Placental Encapsulation

Placentophagy –

Placental Encapsulation

For centuries, women in many cultures have ingested their babies’ placenta post birth, in a variety of ways. Some women feel comfortable creating a special recipe for it, adding it to a smoothie or some women even consume it raw. These methods will work, but they limit the length of time you are able to utilize the benefits of the placenta. Bring on the best method of ingestion………..Encapsulation.

The placenta is dried, ground, and encapsulated.

The capsules can then be taken daily for a number of weeks. You reap all of the healthful benefits of placenta quickly and easily. The capsules will last indefinitely (for years) when stored. So, when you have recovered from childbirth, you can freeze the capsules and save them. Each placenta’s hormonal make-up is completely unique to the mother. Benefits to ingesting your placenta include: Decrease in baby blues and postpartum depression. Increase and enrich breastmilk. Increase in energy. Decrease in lochia, postpartum bleeding. Decrease iron deficiency. Decrease insomnia and/or sleep disorders Your placenta needs to arrive at the College for processing sometime up to ten hours post birth. IT MUST NOT BE FROZEN and should be refrigerated. It is best just left in a container with minimal handling. You may have to sign your placenta out, in order to remove it from the hospital, if that is where you have chosen to birth.

The Australian Doula College will process your placenta with love and respect within 48 – 72 hours of receiving it.

We will call you when it is ready to be picked up. We use vegetable caps only and follow a tried and tested process that usually yields 120 – 180 caps. We cannot however guarantee the amount of caps we will get from each individual placenta. We recommended taking one cap per day after lunch to begin with and within three days you can take up to three caps per day, however two is usually enough. Your caps should be stored in a dark, moist free place and will remain effective for years. It is essential that you book in for placenta encapsulation prior to your birth, with as much notice to the college as possible.

Please call us on 02 9698 4160 to discuss your individual needs or for further information and to request a booking form. There is a non-refundable $295.00 (includes GST) processing fee can be made via credit card, cash or direct deposit and is due with your booking form to hold the space around your due date. We look forward to being of service.

CBE Training

Childbirth and Early Parenting Training

Once you have completed doula training with us, you may consider expanding on your personal development and childbirth knowledge and wish to become a childbirth and early parenting educator.

Our Childbirth and Early Parenting Certificate allows you to teach and facilitate educational groups for parents and parents to be. You will gain technical knowledge on labour and birth, learn and understand group facilitation skills and how to hold a safe and nurturing space for your clients. We continue to expand on your own personal development and expect that you attend births and share these experiences within the group.

Courses start at varying times currently only in Sydney and Melbourne and run for a year. We follow the school terms. As well as weekly workbooks there are several assignments and projects to complete throughout the year. You must also be prepared to teach/assist with doula training as a part of this course. Due to the nature of the course, it is not available by correspondence and places are limited.

People We Love

Preparing The Way

Preparing the Way was established in 2015 in response to growing requests for education in End of Life Doula care and services and delivers the trainings across Australia in collaboration with the ADC. The founder of Preparing the Way, Helen Callanan, works as an end of life doula although now her focus is largely on delivering workshops and intensive courses teaching people who want or need to doula someone in their lives…whether personal or professional.


Pinky McKay

Pinky McKay is an International Board certified Lactation Consultant, with a private practice in Melbourne, Australia. She is a best selling author, a frequent guest on TV and speaks at seminars across the globe. In a world where common sense is not so common, Pinky McKay provides real-world, no-nonsense, parenting support and approaches with a blend of humour, sharp wit and wisdom not found anywhere else.

Maha Al Musa

Maha Al Musa has 20 years experience working with pregnant and birthing women and is the creator and founder of EmbodyBirth™ – BellydanceBirth® – The Al Musa Method®. She is a birth activist and a spiritual birth visionary. Maha was the winner of the 2011 One World National Birth Hero Award, breastfeeding advocate, doula, mother of three and birth consultant for both pregnant women and birth professionals. She offers her inspiring somatic Teacher Training worldwide that honours the language of the feminine. Maha is also an international speaker and passionate about Human Rights in Childbirth.


Natural Grace

Natural Grace Holistic Funerals Victoria assists individuals, their families and the people they love to make choices based on what is right for them. They see from experience that genuine, honest engagement is the best way of honouring the dead and the pain of bereavement. Fortunately, there are many options available with end of life care and most people simply aren’t aware that ceremonies, budgets, caring for the dead or even ways of transportation are not set in stone. Natural Grace understands that sometimes the best person to care for the dead are the people who knew them and loved them when they were living and that a dying wish can be a chance to leave a cleaner environment as their legacy.


The Groundswell Project

The GroundSwell Project is a not for profit organisation, founded in 2010, and is known for using innovative arts and health programs to create social and cultural change about death and dying. The co-founders, Peta Murry and Niki Read, have an aim to promote resilience and wellbeing in response to end of life issues and to encourage people to build their death literacy. They are a committed team of artists, arts practitioners, health professionals, bloggers, film-makers, teachers, nurses, leaders, techy types, playwrights, business professionals, innovators, writers, researchers, story-tellers.


Marie Burrows

Marie Burrow is the founder and principal of Birthing Rites Australia, established in 1989. Birthing Rites Australia runs Doula and Childbirth Educator courses and is a leading provider of the highest quality education, counselling and support in the field of childbirth and parenting education.


5 Tips to a better birth

5 Tips to a better birth!

1.    Get educated.

Birth information and education used to be given and handed down from our mothers and the elders of the village, if you like. Today in our society we rely on classes to educate women and their partners through the birth and early parenting process. Most hospitals offer classes and groups but they can be over crowed and biased. If there is an independent organisation or childbirth educator, seek them out.

2.    Prepare your body and mind.

Labour and birth can be a marathon and it is good to do regular gentle exercise, eat well, and drink plenty of water during pregnancy. Make time to visualise a positive birth experience, make a regular time to relax and just be, every day. Focus on nothing else but your breathing. You can recall this skill and use it in your labour

3.    Hire a Doula.

A doula is a professional support person who cares for the birthing woman and her partner before, during and after the birth of their baby. They offer information, guidance and emotional support. Research proves that having a doula increases birth satisfaction and lowers intervention rates.

4.    Make a birth plan or wish list.

It is a great idea to clarify your birth vision for yourself, your partner, support people and care providers. Gather as much information as you can in order to make informed decisions. Keep your birth plan to one page; be concise and clear in what it is you want. This is your birth experience, take charge!

5.    Engage the services of a supportive caregiver.

I am always perplexed by the amount of women who do no research their obstetrician, midwife, and or hospital. This is really important to do at the beginning of your pregnancy. You may accidentally engage the services of a care provider who does not match your birth philosophy.