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Placenta Benefits After Childbirth


The placenta is an amazing organ providing nourishment to your baby throughout your pregnancy. But did you know your placenta can provide you with essential vitamins and nutrients your body needs after childbirth? What are some of the benefits of consuming your placenta and are these benefits well documented? Are there any known risks or side effects? Plus, how is the placenta prepared and the importance of the herbs added during the encapsulation process.

BONUS CONTENT: Tips for encapsulating your own placenta after childbirth.

Episode Experts

Brent and Airalia Keime, ExpertsAiralia S. Keime, LVN, CYT, Intern Midwife

Airalia Keime LVN, CYT is an Intern Midwife trained through the Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery.  Airalia works under Marla Hicks, RN-BC, CPM, LM in their homebirth midwifery practice.  She is a California Licensed Vocational Nurse with a strong background in hands-on patient care.  Airalia is an accomplished herbalist who uses this knowledge to provide treatment to her clients and to support their well-being throughout the pregnancy and into the postnatal period.  As a Certified Yoga Teacher, she specializes in prenatal yoga and uses this to help her pregnant clients stay centered and relaxed in their ever changing bodies.  Airalia is a placenta encapsulation specialist and offers this service to all of her clients as well as any mother seeking this service in San Diego County.   Airalia worked side-by-side with Robin Lim, CNN’s 2011 Hero of the Year, delivering 23 babies as an apprentice midwife in Bali at Robin’s birth center, Yayasan Bumi Sehat.   It was Airalia’s own beautiful experiences with natural birth and homebirth during her three pregnancies that gave her a deep respect and reverence for the birthing process.  She sees birth as a deeply empowering rite of passage available to all women, and she carries this passion into the caring and supportive environment that she provides to all her clients.

Brent Keime, LAc, MSTOM, Dipl. O.M.

Brent Keime, LAc, MSTOM, Dipl. O.M. has been licensed as an acupuncturist in the state of California since 2006.  Brent is certified as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. O.M.) by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).  Brent earned a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California.  While still in school, Brent completed clinical shifts at the UCSD downtown student-run free clinic project serving San Diego’s homeless population, spent two years assisting Alex Tiberi (one of the country’s top pediatric acupuncturists),and completed clinical shifts at Rady Children’s Hospital in the hematology/oncology and chronic pain departments.

Much of Brent’s practice centers on the care of women in pregnancy.  Brent is both on faculty and an administrator for the Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery in San Diego.  Brent works closely with many San Diego area midwives to provide safe, drug-free, natural healthcare for expecting mothers.  This part of Brent’s practice includes both the treatment of ailments common to pregnancy as well as maintaining optimal health and wellness to mothers and their babies throughout pregnancy and into postpartum care.


  • Sunny Gault (host)
  • Due: December 2013
  • Gender: Twins, Girls
  • Birth Plan: c-section
  • Children: Sayer (2010), Urban (2012)


Additional Resources

The Placenta Whisperer | Brent and Airalia’s Website | Placenta Encapsulation: See How It’s Done


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