My passion for working with women during their transition into motherhood started with a decision to train as a birth doula with DONA in 2004. I could not imagine a more humbling service to provide for women during this intense time in their lives. What I learned during that training truly opened my eyes to how resilient women are. I remember feeling like that last chapter of all the pregnancy and birthing books I read was just not enough to get a woman through “bringing her baby home”, and was struck by what a sea change it is to bring a new life into the world. The phenomenon of postpartum depression or the baby blues seemed like something so reasonable to have happen during this tumultuous time of everything being so new.
In the late 2000’s, I spent some time living at a friend’s midwifery clinic. It was during this time that I learned about other ways a placenta might be celebrated and used. Placenta encapsulation was not as popular as it is now; with clients’ permission I buried placentas that came my way under new trees or shrubs in the garden where they could return their nutrients to the soil and not be treated as waste. I am now honoured to be able to offer this medicine in a more immediately accessible way to women postpartum and am grateful to be continuing the work of Through Birth. I am certified in and maintain the standards of Foodsafe Level 1 and Bloodborne Pathogens and Infections Control consistent with OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard 29 CFR 1910.1030.
My interests outside of encapsulating placentas lie in growing food, teaching about organic gardening, lying in the sun and doing what I can to support others through times of transition. Laughing is one of my favourite things to do, and I believe it truly is the best medicine.