The placenta is made to nourish the baby in the womb and, it can also be used to nourish the mother after birth. The placenta is full of much needed nutrients and hormones that help aid in healing, milk production, and the emotional balance of the new mother.
April Hall-Gill, Founder of Upstate Birth Arts, is a wife and a mother to 5 of the most amazing girls. She worked as a CPHT (Nationally Certified Pharmacy Technician) for 7 years with Eckerd Drugs and 5 years with the GHS Cancer Treatment Center as a Chemotherapy Technician.
April has always been interested in childbirth and knew that one day she would choose a career in birth work . At the time she didn’t know what that would look like exactly. Through her own journey in childbirth and motherhood, April discovered Placentophagy and lead her to become a Certified Placenta Remedies Specialist. April understands that many mothers are not receiving adequate support during and after birth that is needed to ensure that they have a positive healing and recovery. She is now training to become a Maternal Support Practitioner through Bebo Mia and has joined the Mama Bear team! She will be offering Fertility, Labor, and Postpartum doula support. As well as Family Helper Services.
Angelica Bennett, Owner of Mama Bear Upstate Birth, is a mother of two boys, Connor and Greyson. She was born in a small town in New York (no, not the city, in fact she has never been to the city) where she gave birth to her first son, Connor. She then moved to South Carolina, where she discovered that she is truly a southerner at heart. Wellford is where she gave birth, in the comfort of her own home, to her second son Greyson. It was then that she discovered her passion for birth and doula work.
Angelica trained to become a Labor Doula through CAPPA and continues to grow and learn everyday. She is now not only a Labor Doula but she has certified as a Bereavement Doula and has since become a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. Angelica is a huge component of women’s rights and a firm believer that how and where a woman gives birth should be her decision. Her home birth left her feeling so empowered and strong, that she knew she wanted to help other families feel the same way.
Your safety is our first priority. I am a Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist and Certified Placenta Stem Cell Consultant with BBA. I have also completed placenta encapsulation training through IPPA. I have received my certification in Food Safety Handling and OSHA Approved Blood Borne Pathogen Certification. I have built a designated placenta processing area in my home to insure the highest safety standards in a controlled environment. We use EPA,OSHA approved BBP Sanitizers and disinfectants. Along with using 90 % disposal one time use only equipment during placenta processing.