”The Sanskrit term Ayurveda translates to “knowledge of life,” and the principles of this ancient wisdom remind us that the entire web of life is intricately interwoven. With a unique emphasis on total wellness, the art and science of Ayurveda work to harmonize our internal and external worlds.
Our five senses serve as the portals between the internal and external realms, as the five great elements of ether, air, fire, water, and earth dance the dance of creation around and within us. Ayurveda groups these five elements into three basic types of energy and functional principles that are present in everybody and everything. Since there are no single words in English to describe these principles; we use the Sanskrit words Vata, Pitta, and Kapha to describe their combinations.
Everything that we experience, be it a physical substance, a thought, or emotion, has certain qualities. The ancient texts of Ayurveda classify these qualities — called gunas in Sanskrit — into 10 pairs of opposites, making 20 qualities total (for example, heavy vs. light). Theoretically, everything in the universe can be described in terms of these gunas, or qualities, including the doshas. The foundation of Ayurvedic treatment relies upon recognizing when gunas have become excessive or deficient, as this is known to cause doshic imbalance and lead to disease. Ayurveda applies the opposite qualities to return to balance.
Leveraging these basic principles, Ayurveda customizes preventative wellness to the unique constitution of every individual. In addition, ancient Ayurvedic doctors produced detailed descriptions of acute and chronic conditions (complete with causes, signs, and symptoms), and developed extensive holistic treatment protocols.
Ayurveda offers renewed access to our natural intelligence. As the original circadian medicine, Ayurveda holds the key to resolving dis-ease creating a disconnect. Thus, this ancient medicine offers the promise of a more harmonious future for the people and planet.“
-National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA)
Placenta encapsulation is the process of preparing the birthing person’s placenta after the birth of their child by dehydrating, grinding and placing it into capsules or tincture for them to ingest as they see fit. The ingestion of the placenta is known as “placentophagy.”
The purpose of placentophagy by the birth parent is to reintroduce the beneficial vitamins, minerals, hormones, proteins, and other nutrients to their body following labor and birth of their child. This is thought to help restore a more balanced body function, prevent “baby blues” and the more serious postpartum depression, increase milk production, shorten healing time, increase energy levels, and provide an over-all feeling of wellness to aid in the transition between pregnancy and the early postpartum period. Placenta products are intended for the person who birthed the placenta ONLY.
I follow USDA food safety guidelines in my placenta preparations. This includes a complete wash of the placenta, removal of blood clots, and any other infarctions. Some placentas will be dehydrated from a raw state and in other circumstances will start by steaming the placenta to an internal temp of 160 F and then thinly slicing the placenta and dehydrating it until all the moisture is removed. The length of time depends on size of placenta, weather and other conditions, but dehydration usually takes around 24 hours. When the placenta is completely dehydrated, it is then ground and encapsulated And made into a tincture.
Capsules last 6-12 months stored in the refrigerator and can last for years if frozen. Tincture will last indefinitely if kept in the proper conditions.
Placenta Service includes:
Fees: $300 plus mileage beyond 20 miles from St. Petersburg, FL
Limitations and Disclaimer:
Moonlit Healing LLC is not a pharmacy, pharmaceutical representative or medical doctor. Benefits of placentophagy are supported by ongoing research but have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Placentophagy, as it pertains to this contract agreement, is for natural nutritional supplementation and is intended solely for ingestion by the person who has birthed the placenta, is a natural nutritional supplement and as such cannot be guaranteed to produce specific results.
“A Doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.
According to a 2017 Cochrane Database Systemattic Review, “Continuous support in labor may improve a number of outcomes for both mother and baby, and no adverse outcomes have been identified. Continuous support from a person who is present solely to provide support, is not a member of the woman’s network, is experienced in providing labor support, and has at least a modest amount of training (such as a doula), appears beneficial”.
“Some studies have shown that continuous support from doulas during childbirth might be associated with:
*A decreased use of pain relief medication during labor
*A decreased incidence of C-sections
*A decrease in the length of labor
*A decrease in negative childbirth experiences”
A DOULA DOES NOT:
*They do not perform clinical tasks such as vaginal exams or fetal heart monitoring
*They do not give medical advice or diagnose conditions
*They do not make decisions for th client (medical or otherwise)
*They do not pressure the birthing person into certain choices just because that’s what they would prefer
*They do not take over the role of the partner
*They do not change shifts (although it may be necessary to call in back-up after 12-24 hours)