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So I really hit the ground running! I could never imagine how important and how life changing becoming a Doula has been. With every new birth, with every new experience, I know why I'm doing this is. It's just amazing. I've also started taking on the duty of setting up and breaking down birthing tubs for a friend, so this is something else I'm thinking about doing. I've also taken on Placenta Encapsulation.. which leads me to a question..
If you did have your placenta encapsulated, did you feel the benefits? Did you have anything added to your capsules?
And on to my next questions...
VBAC's! I would love to have some info. I just took on two clients, both going for HBAC.
I'm curious for those that have had them, what do you feel was your biggest challenge, mentally or physically? Do you feel that any one specific thing helped you?
I haven't done it yet, but will be encapsulating mine next month, so if you're still wondering, I can let you know then.
As for VBAC'ing, I think my biggest challenge was the medical establishment. I found great providers, but I still had to be on alert. However, you're having HBAC's, so that's a little different. Really, physically, there were no issues for me. I had never been in labor before, as mine was a scheduled cesarean. But I do know that a lot of women have mental blocks, or fears, about being able to get past where they were "stuck" in their last labor. So, if they only dilated to a 5, or pushed for hours and didn't progress, etc. So it would be really good for you to know what that point was for them in the last labors, and really work with them at eliminating fears that it would happen again.
I picked up a VBAC book, "The VBAC Companion" which from what I've been told is a tad outdated, it was written in 97, but still a good read still.
I'm doing my Placenta Encapsulation certification though Placenta Benefits, Jodi actually lives here in Las Vegas & is very active in the "birth circle" I work with, so I'm very excited to get the chance to talk with her and learn more.
I only ask about the added herbs because I would hate to see a mother have a reaction to her capsules and render them useless because of that, since you cannot produce another placenta without another 9 months of pregnancy & child birth. But again, I'm just starting out with this, so I'm sure I'll learn more over time.
Originally Posted by HippyMomOf4
I didn't add anything to my placenta pills but I Did notice more milk, energy, lighter bleeding, and it improved my.mood. reading your post makes me.so excited to finish my doula course
I'm curious, you probably mentioned this before, but who are you certifying though?
I've done both CAPPA and DONA certifications, but have let my cert's lapse as I'm going to start my midwifery apprenticeship and would be in violation of the "scope of practice" agreement. I've attended a few VBAC's and only one ended in a repeat. I think focusing on emotional and mental preparations during the last months of the pg make a world of difference. Visualizing their ideal births with them, discussing how to cope with any difficulties that come up... etc.
I had my placenta encapsulated this time and it had ginger and lemon zest added to it. I definitely noticed my mood was better, my milk came in faster, and I slept better this time around! (Also, NO heartburn postpartum!) Hope that helps!