeeper and help to shepherd parents through the pregnancy and birth journey. I walk next to them. After they step through that threshold they need someone that can help warm and nourish them, to help them seal up their open hearts and souls and blissfully slip into the parenting journey with a full cup. You are the guardians of their new journey. A missing link from modern maternity care and a reason, I strongly believe, that so many families are suffering and struggling. Know that I’m holding space for you and your work and you begin to help nourish mothers and therefore, help heal the world. Warmly~

Nicole

The tree planted in solid fertile ground, is one that bears the juiciest fruit and is resilient through stormy seasons and times of deficiency or drought. May the richness of this wisdom and knowledge equip you to heal and restore mothers and families as they welcome new life to this world. May your work with new mothers be a channel of healing to our mother earth and may it usher in a transformation to postpartum practices far and wide. May this program be a conduit of the energy, devotion, and love with which it was developed, imparting a strong foundation to families from which to thrive and grow. Love eternal

Brandy

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As you stand in the presence of the power-FULL women who have made the passage into motherhood, Never forget the importance of the sacred path on which you are about to embark. May your spirit be nourished, as you nurture the hearts, bodies, and minds of new mothers. May your feet be rooted in Mother Earth, as you support the deeply rooted connection between mothers and their children. May you always remember the support held for you in this sacred sisterhood, so that your own energetic field will always be replenished and your heart overflowing. Sacred Mother Roaster, carry forth the indigenous traditions and soul-FULL knowing that have honored women over time. Now is the time to remember. And I pray that we shall never again forget. Blessed be, and blessed do.

~ Kristin Maresca


Feel with your soul. Listen to your heart. Let your sacred hands do the good work. Thank you deeply for answering your call.

Xoxo ~ Nina Lee

May you shine bright in your authentic light, May your journey deepen your value, growth and heart connection with yourself and all whom you work with. Know your inner wisdom is abundant, radiant and infinite. Many Blessings on your journey

~ Mary Luz Oscategui

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Contents

* PLACENTA FORMS *POSTPARTUM MENU *HERB REFERENCE *BABY BLUES “SIGNS”


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Herb Reference

by Amanda Johnson BURDOCK ROOT ( Arctium lappa) Blood purifier. Useful for any systemic rash conditions, such as psoriasis. Antiseptic. Useful for bites, stings, animal bites and boils. For rashes, use internally and externally. Internally, burdock is also useful for arthritic conditions, rheumatism, and many types of infections. It is the primary ingredient in ESSIAC TEA, a Native American cancer formula. Burdock is a plentiful “weed� in our area that we can harvest. BLACK WALNUT HULLS - (Juglans nigra ) Antifungal. Use for athletes foot and other fungal infections, parasites, abscesses, and boils. CALENDULA ( Calendula officinalis ) This species of marigold is often cultivated in gardens. Calendula helps to soothe inflamed tissues, reduce pain and aids in quick healing of cuts and abrasions. CHAPARRAL ( Larrea divaricata ) Antibiotic and antiseptic. Useful against bacteria, viruses, parasites, and warts. Relieves itching of eczema, scabies and dandruff. Native Americans used chaparral to treat cancer.


CHICKWEED ( Stellaria media ) Cooling, antiseptic herb used to treat inflammations, relieve itching, blisters, boils, and abscesses. Fresh plant is edible in salads or as a cooked green. You can find chickweed growing in your lawn, garden, or meadows. COMFREY ROOT & LEAF ( Symphytum officinale ) Prolific plant that is valuable in the treatment of all types of skin, bone, and muscle injuries. Comfrey helps wounds to heal quickly. Use for burns, blisters, broken bones, and inflammations. Used both internally and externally. Comfrey has a soothing effect on any organ it comes in contact with. Also used for respiratory and digestive system disorders.

ECHINACEA ( Echinacea purpurea or E. angustifolia ) This herb is the most widely consumed herb in the world today. It is used internally to activate the immune system when fighting colds and flu, or almost any type of infection. Lesser known is the fact that Echinacea is beneficial for many topical applications. Echinacea can be used to treat infected wounds, psoriasis, and eczema. Echinacea stimulates the body’s defenses at the sight of the wound and aids in the development of healthy tissue. Also used as a wash to remove poison ivy oils from the skin. I prefer to use an alcohol based Echinacea tincture if I need to remove poison ivy oils from my skin. The root is the most powerful part of the plant. If you want to purchase Echinacea for immune stimulation, avoid products that don’t contain any root, or ones that do not list the Echinacea species on the label. Two species, Echinacea purpurea and Echinacea angustifolia, are commonly used. Both species are powerful, but it is best to choose E. purpurea because it is the most abundant species. E. angustifolia is becoming rare in the wild. Many people cultivate Echinacea in their gardens, commonly known as Purple Coneflower. To avoid further depletion of wild Echinacea plants, try to buy only cultivated plants or grow your own.

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GOLDENSEAL ( Hydrastis canadensis ) Antiseptic and astringent. Used for cuts, wounds, infections, bites, and stings. Goldenseal is also widely used internally for the treatment of sinus infections and other inflammations of the mucus membranes, including the stomach and intestinal tract. The medicinal part of the plant is the root. Ohio used to be the most abundant habitat for goldenseal but over-harvesting has depleted the wild populations. Goldenseal is now scarce and should not be harvested from the wild. Try to buy goldenseal roots that are cultivated or grow your own if you have a rich woods. MYRRH ( Commiphora myrrha ) Antiseptic and astringent. Very effective antiseptic used in salves. Combined with goldenseal, myrrh is good for wounds, bedsores, abscesses, and hemorrhoids. Internally, myrrh is used to treat fungal infections, congestion, ulcers, and as a wash for sore gums. PLANTAIN ( Plantago spp.) Astringent, antiseptic, and emollient. Plantain helps to relieve pain of insect bites and is a wonderful remedy for cuts, and skin infections. For a quick relief, pick a leaf, chew it and apply it to the insect bite or sting. Plantain is the source of psyllium seeds, a bulk laxative found in many over - the - counter products. Plantain can be found in lawns, meadows, and open woods. Plantain is abundant and can be harvested from the wild.

ST. JOHN’S WORT ( Hypericum perforatum ) The salve is good for burns, wounds, bruises, sores, insect bites, fungal infections such as eczema, and itching. This is my favorite herb to use in salves! St. John’s Wort is used internally for the treatment of depression and is currently being researched for possible use in the treatment of AIDS. St. John’s Wort can be harvested from the wild if you find large patches of it. I harvest a portion of the flower head and leave a portion on the plant to produce seed. If you pick one of the yellow flowers and rub it between your fingers it will stain your fingers red! Animals develop photosensitivity when they consume St. John’s Wort and there is some evidence that humans consuming large amounts of the herb may develop photosensitivity. When using a St. John’s Wort Salve it is best not to use it before long periods of sun exposure. Essential Oils Essential oils are steam distilled concentrates of the natural oils present in plants, flowers, roots, and trees. They are 100 % pure and must be carefully used by the drop. CAMPHOR (Cinnamomum camphora) Used as a congestion clearing inhalant and muscle liniment. EUCALYPTUS ( Eucalyptus globulus) Used for rubbing on sore muscles, as an inhalant, and chest rub for colds. Decongestant, antibiotic, antiseptic and antiviral. Used as a topical antiseptic on sores and fungal infections such as ring worm. TEA TREE OIL ( melaleuca alternifolia) Very effective fungicide, antibacterial and antiseptic.


Michael Tierra, calls Tea Tree Oil, “the first aid kit in a bottle.” Use for cuts, pimples, boils, cold sores, burns, stings, ticks, athlete’s foot and other fungal infections. WINTERGREEN OIL ( Gualtheria promcumbens)

Use as a salve to rub on sore joints and muscles. Harmful or fatal if taken internally. MISCELLANEOUS INGREDIENTS BEESWAX A naturally occurring wax produced by bees. Beeswax is used in your salve to solidify the oil. Softens and protects skin. VITAMIN E Vitamin E also has the ability to preserve fats and aid in the healing of wounds. OILS - For salve, olive oil is the preferred choice of oil because it is less likely to become rancid. It is better to choose cold pressed oils because they retain some of the nutrients and enzymes. If you plan to make a salve to use specifically on your face, then a light oil is best. Apricot kernel and grape seed oils are very light. References: www.paganspace.net, www.wildroots.com

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Benefits of the Placenta Benefits of the Placenta

Consuming your placenta postpartum has abounding benefits for the postpartum woman. Some of the amazing things that it can help with are:

 Lessening the risk of postpartum hemmorhage and lessening the lochia phase  Providing the hormones human placental lactogen and prolactin to assist with your milk coming in sooner and maintaining a healthy supply throughout your nusring relationship  Replenishing iron lost from birth and preventing post-birth anemia. Low iron levels can lead to depressive symptoms in a new mother  Balancing out your hormone levels until the body is able to regulate on its own  Providing natural pain relief from the labor and birthing process  The placenta helps your uterus return to pre-pregnancy size  Lending you a consistant flow of oxytocin (the bonding and euphoric hormone)  Replenishing your B-Vitamins and offering your body protein for energy  Protection from infection due to retained placenta or bacteria in the uterus Your placenta is perfectly made for you, by you! It is an amazing organ created to nourish baby in the womb and then the mother postpartum.


Post-Retreat Certification

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Post-Retreat Certification

Once you have completed the initial Placenta Prana training at The Art of Sacred Postpartum you will be eligible for a post-retreat certification program. This program will pick up where your training left off, offering more in depth information, skills and knowledge. The training will be done online, via Full Circle Placenta’s E-Learning portal located at www.placentaencapsulationtraining.com. You will be receiving a discounted price on the full training and will still maintain the regular certification perks such as unlimited support, access to the private Facebook group, wholesale purchase options, directory listing for your business, webinars, continuing education and more! You will have 12 weeks post retreat to complete your certification training. Once you have gone through your E-Learning course, you will need to complete the following requirements to obtain certification. You are allotted 9 months in which to do so: 

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Take (2) online courses. Both take about an hour. -Blood Born Pathogens Course through Biologix Solutions ($20.00) -State food safety and handling course ($10-15.00) Complete (3) placenta encapsulations and turn in client intake form for certification. Read through ALL enclosed research documents and answer research paper questions. Write a (1) page paper on what placenta encapsulation means to you, and why you chose to become certified. Complete Provider listing on the website. Join private Facebook group for FCP specialists.

The chose for the post-retreat certification is $135.00 USD. This includes your entire certification including materials and continuing access. To register for your certification or to ask questions, please e-mail directly at: fullcircleencapsulation@gmail.com OR call: (407) 430-9304

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Client Prenatal Intake Form

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Client Prenatal Intake Form

Mother’s Name:______________________ Infant’s Name:_____________________________ Care Provider:_________________________________________________________________________ Planned Location of Birth:______________________________ Pick-Up at Location? Yes No Client Informed CP Regarding Consumption? Yes No Was CP Supportive? Yes No DOB for Placenta:________________ Age of Placenta:_______________________________________ Length of Labor:________________________________________________________________________ Length of Third Stage of Labor:_________________________ Actual Time of Birth:_________________ Method of Placenta Delivery: Spontaneous Traction Extraction ______________________________ Was the placenta whole? Yes No Did the umbilical remain intact? Yes No Prenatal Health History:_________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ Where pharmaceuticals, herbals or other remedies used to slow postpartum bleeding? Yes No If yes, what method and list medications:___________________________________________________ Amount:________ How often administered?_____________ Means of being administered:__________ Amount of blood loss?__________________________ 1 Hour Post Birth:_________________________ How did Client hear about placenta services? Google Search Care Provider Referral Hand out/Flyer FCP Provider Listing Client Referral _________________________ Other ______________________________________________________________________________ Records of STD Blood Panel? Yes No Circle One:

Prenatal

Faxed/Emailed

Time of Birth

Preparation: In Clients Home In Specialists Home Did Mother Consume the Placenta?  Yes No How long After Birth?__________________________ Raw Smoothie Capsules Tincture  Infusion Homeopathic Cooked Weight of Placenta Prior to Steaming:_______________ After Steaming:__________________________ Weight of Raw Placenta:_______________ Weigh of Amnion and Chorion:________________________ Weight of Dehydrated Strips:___________________ Weight of Ground Powder:_________________ Herbs Added? Yes No Weight of Herbs:_________ Capsule Amount:__________ Size:__________ Excess Notes:__________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________


Client Prenatal Intake Form

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Risks Packet? Yes No

Brochure of Services? Yes No

Method of Payment: Cash Check ______ Credit/Debit Card PayPal Full Cost of Services: $_____________ Deposit Amount: $_____________ Balance $____________ Receipt Given? Yes No (Please attach copy) Liability Waiver Complete? Yes No (Please attach copy) Client Contact Information: Phone: _____________________ Home Cell Work Alternate Contact Person: _____________________ Phone: ______________ Relationship:___________ Client Home Address: _______________________________ City_________________ State___ Zip_____

X Placenta Specialist

X Client

Date of Contract: Please note: Visual abnormalities of the placenta may be cause for further examination in pathology which may render the placenta unsafe for consumption. If you feel that there may be a need for this, please let your placenta specialist know.

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Menu of Placenta Services

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Menu of Placenta Services

Raw Method Placenta Capsules: $175.00-$185.00

The RAW method of preparation skips the heating and herbal process altogether. The placenta is still sliced, dehydrated and ground into a powder for the capsules. Raw food activists believe that steaming the placenta destroys some of the essential nutrients. Using this option provides a burst of energy upfront and great hormone stabilization. This service includes prenatal meet & greet, coming to your house, encapsulation, cord keepsake, informational packet and a postpartum follow-up.

Heated Placenta Capsules: $210.00

Inspired by the Traditional Chinese Medicine method of preparation, this option involves cleaning the placenta, gently heating the placenta with fresh ginger and then dehydrating the placenta before it is put into capsules. Using this preparation is thought to bring out the placentas healing and tonifying properties as well as warming and healing the uterus 

Specialized Herbal Placenta Capsules: $250.00-$275.00

Still utilizing the Traditional Chinese Medicine method of preparation, your placenta is encapsulated using personalized, prescribed Chinese herbs. This package offers a 10 minute phone consultation with our local Chinese herbalist where she assesses not only your physical needs, but also your emotional well-being post-birth. She will create a prescription of Chinese herbs tailored just for you. These herbs, either raw or powdered, would then be encapsulated with a portion of your placenta. Choosing this package not only ensures that you reap the benefits of your placenta, but also the healing and wellness provided by the Chinese herbs that are added. *Herbs used will vary from client to client. Please allow an additional 24 hours for preparation.* This service includes a prenatal meet & greet, picking up your placenta, encapsulation, cord keepsake, informational packet, delivery of placenta capsules and a postpartum follow-up. 

Postpartum Herbal Capsules: $50.00

In a situation where your placenta is no longer viable or available for consumption, you can still receive herbal capsules to help with the fourth trimester. These herbs would be tailored to your needs both mentally and physically. You have the choice of traditional or Chinese herbs.


Menu of Placenta Services

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Placenta Tincture: $35.00 (4oz), $45.00 (6oz)

Putting part of your placenta in tincture form is another way to stretch out its longevity. A small portion of placenta is added to >100 proof alcohol and set to ferment for 6 weeks. Some of the benefits include hormone stabilization in your postpartum cycles, less bleeding during those cycles, energy and for menopause years down the road. The female child can also benefit from placental tincture once she begins her menstruation cycles. 

Placental Salve/Balm: $40.00

A salve or balm made of your placenta and a variety of healing herbs and oils offers healing properties to C-section scars once they are healed, hemorrhoids, perennial tearing, cracked or blistered nipples, eczema, sun burn, diaper rash (can be made cloth diaper safe!), skin irritation and more. You have the option to choose which herbs are added to your salve such as lavender, chamomile or vanilla. 

Placenta Print: Free with any other placenta preparation. Ala carte: $10.00 plus delivery.

Your beautiful placenta is painted with blood or with colored juices to make a forever lasting imprint of your placenta. Each placenta is as unique as a finger print. 

Cord Keepsake: Free with any other placenta preparation. Ala carte: $10.00 plus delivery.

Your umbilical cord is then removed and dried into whatever shape you desire. Not for use as a teething ring. 

Umbilical Dream Catcher: $15.00

You have the option of paying $10.00 more and having your dried umbilical cord made into a dream catcher for your baby. This can be placed above baby's crib or your bed to scare away bad dreams and to protect your baby from negative energy.

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Waiver of Liability for Placenta Preparation

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Waiver of Liability for Placenta Preparation

I, ____________________________ (Client’s Name) understand and acknowledge that in accordance t my state laws and bylaws, choosing to encapsulate my placenta is not intended to prevent or treat any physical or mental diseases, ailments or symptoms and that I am choosing to consume my placenta for my own personal beliefs, whether it be spiritual or cultural. I acknowledge that my placenta specialist has provided me with concrete information about both the benefits and risks of placenta encapsulation, and have read all included documents. I understand that my placenta has been handled and encapsulated according to OSHA and State Food Safety and Handling standards, and has been cleaned, cooked, dehydrated and put into pill form in a sanitary and sterile work space. Upon receiving my placenta capsules from my placenta specialist, I waive any and all rights to hold the specialist responsible for any undesired effect of consuming the capsules. This may include an oversupply in milk, hormonal shift, anxiety or sleeplessness. These side effects are rare, but have been reported. I agree to contact my placenta specialist immediately if and when I experience any of these side effects. My specialist agrees to complete (2) postpartum follow-up visits up until (6) weeks postpartum. I do not hold my placenta specialist responsible or liable for any transport mishap that is beyond their control (ex. car accident or detainment), and understand that I am choosing to have the specialist encapsulate my placenta: In my own home

In specialists home

If my placenta is not encapsulated in my own home, I put full trust and acknowledgement that it is being handled in a sanitary and safe environment. I put trust and faith that my placenta specialist has been training correctly to prepare placenta remedies. I have provided my placenta specialist with recent blood documentation stating that I have been tested for STD’s and the results were negative. If my blood results indicate hepatitis, HIV/AIDS or Herpes virus, I understand that I will allow my placenta specialist to prepare in my home, using some of my own supplies. Universal precautions for sanitizing are the same with each client. I understand and trust that my placenta specialist retains blood work records for each client and that I am protected. I understand that upon receiving the pills, my placenta specialist is no longer liable, including but not limited to any other person(s) ingesting my own placenta capsules.

_______________________________ Print Client Name _______________________________ Client Signature

_____________________________________ Placenta Specialist ________________ Date


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Signs and Symptoms of the Baby Blues by Dr. Alyssa Berlin

If you just had a baby and find yourself feeling down, seemingly crying for no obvious reason or not quite yourself you are in good company. Approximately 85% of women will experience some signs of the baby blues within the first couple of weeks of a baby’s life. The blues usually start within the first 2-3 days following your baby’s birth and can last for a couple of weeks. Although it is normal and majority of women experience the blues, it is often confusing and unexpected for new moms. After all, the expectation is that “I should be happy, I just had a baby.” Yes, having a baby is a joyous moment but it is also a magnanimous moment in a new family’s life and requires an emotional and physical adjustment. Give yourself the time to adjust to your new role and your new bundle. The blues have been related to hormonal fluctuations that happen after the birth. As such, in many cases symptoms will resolve on their own as mom’s hormonal levels return to their original pre-pregnancy levels. SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF THE BABY BLUES INCLUDE: •

Feeling down

Irritable

Tearful

Just not quite yourself

mood fluctuations

difficulty concentrating

fatigue

anxiety


THINGS YOU CAN DO AT HOME TO MINIMIZE THE BABY BLUES: 1. Talking to your partner, family and/or friends about your experiences can minimize your stress. Talking is very helpful in helping new moms feel connected and minimize feelings of isolation and loneliness that often set in after having a baby. 2. Rest. Notice I didn’t say sleep. For some women the expectation that they sleep when the baby sleeps can feel overwhelming, especially if they are not accustomed to daytime naps. When baby is napping take the opportunity to shut out the outside world (this means no phone) and relax your mind and body. If you fall asleep – it’s a bonus. 3. Relaxation and meditation are wonderful tools to help re-center yourself after giving birth. If you have an old meditation practice this is a good time to resume it and if you don’t have a relaxation regimen this is a wonderful time to start one. Nothing fancy required: take a few minutes to listen to a tape, do some yoga or just slow down and concentrate on your breath. 4. There is something magical about touch. It is a powerful and healing tool. At our core we are social beings and touch really helps to unite a couple and help mom feel connected to her partner. A couple of minutes of massage from your partner each day can do wonders for minimizing the blues. Your partner not the touchy feely type? No worries, there are great places where you can get a massage and often times find places that will make house calls for new moms. 5. Anything that you can do to take care of your physical self will help to enhance your mood. This includes taking showers, eating healthy, nourishing meals and exercising as soon as you get the OK from your doctor or midwife. 6. Accept help. Tap into your village of helpers in your area and allow others to help you with anything from taking care of the baby, to cleaning the house to pitching in with food shopping and cooking. Anything that you can do to minimize daily activities and reduce feeling overwhelmed will directly impact your mood and state of mind. It is important to recognize that sometimes these efforts are not sufficient and in some cases the blues can progress into symptoms of or a full blown postpartum depression. You are not alone. If you have any questions or concerns about how you are feeling, it is important to reach out to a competent therapist who is experienced with helping women at this phase of life. Know that there is nothing that you did wrong or did to cause the way that you are feeling. As such, you can’t will away these symptoms alone. The sooner you address the symptoms the faster they may remit and you can return to enjoying your new family.

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