The placenta is the organ that grows inside a woman's uterus during pregnancy and allows for the exchange of oxygen, nutrients and waste between mother and baby. After birth, the placenta is expelled. Some women chose to discard it, consume it, or dehydrate it for encapsulation. There is no known risk of placenta consumption by the mother. When taken, the placenta supplies natural iron and protein, and can help to re-balance essential hormones. It may also reduce postnatal bleeding, stress, and postpartum depression, increase energy levels and milk production, and help balance the mother's mood.
Hannah Beford & Dardanella Slavin
Home Born Midwifery
Danielle studied midwifery at The Matrona in Asheville, NC and completed a two year apprenticeship before starting Home Born Midwifery in 2012. She has served families throughout New England and Wisconsin, and is delighted to be offering her services on Martha's Vineyard. In her spare time she gardens, hikes with her dog, crochets, and volunteers as an on-call sexual assault advocate.