*Placental Encapsulation Raw/Steamed/TCM
*Placenta Powder (not encapsulated)
*1/2 & 1/2 Preparations Raw/Steamed/TCM
*Placenta Remedies Tincture/Essence
*Cord Keepsakes - Dream Catcher/Sun Catcher/Keepsake
*Placenta Blood Prints/Digital Art
*Fresh Raw Preparation immediately after birth
*Collection and Delivery Home & Hospital
*Payment plans of your choice
*FREE Doula advice and referrals
Advice for those who would like to make their own Placenta product.
Why use Under the Birch Tree
Was fully certified by IPEN Ltd in April 2013 in theory and practical training for the title of Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. Working with placentas for many years before official training with IPEN she immediately became their Australian trainer when offered the position, the only licensed and certified trainer in Australia. Due to unavoidable circumstances Sam no longer instructs for IPEN, though she is a big supporter. Placenta Services Australia is bringing support and safety to Australian families that choose placenta services, Sam is QLD representative and works tirelessly with the other committee members to aid Aussie families and placenta specialists in becoming world leaders in our industry.
Sam is the most experienced specialist with an extremely professional and safe service.
How to book your space
After you've done your research and made your decision to encapsulate your placenta and are ready to make a booking, I will send you out a booking package.
With the lodgement of this form a deposit must be made of a minimum of $50 to hold your space. As months fill very quickly it is advisable to do this asap so you keep your position.
Once you have completed booking you are free to engage in email or phone conversations as you need. I am fully certified and experienced as a Birth and Postnatal Doula and am available to Placenta clients for free birth advice.
My children are taking up most of my time right now as I take them through their primary schooling years at home. I have decided to put my role as Doula on hold until this home education journey is over.
I choose to offer as much as I can to support Under the Birch Tree families in a professional, safe and discreet manner.
Easy Discreet No Stress Service
Under the Birch Tree's service is set up to allow you to enjoy the first hours after birth with your new baby stress free and relaxed. Simply send a text when your labour begins, and again when your placenta is birthed. You will then be advised of an approximate time of collection. I use safe transport for infectious substances as per Australian government and World Health Organisations recommended guidelines.
Please note: I am unable to take your placenta into my care without your signed booking forms, signed release form and full payment. I can be as discreet as you would like me to be. *My vehicle is unmarked so not to spark any unwanted attention from the neighbourhood. I also carry ID on a lanyard at all times.
Water Births are not contradictions to Placenta Encapsulation. I do ask that if possible please birth the placenta out of the birth pool and if not then please have your midwife remove the placenta from the water as soon as it is birthed to avoid any possible contamination issues.
Placenta is especially ideal for those who have a C/S birth as the capsules can aid your internal healing and may help with some of the side effects of surgery.
note: You will need your midwife to follow our guide lines regarding times and storage.
When birthing at home our service is even easier, once labour begins send a text, place you placenta into the storage bags and container and into the fridge. You are then free to text when you are ready for collection with in 24 hrs of the birth.
On call for you around your EDD
PLEASE NOTE: as birth is unpredictable there is always a chance I will not be available to pick up your placenta with in the first hours of its birth. You will be given a care document on booking that ensures your placenta is cared for safely until it is collected. It is your responsibility to ensure these guidelines are upheld for your own safety.
If I am not available for your service I have an excellent specialist that will complete your service exactly as I would.
Collection of your placenta
Depending on the time of day or night the placenta birthed, it is collected asap, usually with in the hours of 8am and 7pm, once Under the Birch Tree has your placenta in our care the process begins asap. I have the capsules back to you with in approx. 24/48hrs. In the case of Placental Remedies, these take much more time and you will need to collect them from me or arrange delivery at an additional travel fee. An information brochure comes with your capsules and your recomended dosage is on the bottle label. I am also here for you 100% via phone/text/email should you need any advice or have any questions while taking your capsules or remedies.
I adhere to strict guidelines regarding Blood-borne pathogen transmission / infection prevention and standards for safe food handling. Equipment and work space is thoroughly sanitised before and after each use. Most of the supplies are disposable / one use and all equipment meets food grade standards.
Respecting the life giving placenta
When working with placentas I believe it is essential to hold positive calming thoughts in mind to ensure nourishing healthy energy is surrounding it during the processing. Your sacred placenta is handled with gentleness and respect.
How many capsules?
Placentas come in many sizes, shapes and thicknesses, It is impossible to know how many capsules one will reap. The least I have had is 70 and the most is 289.
There can be large differences in placenta size, however I believe our body gives us what we personally need for each baby and postnatal experience.
If you have any special requests please don't hesitate to ask, there is nothing too silly to ask on this topic, believe me I have heard all the strange ones, and would love to hear some more!
Under the Birch tree specialists try their best to accommodate all our Families requests...
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What is Placentophagia?
is the consumption of the placenta.
Modern women are following in the footsteps of our ancestors
and reaping the Postpartum health benefits from their placentas. There are many ways to consume the placenta for benefit, with both raw and steamed methods of encapsulation being the most popular.
Under the Birch Tree gives you the choice of all methods of encapsulation, Raw Method, Traditional Chinese Method, Steamed Method & Half and Half.
The Raw is thought to be the highest nutrient value method, being only heated to food safety temperatures in the dehydrator during drying, giving you a higher percentage of nutrients. The Raw Method has for some women, a stronger energy and sometimes stronger results.
The traditional Chinese method (based on Traditional Chinese Medicine) has been used for centuries and I believe offers a softer release of energy to the mother in her postpartum, ideal for those who suffer anxiety.
What is postnatal depression?
It is a condition that takes effect mostly after the birth of a baby. It can happen to any women that has birthed, from any class, culture or age. It also doesn't matter how she births, C/S, vaginal delivery, VBAC, miscarriage, stillbirth, home or hospital birth. It is most common after the first pregnancy but can occur in subsequent pregnancies also. Postnatal depression is mood swings that last more than a week or two and interfere with daily life including looking after the newly born baby. There is no shame in postnatal depression!
A large amount of women may develop the baby blues, the low usually occurring on days 3 - 10 after your baby was born, though can occur during pregnancy, called Antenatal Depression.
Many women find they move on from the baby blues on their own and some find they enter a deeper stage called Postnatal depression. 1 in 500 may advance to postnatal psychosis a very sever and extreme illness.
This can develop in the 12 months after baby is born, usually the first weeks or months and can be a fleeting mild depression to a lasting deeper depression. It can be sudden or can come on over time. If you feel like you have moved on from the 'Baby Blues' to PND it is very advisable to get professional help.
Some of the symptoms could be low self-esteem, feelings of inadequacy or guilt, negative thoughts, tearfulness, difficulty sleeping or panic attacks.
SO HOW CAN MY PLACENTA HELP ME TO LESSEN THE CHANCES OF PND?
Birth itself is quite a major event for a women's body, a substantial amount of blood is lost, vitamins and minerals take a sudden drop in the woman's system, effecting the brain. There is also the diminished and broken sleep pattern, and sometimes isolation from the usual routine and peers.
Placenta offers mothers a replacement in good quality iron which is linked to fatigue, anxiety and depression. It also holds essential hormones designed specifically for the postnatal period that can help with milk supply and well being and B group vitamins that help stabilise mood. Also it has cortisone that can help with stress levels.
Placentas are a natural way to replenish these diminished nutrients and give you the best start to parenting and motherhood, it is in no way a cure or preventative treatment for postnatal depression. PND is a serious condition that must be monitored by a professional.
Some other links that can help with depression:
-Body Mind and Brain, in Robina Gold Coast. A natural no drug approach with incredible results.
-PANDA Post and Antinatal Depression Association
-Beyond Blue Australia
What's in it that's so good?
The known list of healing chemicals giving placentas their healing properties:
Gonadotrophin - precursor to oestrogen, progesterone and testosteone
Prolactin - promotes lactation
Oxytocin - for pain relief and baby bonding. Is produced during breastfeeding to promote healthy bonding between mother and baby.
Interferon - stimulates the immune system to protect against infection.
Thyroid stimulating Hormone - boosts energy and aids in recovery of stressful events.
Cortisone - releases energy stores and helps with stress.
Prostaglandins - anti-inflammatory.
Haemoglobin - replenishes iron deficiencies and anaemia
Gamma-globulin - boosts immune system and protects against postpartum infection.
Urokinase Inhibiting Factor & Factor X111 - stops bleeding and enhances healing of wounds.
Growth factors - in the form of cytokins & hormones stimulate cellular growth. They have anti-inflammatory properties, aid blood circulation, wound tissue healing and has an analgesic effect.
Placenta Stem Cells - provide the new cells for regeneration of tissue and growth factors enhance their ability to multiply much faster.
Vitamins and minerals
Iron - essential for absorption of oxygen in the cells needed for repair.
Vitamin B6 - promotes the production of red blood cells, aids in normal functioning of the brain. Helps in the making of antibodies, keeping the immune system strong.
Vitamins A, D, E, K
Vitamins C, B complex