The Feel Good Company Placenta Encapsulation was started by Valerie Rosas and Henry Garcia with the experience of preparing and consuming Valerie’s placenta after the birth of their baby girl, Scarlet Fig.
The Feel Good Company before ever becoming a part of the placenta encapsulation community was a name that Valerie and her partner Henry use to refer to themselves as. They noticed that when they were together people would gravitate towards them with amazing energy and it was the energy that they produced together that would bring out good feeling vibes from others.
Placenta consumption was introduced to them through their doula weeks before giving birth; all that the doula told them was that consuming placenta would help prevent baby blues and postpartum depression. For Valerie that’s all the information that she needed to know, preventing any kind of depression was key for her. Shortly after giving birth Valerie started to feel symptoms of baby blues and hours after Henry encapsulated her placenta she started feeling back to “normal”. At first, Henry was the one preparing placenta for women, since he’s a chef by trade it made sense, and in October 2012 Valerie prepared her first placenta and she experienced an overwhelming amount of joy knowing that what she was doing would help the woman in her postpartum recovery in the same way Valerie’s placenta helped her.
The Feel Good Company specializes in placenta encapsulation in the RAW method or Traditional Chinese Medicine method, tincture, salves/balm, and placenta smoothies. Every placenta encapsulation will come with placenta art/print and cord keepsake in a shape of a heart.
The Feel Good Company Placenta Encapsulation is also a community where parents can come together to seek out support. Having a baby can be a difficult transition for some people and The Feel Good Company Placenta Encapsulation wants to provide a safe and comfortable space where parents can share their experiences, their frustrations, and ask for advice. Like us on facebook to become apart of The Feel Good Company Placenta Encapsulation support family.
We service all of the greater Los Angeles areas (Venice, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Redondo and Manhattan Beach), Malibu, Topanga, Torrance, Long Beach, Orange County, The Valley, Pasadena, San Bernardino, Camarillo, Venture County, and Santa Barbara. If there's an area that's not listed please contact me for more information.
Valerie was born in Chicago, IL but raised in Orlando, Fl. In the fall of 2004 she moved to Los Angeles, CA, this had always been a dream of hers to live on the west coast. In her late teens she discovered a love and passion for photography and when moving to Los Angeles, CA she began studying photography at Santa Monica College. She invested 10 years of her life to this career in hopes of becoming a Rock ‘n Roll Photographer. At the beginning of 2010, shortly after meeting the love of her life Henry, they found out they were pregnant and life started to change. Her love and passion for photography became a shadow of her future goals. On October 2010, with the birth of her baby, it led Valerie to become the Placenta Encapsulation Specialist she is today. In her spare time, she loves gardening and blowing glass.
Valerie’s motivation, inspiration, and passion for placenta encapsulation stems from the importance of mental health, she believes in the placenta power and is passionate in helping women in their postpartum recovery and assisting them in their transition into motherhood. Along with aiding women post baby, she is also driven to educate women in general about placenta encapsulation through event speaking.
Valerie has received training through Full Circle Placenta Encapsulation and Certification, January 2013, and has been certified since March 2013. She has also obtained her Food Handlers Certification and Bloodborne Pathogens Certificate. In this way her clients can feel safe and secure that they are in good hands (All certifications can be viewed on our Facebook page).
My personal testimony
I had a difficult pregnancy, emotionally and mentally, physically everything was great but how I was feeling inside was less than happy. My therapist suggested I go on anti depression medication but I was convinced that I could get out of it without prescription medication. As my depression grew, I worried about postpartum depression, the doctor told me that 80% of women end up with PPD after giving birth. I felt as if I was at high risk of PPD because of the depression I was feeling, but I thought I’d be able to work through it with the help of my therapist. I was about 37-38 weeks into my pregnancy when someone referred a doula to us and in the prenatal meeting she told us about placenta encapsulation. She didn’t know much about it other than it helped prevent baby blues and postpartum depression. I was stoked to hear that my own placenta that my body had created and that my baby was using could be used as a medicine post birth to help me prevent the very thing I was concerned about. Henry, my partner, was excited too. Anything that could help me in recovering hormonally after the baby, he was all for, as well as wanting to experiment cooking with placenta. After having our beautiful baby girl and feeling happy about having her in our lives, feelings of sadness, worthlessness, and crying for no reason settled in. I would cry inconsolably for hours and it wasn’t until a week after I gave birth that Henry encapsulated my placenta, the worst week of my life. With the demands of having a newborn it was difficult for him to find the time to encapsulate my placenta. Once Henry had my placenta encapsulated it was like magic! Instantly, I started feeling better and having more energy. I took my placenta consistently for 4 weeks and I would say that it helped my postpartum recovery extremely. Unfortunately because we decided to encapsulate my placenta it took about a week and if I could do it all again I would have hired someone else to encapsulate it. Not only for the quick turn around time, having placenta back within 24-48 hours, but also for the support and the knowledge that placenta encapsulators have.
Today, years after having my baby I still use my placenta. The first day of my period is the wackiest for me so I take 1 capsule and in about 30-45 minuets I feel back to “normal”. If my baby girl is acting off or too emotional I open up 1 capsule and sprinkle a little bit of placenta powder on yogurt and in 30-45 minuets she’s back to “normal”. And you better believe that I’m saving some of my placenta for Menopause. I hear menopause is a bitch so I want to be well prepared.
-Valerie Rosas, 2013
What is a Placenta?
The placenta is an organ that connects the developing fetus to the uterine wall to allow nutrient uptake, waste elimination, and gas exchange via the mother's blood supply. The word placenta comes from the Latin word for cake, in reference to it’s round, flat appearance in the humans placenta.
What is placentophagia?
Placentophagia is the process of a new mother consuming her placenta postpartum by either eating the placenta raw, cooked, in capsule form or drinking the juices from the placenta once it is cooked.
What is placenta encapsulation?
Placenta encapsulation is the act of preparing placenta to where the final form is powder. Then the placenta powder is put into a capsule so that the woman can consume it. There are 2 methods of preparation; RAW and Tradition Chinese Medicine.
What is the RAW method?
The RAW food community strongly believe that heating the placenta diminishes it’s nutritional value, so heating is skipped and placenta goes straight into the dehydrator. This method provides an increase in energy immediately and is a wonderful hormone stabilizer.
What is the TCM method?
TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) this method of preparing placenta by cleaning, gently warming by steaming with slices of ginger, then dehydrating and finally putting placenta into capsules. Using the method of encapsulation is believed to bring healing and warmth back to the woman.
What are the benefits of Placenta consumption?
Prevents and lessens the risk of postpartum depression or ‘baby blues’, replenishes iron, lends a consistent flow of oxytocin, provides the HPL hormone to help establish early and healthy milk supply, stabilizes ever changing hormones post birth, replenishes your B vitamins and energy lost during birthing, protects from infection and bleeding due to retained placenta tissue or membranes and offer natural pain relief. Your placenta is a perfect medicine that your body made especially for you. No doctor could prescribe a prescription, vitamin, or herbal supplement more perfect then your placenta.
What 3 main hormones and chemicals contained in the placenta help the mother postpartum?
1- Oxytocin: helps bonding, pain reliever, and helps with milk ejection and supply
2- HPL (Human Placenta Lactogen): promotes the production of prolactin in the mother
3- POEF (Placenta Opioid Enhancing Factor): Pain reliever
What is Tincture?
Tincture is a fermentation process, by putting a piece of placenta in greater than 100 proof alcohol and let to ferment for up to 6months the placenta becomes a part of the alcohol. This process allows preservation of the placenta so that it can be used for menopause, any hormonal transitions and for girls menstrual cycle.
What is the Salve?
Salve or balm is made with placenta and many herbs and oils providing healing to a c-section scar, hemorrhoids, perineal tearing, cracked or blistered nipples, eczema, sun burn, diaper rash, skin irritation and more. Salve is a super healing, natural triple antibiotic ointment!
What is RAW placenta smoothie and what are it’s benefits?
A RAW placenta smoothie is a small piece of your raw placenta with your choice of organic fruits vacuumed sac. When you are ready to make a smoothie you put placenta and fruit into the blender and BAM!!!....you got a smoothie. This will provide you with a turbo boost of energy along with all the placenta benefits.
How many capsules does an average placenta yield?
75-200 capsules....this depends on the size of your placenta and whether the amniotic sac is included. If TCM herbs are added to the placenta powder, you can expect more capsules.
How is waste filter out of the placenta?
The placenta is not a filter that traps what it can’t pass to the baby, like an air filter. Baby waste and other things that baby can’t use are sent back to the mother through the placenta and her body disposes of it like any other waste in her body. If the placenta held onto everything, it would be a health hazard after nine months! There are substances that the placenta can not dispose of such a heavy metals. If a mother smokes cigarette during the pregnancy this causes a build up of heavy metal in the placenta making it unsafe to consume.
What is “Baby Blues”?
Baby blues are caused by an extreme change in a woman’s body after having a baby. While pregnant a woman’s body is producing many hormones that otherwise would not be, as soon as the woman has the baby the body abruptly stops producing those hormones causing a drop in hormonal levels. It’s a mild depression lasting a few hours, a few days, or even a few weeks. About 50% of woman that give birth experience baby blues. Symptoms can consist of feeling emotionally unstable ( i.e. crying, feeling mildly anxious and tense, feeling worried and not being able to sleep).
What is postpartum depression?
Postpartum depression is the feeling of extreme sadness, feeling hopeless, and even worthlessness. Postpartum depression may also cause you to have difficulties caring for and bonding with your baby. The cause for PPD can be a combination of hormonal, biochemical, environmental, psychological, and genetic factors. Postpartum depression can last weeks up to years.
What does the package include?
A prenatal visit, placenta pick up, a placenta print, cord keepsake, the placenta capsules, a 2 ounce bottle of tincture, placenta drop off, 2 phone call check ins and a Life time of support. If you have any questions or concerns you can call any time. I know what it’s like to be a new mom, so if you ever need someone to talk to I’m here for you.
Do you offer other placenta services?
Yes!.....You can request additional tincture. I also make, upon request, salves/balm/ointment, placenta smoothies, and I make dream catchers out of your umbilical cord.
How can I get started?
Please call or email me so that we can set up a prenatal visit.
How long will I have to wait for my placenta to be returned to me?
I will have your placenta back to you within 24-48 hours once it's in my possession. Since I exclusively dedicate myself to encapsulating placenta, this allows me to return it back to you very quickly. My mission as being your placenta encapsulator is for baby blue nor postpartum depression to be a factor in your postpartum recovery. I want you feeling good as soon as possible.
Do you offer Gift Certificates?
Yes we do!......because they always make a great baby shower gift.
What if I'm not sure if I want to encapsulate my placenta?
If you're not sure whether you would like to have your placenta encapsulated, The Feel Good Company Placenta Encapsulation can vacuum seal your placenta and you can store in your freezer. In this way, you have up to 3 years to make a decision.
The earliest recorded use of the placenta was in 1578 by Li Shi-Zhen a medical and pharmaceutical expert of China. He included placenta as a medicine in his first TCM Materia Medica publication. It resurfaced again in Europe in the 1700’s in a scattered documentation, but it wasn’t until an American Midwife studying TCM, Raven Lang, brought this tradition back to life in the mid 1980’s. In recent years, women in America, Canada, UK, and Europe have started practicing placentophagia, the act of consuming placenta, by having their placenta dried and encapsulated it can help them in their postpartum recovery.
For centuries the placenta has received ceremonial handling by many cultures around the world. In western medicine the human placenta is usually regarded as nothing more than human waste.
Revered for its symbolism of life, spirit and individuality, it is often buried outside. Some people even promote cooking and eating it as a celebration of birth and a source of rich nutrients.
Here are some cultural traditions from the different continents.
The Ibo of Nigeria and Ghana treat the placenta as the dead twin of the live child and give it full burial rites. In many African cultures, “zan boku” means “the place where the placenta is buried.” and bury the placenta under a tree.
The Kikuyu of Kenya place it in an uncultivated field and cover it with grains and grasses, while other cultures bury it in the dirt floor of the family’s house.
Some African nations swaddle the placenta in blankets and bury it beneath a tree as a tree symbolizes ongoing life.
In Mali, it is thought that the placenta can affect the baby’s mood or even make the baby ill. The placenta is washed, dried, placed in a basket and buried by the father.
A belief held by many Arabs is the future fertility of a woman is connected to the disposition of the placenta. Should something unpleasant happen to it the woman might be rendered sterile.
In some cultures such as Vietnam and China the placenta is viewed as a life-giving force. Therefore, it is dried and added to certain placenta recipes in order to increase a person’s energy and vitality.
In Indonesia, the placenta is seen as the baby’s twin or elder sibling and is perceived as the baby’s guardian throughout life. It is the father’s responsibility to clean, wrap, and bury the placenta on the day of the birth.
Filipina mothers are known to bury the placenta with books, in hopes of a smart child.
In Korea the placenta is often burned and the ashes kept. During periods of illness the ashen powder is given in a liquid to help heal the child.
Among the Hmong culture, the word for placenta can be translated as “jacket,” as it’s considered an infant’s first and finest clothing. The Hmong bury the placenta outside as they believe that after death, the soul must journey back through the past until it reaches the burial place of the placenta and await rebirth.
In Cambodia, the placenta is carefully wrapped in a banana tree leaf, placed beside the newborn baby for three days and then buried.
In Thai culture the placenta is often salted and placed in an earthen jar. On a day deemed auspicious for burying this clay pot, a site is prepared and the placenta is laid to rest. The jar is buried under a tree that corresponds to the symbol of the Asian year of the child’s birth and depending on what month the child was born dictates which bearing the pot faces.
The commercial use of “placenta extract” found in some cosmetics, such as facial cream, is sold in France. In 1994, Britain banned the practice of collecting placentas in hospitals from unsuspecting mothers, after it was learned that 360 tons of it were annually being bought and shipped by French pharmaceutical firms. They used it to make a protein, albumin, for burns and to make enzymes to treat rare genetic disorders.
For Navajo Indians, it is customary to bury a child’s placenta within the sacred four corners of the tribe’s reservation as a binder to ancestral land and people. The Navajos also bury objects with it to signify the profession they hope the child will pursue.
In Hawaii the placenta is brought home and washed, then buried following a religious ritual with a tree planted on it. It is believed this binds the child to his or her homeland. The “iewe” (placenta) of the newborn child is sacred and must be handled in a sacred manner in order to provide for the physical health of the child.
In some regions of South America the placenta is burned after birth to neutralize it and planted in the ground to protect it from evil spirits.
The indigenous Bolivian Aymara and Quecha people believe the placenta has its own spirit. It is to be washed and buried by the husband in a secret and shady place. If this ritual is not performed correctly, they believe, the mother or baby may become very sick or even die.
New Zealand Maori gift the Placenta or Whenua as a gift to Papa Tua Nuku or Mother Earth. In Maori, the word for land and placenta are the same – whenua, and illustrates the connection between them and it is usually planted with a tree on family land.
Some Aboriginal tribes bury the placenta either under the tree where they birthed or under an ant pit for the green ants. Many believe that when the green ants eat the placenta no more babies will come or at least not for a while.
In Samoa the placenta must be totally burned or buried so it will not be found by evil spirits. Burying or burning it at home also ensures the child will remain close to home as it moves through life. If buried under a fruit tree, the placenta provides nutrition for the tree that in turn will provide years of nutrition for the child.
Placenta Traditions in Turkey
In the same way, there is a belief that the food and drink a pregnant woman consumes, and the people, animals and things she looked at all affects the child and the same belief applies to the relation between the child and the umbilical cord and placenta.
That is why the child’s umbilical cord cannot be thrown away haphazardly without, it is believed, influencing the infant’s future, employment and life.
In the light of this belief, the umbilical cord;
• is buried in the courtyard of a mosque. (For the child to be a devout person)
• is thrown over a wall or into a school garden. (For the child to be an educated person)
• is buried in a stable. (For the child to be an animal lover)
• is thrown into water. (For the child to search for his/her destiny elsewhere)
The placenta is described as the end, friend, or comrade of the child. Since the placenta is regarded as part of the child, and even as the child itself, it is wrapped up and buried in a clean place in a clean piece of cloth after birth.
Since women give birth in hospitals today, practices related to the placenta have totally vanished, although customs and beliefs regarding the umbilical cord are still common.
Information of the history of placenta was collected from http://placentanetwork.com/placenta-history/ and http://www.birthtoearth.com/FAQs/Placenta+Traditions.html