Meet Your Placenta Preparation Specialist
Allegra E. Moreno
I was introduced to placentophagy once I entered the natural out-of-hospital birth world. Before my husband and I tried to conceive, we decided that we wanted a homebirth, and we wanted to raise our children as naturally as possible. After conceiving on our wedding night, we searched for a midwife to assist with a homebirth, and a few months later we found a wonderful CNM two hours away. She owns a beautiful birth center called Gentle Birth Options and offers many women's health services, homebirth and birth center births, on site chiropractic care, a natural baby store, classes of all sorts, and has also built up a community of naturally minded families and linked them together through facebook groups and year-round events. Needless to say, I was driven straight into a natural lifestyle, and here I found placentophagy.
After a more beautiful birth than I could have imagined, my husband and midwife printed my placenta while I fed our son from the breast for the first time, and then my birth assistant cut off a chunk for me to eat while I awaited my capsule delivery. My husband dry-battered and briefly fried it for me at three days postpartum when I felt my hormone shift, and it stabilized me and brought back the elated energy I had become accustomed to for the past two days. A friend I met through this community encapsulated my placenta, as she had done for many other women here, and delivered it on my fifth day postpartum, when I desperately needed it! I could not believe what a difference it made in my energy levels, mood, recovery, and lactation!
I was very fortunate that my husband is in the United States Air Force and was able to arrange two months off from work. I felt a little overwhelmed at first when he returned to work, but I adjusted well and took my capsules as needed. at four months postpartum, he went on a Temporary Duty across the country for three weeks. Suddenly, I had this awful anxiety and intense feeling of failure. I was consumed by an overwhelming sense of urgency about household tasks and needing to DO something all the time. I was exhausted but could not sleep. At eight months, my anxiety peaked, and I had these terribly absurd convictions, such as feeling the need to leave my family because I just wasn't the wife and mother they deserved. These episodes happened often, but only in the middle of the night. My symptoms gradually subsided, although still present at times, and it wasn't until I met a friend who was hospitalized for postpartum anxiety FIVE DAYS after giving birth that I understood what I had been going through was an actual condition! It turns out that she also had her placenta encapsulated, and it helped her tremendously; in fact, that was the only thing that helped me, but it was too stimulating for me to take at night because it was prepared using the raw method.
Once we began sharing our stories, many of our friends realized that they had also gone through similar experiences, and I had many people ask if I provided placenta preparation services or if I knew someone in the area who did. After doing a lot of research and conversing with the friend who prepared mine, I made the decision to become a placenta preparation specialist. I looked into the available "certification" programs at the time, but found many poor reviews and learned that there truly was no official regulating body for these "certifications", so I decided to self-teach by researching different methods, safety standards, and learning from experts and other preparations specialists in the field. I opened for business, and I prepared my first placenta on July 17, 2014, which was such an honor!
I have been so fortunate to have so much interest in the Florida Panhandle area, despite so little advertising on my part. What an honor it is to be trusted to prepare such a sacred organ and to support a mother at such a life changing time in her life! I am grateful to have found a line of work that is such a passion for me, and allows me to continue caring for my family full time while providing a service that is desperately needed in this area.
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Allegra E. Moreno
Placenta Preparation Specialist