My Baby Product Must Haves

These are all my tried and true favorite baby products! If you're expecting a baby and want to know what you'll really use or looking for the best baby shower gift, these will not disappoint!

Fisher Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper - I have not met a single baby that doesn't love this thing. And this one rocks itself! This is what dreams are made of.


Tula Free to Grow Carrier - Every mom NEEDS a good baby carrier. Tula gets a lot of hype for good reason. Their free-to-grow style is amazing because you can adjust it to fit your baby with no infant insert. I fit my newborn in this at only 3 days old! It's easy and quick to wear and to get the hang of, too, unlike other babywearing options out there.


Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets - I was skeptical at first myself, but these suckers really are worth the investment! They are so soft and versatile, both mom and baby will LOVE them!


Sleep gowns - Out with the onsies and in with the gowns. They are cozy, comfy and give you no fuss for diaper changes. Win win!


Diono Radian RXT - This is the car seat to end all car seats. They are the slimmest on the market and you will literally never have to buy your child another carseat if you get this one. It grows with your child from newborn on up. And if you have a good baby carrier, I promise you will not miss lugging around an infant seat.


Baltic Amber Teething Necklace - Natural teething pain relief AND their stickin' adorable.


Graco Blossom 6-in-1 Convertible High Chair - This high chair is everything we've all been wanting in a high chair and more. It is built to grow with your child. It has a comfortable lining and reclines for little little ones. It turns into a booster and toddler seat. It has adjustable heights and folds up nicely. It is REALLY easy to clean (which let's be honest, is the most important thing in a high chair). The lining is easily wipeable, plus comes off easily to throw in the wash. The tray has a topper that comes off to easily wash in the sink as well.


Mamaroo - Again, I was skeptical about this one, but it IS worth the investment. It is basically a swing/bouncer, but it has motions that a baby actually likes and falls asleep with that mimic the way we would rock our baby. Plus, it has different sound effects and white noise, that again babies actually like and fall asleep to - not just annoying lullaby's on repeat.




Lactation Support Resources in Northern Colorado



1. La Leche League of Fort Collins

Nonprofit organization and support group           

Leaders: Jerica 970.980.6773

Laura 970.449.2437

Marissa 970.420.0341


2. Northern Colorado Medical Center Breastfeeding Support Clinic (Greeley)



3. A Nurtured Path, LLC

In-home services for childbirth education, certified lactation counseling, breastfeeding preparation and birth/postpartum doula care.

970.219.8072, 970.377.4293


4. Julianne Curtis, CLC


5. Nora Carolan, CLC


6. Amy Johnson, CLC


7. Frances Rabon, CLC


8. UCHealth Breastfeeding Support Groups:

 - MCR meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. on the lower level of MCR Questions? Call 970-624-5120

- PVH meets every Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon at Westbridge Medical Suites in the     Westbridge Conference Center. Questions? Call 970-495-8283



ICAN of Northern Colorado

The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC). 

ICAN of Loveland is not anti-cesarean, we are PRO-education and empowerment and believe women deserve support no matter their birth decisions or outcomes. 

Women who have experienced a Cesarean, VBAC, and CBAC are welcomed. 

Meetings take place every 4th Monday from 6p-8p at Bluebird Chiropractic in Loveland. 

For more information about our local chapter:
ICAN of Loveland, CO on Facebook

2015 Statistics - Placenta Encapsualtion

I thought it would be fun to share some statistics from my clients in 2015 and the benefits they experienced from my services and placenta encapsulation. 


I think it's worth mentioning Northern Colorado Placenta Services launched and started taking clients in July 2015 and I encapsulated 12 placentas between that time and the end of 2015.


These statistics are from my own clients this year, from those who chose to fill out the feedback form I send out a few weeks postpartum. I'm so grateful to all of you who took the time to give me feedback and share more about your experience with me!


This post might be a bit boring to some, but I love hearing about and sharing the positive effect my clients are recieving from placenta encapsulation during such an important and amazing part of their lives.


100% said my services met or exceeded their expectations.


100% said they are glad they chose to encapsulate their placenta.


100% said they would recommend placenta encapsulation to others.


100% said the investment of placenta encapsulation was worth the cost.



Benefits noticed from taking placenta capsules:


Increased Energy: 85.7%


Better Mood: 100%


Better Sleep: 28.6%


Quicker Healing: 71.4%


Increased Milk Supply: 42.9%


Decreased Bleeding: 57.1%


Feeling More Balanced: 71.4%


Less Times of Weepiness: 42.9%


Reduced anxiety: 42.9%


Decreased Insomnia: 28.6%


No Benefits Noticed: 0%


Negative Effects: 0%



A few testimonials...


"Caitlen is very warm and friendly, and answers any and all questions thoroughly, she did any amazing job on figuring out what would work best for me and my new baby!"

"Encapsulation helped with my moods and tiredness even more than I was expecting."

"Very fast turn around."

"I have increased energy and just overall love the way they make me feel. It's like my own happy pills made from me, for me! Love love love!"

"I have had a much quicker physical recovery than with my first and I'm sure the placenta pills are part of the reason!"

"I truly enjoyed my postpartum time!"


Postpartum Resources in Northern Colorado

Postpartum Health Resources for Northern Colorado




1. Julianne Curtis


2. Jessie Howard


3. Ronya Konecny


4. Nora Carolan


5. Amy Johnson



1. La Leche League of Ft Collins

Nonprofit organization and support group           

Leaders: Jerica 970.980.6773

Laura 970.449.2437

Marissa 970.420.0341


2. Northern Colorado Medical Center Breastfeeding Support Clinic (Greeley)



3. A Nurtured Path, LLC

In-home services for childbirth education, certified lactation counseling, breastfeeding preparation and birth/postpartum doula care.

970.219.8072, 970.377.4293


4. Julianne Curtis, CLC


5. Nora Carolan, CLC


6. Amy Johnson, CLC


7. Frances Rabon, CLC



1.  Dr. Lorraine Caron (Ft Collins)

Office: 970.797.2108 Cell: 970.232.8447



1.  Sarah Thompson Dpl.OM, L.Ac, Doula (Ft Collins)




1. Holly Carpenter



2. Nancy Goodman, A Parent Connection LLC (Lakewood)




1. Impact Chiropractic


3. New Beginnings Chiropractic


3. 100% Chiropractic




1. Caitlen Hathcock, Northern Colorado Placenta Services




1. Fit4Mom/Stroller Strides


2. Dancing for Birth

5 Reasons to Encapsulate Your Placenta

Maybe you've heard about placenta encapsulation and that it offers incredible benefits, but you're not sure..


Is it worth it? Is it necessary? What can it can do for me?


Here are 5 great reasons to consider placenta encapsulation:


1. Increase Your Milk Supply

Many moms worry about and/or struggle with breastfeeding. One of the most commonly reported benefits of placenta encapsulation from new moms is an increase in breast milk supply. 

A study conducted by The First Obstetric Clinic of Charles University reported placentophagy has a positive effect on breast milk production. Their study tested women anticipating trouble with nursing and 86% experienced a positive result from placenta encapsulation. 


2. Balance Your Hormones

Everyone knows the postpartum period can be an emotional roller coaster. And it's true!

After giving birth, your body will expeience a crash in hormones, because all the hormones your placenta was producing during pregnancy, labor, and birth, are suddenly gone.The placenta creates these hormones and steadily increases their levels during pregnancy and birth. Encapsulating your placenta allows you to slowly wean from all the hormones your body is so used to recieving, which brings us to #3.


3. Decrease Your Risk of Baby Blues/Postpartum Depression

Another common concern for new/expecting moms is baby blues and postpartum depression (PPD).

There are many factors that cause postpartum mood disorders, but the major shift in hormones I talked about earlier can be a contributing factor. As I said, placenta encapsulation can help decrease your risk of PPD because of its richness in beneficial hormones. Supplementation of hormones found in the placenta, such as estrogen, prolactin, oxytocin, and cortisol have beenproven effective in redudcing PPD.

Read more about postpartum mood disorders and when they usually occur here:!postpartum-mood-disorders/c17dj


4. Increase Energy

What new mama doesn't need a bit (or a lot) of extra energy? Recovering from birth is hard enough, but taking care of a newborn is obviously demanding too. Placenta encapsulation gives you the extra energy you need to take care of yourself and your baby when you need the extra boost most!

The boost in energy many moms experience from placenta encapsulation mostly comes from it's richness in iron, which is an extremely important element to postpartum health.

Anemia is a very common cause for postpartum fatigue. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that less than 25% of women start pregnancy with iron stores sufficient enough for the demand and 56% of women are already anemic by the thrid trimester. After giving birth, iron levels drop even further from blood loss. Studies show even for non-anemic women, iron supplementation can help with fatigue.

Postpartum fatigue and anemia are also significant risk factors for PPD, so increasing iron and energy levels is another way your placenta can help prevent postpartum depression. 


5. You Only Get One Chance

You only get one postpartum experience. You only get this short and precious time with your newborn once. It's such a special and important time in your life, and my hope is for all moms to get to enjoy that time as much as possible, and for the transition into motherhood to be as seamless as possible. You only get one placenta, and it is truly such a gift, not something to waste.


Learn more about placenta encapsulation services in Northern Colorado here:!placenta-services-and-pricing/cs5




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2. Hendrick, Victoria MD, Altshuler, Lori L MD, Suri, Rita MD. “Hormonal changes in the Postpartum and Implications for Postpartum Depression.” 1998.

3. Beacock, Michelle. “Does eating placenta offer postpartum health benefits?” British Jounal of Midwifery. 2012.

4. Gale Group. “Baby blues- pospartum depression attributed to low levels of corticotropin-releasing hormone after placenta is gone-Brief Article.” 2004.

5. Corwin, Elizabeth J PhD, RN, CNP and Arbour, Megan MS, CNM. “Postpartum fatigue and evidence-based interventions.” 2007.

6. Soykova-Pachnerova, Eva, Brutar, Vlastimil, Golova, Berta, Zvolska, Eva. “Placenta as a Lactagogon.”  First Obstetric Clinic, Charles University, Prague. 1954. 

7. F Vernon, B Burnand, C-L Fallab Stubi, C Bonard, M Graff, A Michaud, T Bischoff, M de Vevey, J-P Struder, L Herzig, C Chapuis, J Tissot, A Pecoud, B Favrat. “Iron supplementation for unexplained fatigue in non-anaemic women: double blind randomised placebo controlled trial.” General Practice Unit, University of Lausanne, rue du Bugnon, Lausanne Switzerland, Health Care Evaluation Unit, Institute of Social and Preventative Medicine, University of Lausanne, Medical Outpatient Clinic, University of Lausanne. 2008

Placenta Tincture: What It Is & Why You Might Want One

In addition to placenta encapsulation, I also offer placenta tinctures as another option to receive the benefits of your placenta! 

What is a placenta tincture? 

A tincture is essentially a liquid extract of your placenta using a small piece of it in high proof alcohol. It takes six weeks for your tincture to be ready for use - which is probably when you will be running low, or out, of your capsules.

A tincture is a great backup for your capsules since you don't know how many you will get (every placenta is different in size) or how long you will want to take them for the benefits. Store your tincture in a cool, dark place and it will keep indefinitely.

Tinctures can be used once your capsules are gone if you feel you still need the the support with mood, energy, milk supply, postpartum mood disorders, etc later on postpartum. It can also be helpful for PMS symptoms once your menstrual cycle returns postpartum, and some women even use it to help alleviate menopause symptoms in the future. It can be very helpful to have this back up even on hard days when you just need a pick-me-up. The benefits of your placenta can be extended for a long time, even once your capsules are gone, with a tincture!

If you have any questions about placenta encapsulation, tinctures, or other services, feel free to contact me anytime at or 970-396-7417.

Using Your HSA/FSA For Placenta Encapsulation Services

I am excited to announce that Northern Colorado Placenta Services can now accept Health Savings Account cards and Flex Spending Account cards for placenta encapsulation services! I hope this option will be a blessing to many families as a way to pay for placenta encapsulation. This service is so important to a lot of women in Northern Colorado and I hope this will allow more of them to utilize the option for their postpartum health. 

If you have an HSA or FSA and wish to use it to pay for your services, just fill out the form on the "Packages and Pricing" page of this website and contact me via phone or email to process the payment. You do not have to use the Paypal option on that form in order to submit it.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about placenta encapsulation and what it can do for you during the postpartum time, or any of your payment options to book with me.

Have a wonderful day!!

Homebirth Resources in Northern Colorado

We have some incredible home birth midwives in Northern Colorado, so I put a list of them together for families interested in birthing at home!


Barbie Burrage

Loveland, CO

Althea Hrdlicka

Mother's Life Tea:

Fort Collins, CO

Lisa Buxman

Windsor, CO

Lynette Chambers

Greeley & Fort Collins, CO

Kimberly Lenderts

Fort Collins, CO

Postpartum Mood Disorders - What You Need To Know

Postpartum Mood Disorders: What is Normal and When to Seek Help


Baby Blues:


*Mild depression interspersed with happier feelings, or as some women state, it is "an emotional roller-coaster".

Signs/symptoms include: Fatigue/exhaustion, feelings of sadness, crying spells, anxiety, irritability/mood swings, confusion, feeling overwhelmed, inability to cope, oversensitivity, inability to sleep, feelings of loneliness.

Occurs in 75-80% of postpartum women.

First time moms at a higher risk of experiencing baby blues.

Onset occurs 2-3 days postpartum, peaks 7-10 days postpartum, and is gone by day 14 postpartum.

**While baby blues are normal, if you experience baby blues you should still touch base with a medical doctor, midwife or other clinical care provider to let them know how you are feeling so that you can be followed more closely if symptoms persist.

**If you experience baby blues for longer than 2 weeks postpartum, talk to your care provider about possible postpartum depression. Refer to NCPS Postpartum Tips Sheet and local resource guide for professionals who can help.

Postpartum Depression:


*Depression that may start during pregnancy or at any time up to a year after giving birth.

Signs/symptoms include: Feeling sad, hopeless, guilty, anxious, irritable, angry, losing interest in things previously enjoyed, withdrawing from others, trouble focusing on tasks and remembering information, difficulty concentrating, learning new things, or making decisions, change of eating and sleeping habits, physical health problems, not enjoying new baby, having frequent thoughts of being a bad parent, having thoughts of harming themselves or their baby, PTSD.

Estimated to occur in 9-16% of postpartum women.

Risk increases to 41% among women who have previously experienced PPD.

50% of cases show signs during pregnancy.

Can affect both new moms and new dads (10% of men experience postpartum depression)

**If you think you may be experiencing PPD symptoms, talk to your care provider, refer to NCPS Postpartum Tips Sheet and local resource guide for professionals who can help.

Postpartum Psychosis:


*A rare illness, compared to the rates of postpartum depression or anxiety.

Occurs in approximately 1 to 2 out of every 1,000 deliveries, or approximately .1% of births.

The onset is usually sudden, most often within the first 4 weeks postpartum.

Signs/symptoms include: Delusions or strange beliefs, hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that aren’t there), feeling very irritated, hyperactivity, decreased need for or inability to sleep, paranoia and suspicion, rapid mood swings, and difficulty communicating at times.

Most significant risk factors for postpartum psychosis are a personal or family history of bipolar disorder, or a previous psychotic episode.

5% infanticide or suicide rate associated with the illness.

Many survivors of postpartum psychosis never had delusions containing violent commands.

**Postpartum psychosis is temporary and treatable with professional help, but it is an emergency and it is essential that the mother receives immediate help. If you experience signs of postpartum psychosis, please contact your care provider or emergency services immediately.

Postpartum Panic Disorder:


* This is a form of postpartum anxiety where the mother feels very nervous and has recurring panic attacks.

Signs/symptoms include: Feelings of extreme anxiety and recurring panic attacks, including shortness of breath, chest pain, heart palpitations, agitation, and excessive worry or fears.

Occurs in up to 10% of postpartum women.

Three common fears experienced by women with a Postpartum Panic Disorder are fear of dying, fear of losing control, and/or fear that one is going crazy.

Risk factors include previous history of anxiety or panic disorder, and thyroid dysfunction.

**If you experience signs/symptoms of postpartum panic disorder, please talk to your care provider. Refer to NCPS Postpartum Tips Sheet and local resource guide for professionals who can help.

Postpartum Obsessive Compulsive Disorder:


*The most under-reported, under-treated postpartum mood disorder

Signs/symptoms include: presence of both repetitive obsessions (intrusive and persistent thoughts or mental images) and compulsions (repetitive behaviors performed with the intention of reducing the obsessions), as well as a sense of horror about these thoughts.

Occurs in approximately 3-5% of postpartum women.

Most likely to occur within 4 weeks of giving birth.

The most common obsession is thoughts or mental images of harming or even killing one's own baby.  The most frequent compulsion is bathing the baby often or changing the child's clothes.

Unlike Postpartum Psychosis, these mothers know their thoughts are bizarre and are highly unlikely to ever indulge in the imagined behaviors.

Risk factors include: history of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and/ or negative feelings about motherhood resulting from unrealistic expectations.

**Talk to your care provider or refer to NCPS local resource guide for professionals who can help if you’re experiencing signs of postpartum OCD


***Do not feel afraid or embarrassed if you are experiencing symptoms of a postpartum mood disorder. It’s important to know it is not your fault and you are not to blame but you need to seek help, talk to someone, and receive treatment if necessary. There are many amazing care providers who want to help you recover!