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Happy birthday to us!

One year ago today Hello, Baby! was born.  We had passion, dreams, goals, and the support of our community and we couldn't wait to start.  Today, on our first birthday, we are taking a moment to look back and to look ahead.  We have come so far and are no where near done building an amazing business ready to support you from bump to baby!

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Looking back...

It has been one heck of a year learning and growing alongside so many beautiful families in our community.  We have rolled out new Childbirth Education Classes, placenta encapsulation services, attended births, supported postpartum recovery, launched a Wellness Collection, collaborated on community support groups and so much more! One of the most incredible things that happened this year was watching our very own Steph Hayes (and her family) move through the journey of surrogacy and to support her through her labour and the birth of Baby Sebi!  

Looking ahead...

Hello, Baby! is not slowing down!  We have big plans for the next year including finding our very own home-base.  We want to bring our online communities together in person and keep that circle of support growing.  We have new classes being designed, new support groups just waiting to be launched, and a Wellness Collection aching to be expanded!  We even have hopes of teaming up with a pretty amazing community partner to make sure we are the full deal!  (No.... we can't tell you who!  You will just have to wait and see *wink*)

Thank You!

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From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.  Without the support and trust of our community, Hello, Baby! couldn't keep growing.  We love the work we do and are grateful for every family that let's us share the journey with them!

Take good care, 

Jenn & Steph

I am interested in encapsulating my placenta but... is it safe?

Let's take the mystery out of it

So, you have heard of encapsulating your placenta and think it might be the right choice for you but you have one big question on your mind: is it safe?  The answer is "Yes!" For most people, encapsulating your placenta is completely safe. Let's take the mystery out of the process so you can feel confident booking your encapsulation support.

Meet your Placenta Encapsulation Specialist!

Jenn Avis is one half of the Hello, Baby! team and when you book your placenta encapsulation, it is Jenn who will be creating your capsules, tinctures, prints, balms, or chocolates for you.  In additional to encapsulating placentas, Jenn is a birth and postpartum doula, a prenatal educator, and passionate about supporting her clients from bump to baby.  Jenn trained to encapsulate placentas through the International Placenta & Postpartum Association (IPPA), has completed her Safe Food Handlers' training and Bloodborne Pathogens certification and is well on her way to achieving certification as a Trained Placenta Encapsulation Specialist.  

Peterborough Doula Placenta Encapsulation

Is encapsulating your placenta safe?

This is a really important question!  Whenever you take a supplement you always want to know what it is, if there could be any side effects, and if it is safe.  That's just common sense. 

Maternal health matters

First and foremost, your health matters when it comes to encapsulating your placenta.  If you are having a "normal", healthy pregnancy free from complication and illness, there is no reason to assume your placenta will not be safe to encapsulate or tincture.  Communication between you and your encapsulation specialist during your pregnancy, at the time of placenta pick up, and in the first few days after birth is very important.  There are certain factors (maternal fever or newborn infection, for example) that may result in your placenta not being safe for consumption.

Storage, handling, and processing.

The next safety issue to consider when having your placenta encapsulated is how it will be stored after birth, who will be handling it, and where it will be processed. Some of the responsibility of storage and handling falls on you as the creator and "owner" of the placenta and some falls on me, your encapsulation specialist. It is my responsibility to educate you about what to do with your placenta after birth and how to store it safely.  It is also my responsibility to connect with you after birth to verify that those guidelines were followed and that your placenta has not come in contact with any medications or products that could make it unsafe for you to ingest.   It is your responsibility, along with your birth partner and/or care providers, to ensure that the guidelines for safe storage and handling are followed and to let me know about anything outside of the guidelines that happened or that you are unsure about.

When you give birth in a hospital, your midwives or nurses can store your placenta in a white plastic tub which will be labelled clearly with your name and details and then either given to you to store in a cooler bag or, if there is room, in a refrigerator or freezer until your encapsulation specialist comes to collect it from you.

When you give birth in a hospital, your midwives or nurses can store your placenta in a white plastic tub which will be labelled clearly with your name and details and then either given to you to store in a cooler bag or, if there is room, in a refrigerator or freezer until your encapsulation specialist comes to collect it from you.

The risk of cross contamination

For example, if your placenta is taken to pathology for testing after birth we will not be able to encapsulate or tincture it for you because we cannot know for certain what it has come in contact with or even verify for certain that it is your placenta. When you book your Placenta Encapsulation services, we will meet and review this sheet which explains the various risks of encapsulation as well as the contraindications for encapsulation. 

Once we are satisfied that all is well, I will take your placenta home where I will carefully clean and sanitize my work space according to safe bloodborne pathogens and food handling protocols to begin the preparation of your placenta products. 

Every precaution is taken to ensure the cleanliness of the encapsulation space. Proper sanitizing procedures are important to protect both your placenta and the encapsulator.

Every precaution is taken to ensure the cleanliness of the encapsulation space. Proper sanitizing procedures are important to protect both your placenta and the encapsulator.

Are there any risks while taking your pills?

Now that you know a little more about how we keep the process of encapsulation safe, we can talk about risks associated with taking your capsules.  In reality, there are two main sources of risk to consider once you start taking your placenta capsules and/or tincture and they concern the storage of your capsules and how you respond to taking them as a supplement in your postpartum wellness routine.

How to store your capsules safely.

Storage is the biggest potential source of risk and making sure you keep your capsules dry is very important to avoid the possible growth of bacteria or mold. This is simple to do!  Make sure your hands are dry when taking a capsules from your bottle and put the lid on tightly as soon as you are done. Easy-peasy!  When you book your Placenta Encapsulation services you will also be given instruction on how to store you capsules and tincture properly.

Your capsules are given to you in a thick-walled BPA free plastic container with a tight fitting lid for your convenience.  

Your capsules are given to you in a thick-walled BPA free plastic container with a tight fitting lid for your convenience.  

How do the capsules make you feel?

For most people, taking their capsules or tincture provides them with a boost - a boost in energy, mood, and even breast milk!  That being said, for some people that boost can be too much and lead to the jitters, feeling anxious, feeling overheated, and even an oversupply of breast milk.  Being mindful of how your capsules make you feel - just like you would with any other supplement - is important!  You can always decrease the number of capsules you take and, like with any other Hello, Baby! support, you can always reach out to your encapsulator for suggestions.

Have questions?

We want you to feel completely confident about booking your placenta encapsulation.  If you have any questions, just e-mail us at info@hellobabyptbo.com and we will get back to you ASAP!  In the meantime, you could check out our past posts about all things placenta!

Forget the hippy-dippy stuff! Placenta encapsulation is serious business.

Professional placenta encapsulation services.

When you hire Hello, Baby! to encapsulate your placenta, you are placing a lot of trust in us. You are handing over a piece of yourself and we take that very seriously!  Jenn, our resident encapsulator, has the education, hands-on training, and additional certifications needed to ensure your placenta is processed safely and with respect.  

Our encapsulation space is sanitized and every precaution is taken to ensure that your placenta is handled and prepared according the the prescribed methods. 

Our encapsulation space is sanitized and every precaution is taken to ensure that your placenta is handled and prepared according the the prescribed methods. 

We want you to be informed and empowered.

When you book your placenta encapsulation with Hello, Baby! we will review all of your questions and provide you with lots of take-home information on safety, storage, and consumption instructions.  Making sure that you feel confident in your choice and clear about any "what if" situations that could arise is an important part of the process for us.

I felt confident having my placenta encapsulated with Hello, Baby! because of the level of professionalism and the time that was taken to explain the process to us. All of our questions were answered and we even got pictures of the process along the way!
— Kerrie
Peterborough placenta encapsulation

Choosing to encapsulate your placenta is a wonderful addition to your postpartum self-care strategy.  There is new research being done all the time about the various benefits ascribed to encapsulating your placenta and we make sure to keep up with these studies as they are released.  We are passionate about your wellness from bump to baby and are always glad to see a woman planning for her physical and emotional recovery from pregnancy and birth.

I was given clear instruction about the process, risks, and benefits of placenta encapsulation and would recommend Hello, Baby!’s services to others, no question. Jenn is enthusiastic and passionate about birth and everything that goes with it!
— Michelle

Continuous support from bump to baby

From the time you book your encapsulation services until we deliver your finished capsules, prints, tinctures, or chocolates we are happy to answer any of your questions.  You will also be able to follow up with us for the first few weeks postpartum to let us know how you are feeling about using your placenta products and to make sure any questions you have get answered quickly. We are always happy to help!

Jennifer Avis is one half of Hello, Baby! and will be encapsulating your placenta!

Jennifer Avis is one half of Hello, Baby! and will be encapsulating your placenta!

I felt good about my decision to encapsulate.
— Amy

 

If you would like to know more about booking placenta encapsulation services with Hello, Baby! check out our FAQ page for more information or book your services online by clicking HERE.  We can't wait to work with you.

3 Super Cool Facts About Your Placenta!

What do you know about your placenta?

The placenta is a pretty amazing organ!  If you are pregnant, your body is hard at work growing your placenta right alongside your baby.  Most people know that the placenta is basically your baby's life line giving them the oxygen, nutrients, and antibodies they need to develop over your (approximately) 40 week pregnancy.  The average placenta weighs between 1.5 and 2 pounds, is the size of a small dinner plate and connects you to your baby via the umbilical cord but there is so much more to know about it!

Peterborough Doula Placenta Encapsulation

1. Your placenta is the only disposable human organ!

How cool is that?  While your body is busy growing a whole person it is also growing an organ that is absolutely essential to the growth and development of your baby but which will be birthed right after your new little love.  Poof!  Just like that - once baby is born your placenta will come away from the wall of your uterus and be expelled because it's job is done.  What is even cooler?  You can grow a new placenta with each and every pregnancy!  

2. Shiny Shultz & Dirty Duncan

There are two sides to every story... and every placenta!  The maternal side (nicknamed "Dirty Duncan") is the side of the placenta that is attached to your uterus.  It is full of hills (cotyledons) and valleys (sulci) which give this side it's brain-like appearance.  It is much "rougher" looking than the fetal side of the placenta which is why it is nicknamed the Dirty Duncan!  The other side of your placenta, the fetal side your baby was snuggled up next to, is the smooth "Tree of Life" side we see most often.  This side is nicknamed Shiny Shultz!

When we make a print of your placenta, it is the fetal side that we use because of the beautiful vein structures that often look like the Tree of Life. Photo:  Matt + Steph  2017

When we make a print of your placenta, it is the fetal side that we use because of the beautiful vein structures that often look like the Tree of Life. Photo: Matt + Steph 2017

3. Together but separate.

The placenta is the point of exchange between you and your baby.  It is commonly believed that a mother and her baby share the same blood supply but that is actually not true!  The placenta connects mother and baby but, at the same time, acts as a protective barrier keeping both mother and baby safe.  As early as 7 weeks along, your baby begins to develop their own blood supply (and type!) independent of you but it is the placenta that allows the oxygen, nutrients, and antibodies to pass into your baby's blood and the carbon dioxide and other waste products to pass out to be processed and eliminated.

There are so many fascinating things to learn about your placenta - trust us when we say this is only the tip of the iceberg!   Do you have any cool factoids about the placenta?  Did you have your placenta printed or encapsulated?  Tag us in a snap shot on Instagram @hellobabyptbo or comment below.