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At your home? Or in your placenta encapsulator’s “workspace”? It’s up to you.

By Christine Frackelton If you’re investigating your options for having your placenta encapsulated after birth, you are more than likely noticing that different encapsulators offer different choices for the location of your encapsulation. This blog post will…

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Gratitude Journaling for Maternal Mental Health

  • Women are often attracted to having their placentas encapsulated after hearing testimonies of women who seem to have prevented postpartum mood and anxiety disorders with the consumption of their encapsulated placenta. Indeed, after my personal bout with postpartum depression in 2010, I was compelled to do everything possible to prevent a repeat postpartum depression, even, for a time, not having anymore children at all. Placenta encapsulation was a beacon of light for me once my midwife shared with me the experiences of her patients who chose the service.

    For a mother who feels helplessly stuck in an ocean of postpartum discontent, I do have some hope for you as well! After attending a training in Kinesiology for birth professionals this fall at The Farm Midwifery Center (internationally renowned for positive outcomes, low intervention rates, and prominence in birth documentaries and literature), I am now able to offer balancing sessions to mothers who would like a non medical opportunity to work on postpartum goals (as well as birth and pregnancy goals). Email me at placentapb@gmail.com and mention that you’re interested in kinesiology to find out more information about this new service. As always, Cher and I offer postpartum doula services and belly binding to aid your transition to motherhood as well.

    Here is another idea, and it won’t cost you a penny: gratitude journaling! A daily practice of coming up with a few things (typically 5) that you are grateful for, gratitude journaling increases our awareness of our blessings and helps close out the negative thoughts that are so easy to ruminate upon, if gone unchecked. Ideally, you don’t write each day, “I’m thankful for my family, friends, house, food, and water.” Not that those are unworthy of being thankful for, but if you take the time to notice things that are less obvious, like the way the orange blossoms are opening, the way your baby’s hand wraps around your finger, or the warmth of your coffee, then you are finding more subtle gifts, which are pretty abundant, once you focus on them.

    By reinforcing positive thoughts and an abundance mindset, and reducing the amount of time available to focus on depressing or anxiety producing thoughts, we maximize the benefits of positive psychology. At the very least, gratitude journaling is a risk free type of intervention you have complete control over, unlike medications.

    This was a very challenging practice for me when I started, but was, with practice, easier for me to do and ended up being one of the rafts that carried me to the shore of mental sanity. If you find this exercise challenging for you also, this could be an indicator that you also are suffering from a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder, and additional assistance may be required. If you want to give gratitude journaling a try but aren’t sure where to begin, here are some ideas you can think about, which are personal to me but may spark your own thoughts of thankfulness. Without further ado, here is my list of 100 things I am thankful for today:

    1. My sense of sight
    2. My sense of touch
    3. My sense of hearing
    4. My sense of smell
    5. My sense of taste
    6. Legs that carry me
    7. My children’s soft skin
    8. My proximity to the ocean
    9. My memory
    10. My literacy
    11. Books
    12. Religious freedom
    13. Sunrises
    14. Sunsets
    15. Running water
    16. Bees who pollinate all the crops that feed me
    17. Honey
    18. Local produce
    19. Summer camp
    20. My health
    21. The fact that I was breastfed as a baby
    22. Fresh fish
    23. My awesome little church, Royal Poinciana Chapel
    24. The quality programming at our local libraries
    25. The moments when my children hold each other’s hands
    26. The sound of palm branches rustling in the breeze
    27. Seashells
    28. Our tiny little sailboat that buys big adventures for our family
    29. Compost
    30. Our favorite neighborhood eats: Table 26, Cafe Sapori, Belle and Maxwell’s, and Rhythm Cafe
    31. Frozen pizza
    32. Text messaging
    33. Caller ID
    34. My dental hygiene
    35. Our front porch swing
    36. Our piano
    37. My easels, paints, brushes, palette knifes, palettes, and canvases (even if my kids are adults before I find the time to use them again)
    38. Pencils and paper for the meantime
    39. My many teachers and mentors over the years
    40. All of the fascinating trainings I’ve attended as a doula and placenta encapsulator
    41. My dog’s eagerness to see me when I get home
    42. My children’s eagerness to be with me
    43. My husband’s love, support, and dedication
    44. Warm soup on a cool day
    42. Hot tea
    43. Fresh herbs
    44. My sweet acupuncturist, Sarah Smith
    45. The many caring midwives I know
    46. Towels fresh out of the dryer
    47. Fresh squeezed orange juice
    48. Free concerts that you encounter unexpectedly while wandering CityPlace or Clematis St.
    49. Our favorite playgrounds around town
    50. Chilly FL days that beg for a day of wearing jeans and not shaving your legs
    51. The resourcefulness and creativity of my fun-loving and inquisitive children
    52. Essential oils
    53. Romance
    54. Beethoven
    55. Trader Joe’s
    56. The impact of the Junior League of the Palm Beaches and all the friendships I’ve formed there
    57. Fantastic work partners who back me up when I’m occasionally sick
    58. Grateful Dead’s Ripple
    59. Pina coladas made with fresh local coconuts
    60. My family that loves having impromptu dance parties
    61. Local nature preserves and parks
    62. Safe, working transportation
    63. Modern refrigeration
    64. Modern washers and dryers
    65. We have a working dishwasher
    66. Perky wildflowers
    67. I can do cartwheels
    68. That summer I hiked half of the Appalachian trail and got pregnant
    69. Well trained aquarium staff that found my missing son and prevented kidnapping
    70. My bicycle + the bike trailer that hauls my children
    71. Hot boiled peanuts
    72. The undeserved mercy I’ve received from family and friends
    73. My husband’s employment which has permitted me to stay at home for the early years of motherhood
    74. My Austrian semester abroad
    75. The phenomenal order and detail of God’s creation — from butterfly to iguana to plankton and beyond (not counting weather systems, landscapes, and cosmos)
    76. The moon and stars
    77. Henry David Thoreau
    78. The experiences I’ve had snowboarding and skiing
    79. The joy of laughter
    80. The kindness of smiles
    81. The health of my husband and children
    82. Air conditioning
    83. When an outfit improves my outlook for the day
    84. The refuge of prayer
    85. Netflix (& Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood)
    86. Van Morrison
    87. The free market influences on our nation’s economy, which permit me to set up and run my business with a certain amount of ease
    88. My hymnal
    89. The scent of freshly mowed grass
    90. My awesome babysitters from Palm Beach Atlantic University
    91. Hand knitted blankets, mittens, sweaters, and hats
    92. Classic home cooking
    93. A comfy mattress
    94. Warm bodies to snuggle with
    95. Pandora radio
    96. The Brothers Grimm
    97. Artists who really get it, like the unknown person who penned the lullaby Rockabye Baby
    98. The diversity of art galleries in the Palm Beaches
    99. The power of kinesiology
    100. My clients

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