Nikky Clarke, Certified Placenta Encapsulator
For as long as I can remember I’ve been very interested in pregnancy, labor and birth. I was around 5 years old when I first heard about labor and childbirth and I immediately thought ‘I want to do that!’
My journey into placenta encapsulation…
has been very organic one. After comparing my postpartum experiences of my two daughters, once of which I encapsulated my placenta into pills and one which I didn’t, I was hooked. I became passionate about sharing the benefits with as many women as possible.
Before long, I was encapsulating all my friends placenta’s and from there it turned into a business. Even though I had done a bunch of encapsulations already, I wanted training. I wanted to be taught the best methods, safe handling practices and to learn everything there is to know about placentas. So I did the Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist training through PBi. I learned how to safely deal with meconium staining or strep B, the history of placentophagy around the world and the anatomy of the placenta. Did you know that the amniotic sack has two layers? Or that the stuff inside the umbilical cord is called Whartons Jelly? I love knowing cool little tidbits like that!
I created Eat Your Placenta with the intention of helping women in Vancouver access this amazingly helpful tool for postpartum recovery and wellness in a way that is easy, safe, and maybe even fun!
When I’m not encapsulating placentas…
you’ll find me in my kitchen, blending up a green smoothie or some bliss balls, puttering around in my garden, or hanging out at the park with my kids. This job is truly my passion. It’s such an honour to be part of my clients birth experiences. I love seeing brand new parents as their faces reflect the awe, and shock, and joy of having just had a baby. That energy, that new baby energy, just isn’t found anywhere else. It’s pretty awesome that I get to witness it again and again the more families I help. I also really love placentas. I love how they roar with life and vibrancy. The gorgeous deep reds and vibrant blues… there’s something miraculous in each placenta I work with.
I strongly believe that women in our society need all the support they can get during their reproductive years. Other cultures do such a good job of taking care of their new moms. Ours is sorely lacking. But I’m hoping to personally fill in a bit of that gap. With each healthy, happy new mother, comes a happy, healthy family. And the more of those we have, the better off the world will be!