"Thank you so much for the incredible service that you provide, you were professional from start to finish and I’m passing your details onto any pregnant friends. I have loved using the placenta capsules and have recovered so quickly postpartum. I’ve had great energy and been able to chase around my toddler as well as keep up with the feeding and interrupted sleep that comes with a newborn! I’m currently tandem feeding my toddler and newborn and have had a great milk supply. If I ever missed a capsule, I absolutely noticed the difference in my mood. I will definitely be encapsulating my placenta with you again with my next babies. so thank you so much! " - Maddie, 2018
"Felicity the perfect mix of very intelligent, professional and knowledgeable with an incredibly nurturing nature that immediately put me at ease. Her service was outstanding. She was at the hospital to pick up our placenta exactly when she said she’d be (keeping in mind babies don’t always stick to business hours I thought this was pretty impressive!) and was back before we knew it with our capsules, a tincture, a placenta ‘print’ plus detailed instructions and took plenty of time to explain everything to us. Months down the track I still occasional pop a placenta pill when I’m feeling a bit flat. I can’t recommend her highly enough." - Name withheld for privacy, 2018
“Felicity from Doula by Design went above and beyond to ensure my experience with her before and after birth, was a stress free and enjoyable experience. Through my many emails and questions prior to having baby Sophia, Felicity was always prompt with responses and very helpful.
Felicity dropped everything and came to the hospital hours after me giving birth to ensure the placenta was as fresh as possible. I was unsure about the placenta tablets as I had only done a small amount of research and took a friends advice to do so. My husband and I are so grateful we did as it has been the best experience.
With my first son I had severe post-natal depression, I was constantly tired and angry. I can not be sure it is the tablets but can only comment that this experience has been completely the opposite. I believe it is 100% the placenta tablets, as there has been three separate occasions where I have forgotten to take them and I was so tired I could hardly keep my eyes open. I do not want the bottle to end.
I would so highly recommend anyone to get their placenta dried and encapsulated as there are so many health benefits, but I love them as I have never been happier or felt better (considering I am only getting about 5 hours sleep a night), I am on top of the world! I can also confirm, I did not have the baby blues or even shed one tear after birth.
We would like to again Thank Felicity form the bottom of our hearts”
Thank you so much for your email. You go above and beyond in your services and you should be very proud , knowing that you assist so many mothers in their beginning stages of motherhood. So far I feel sensational. Milk came in on 3 and baby is feeding so well. 😊 Happy mumma - happy baby! Please find bellow a testimonial and please rest assure that I'll be sending more ladies your way! All the best and thank you again for giving Mason and I the best start possible.
" I only decided on encapsulating my placenta 5 days before my little boy was due. Felicity was so quick and easy to accommodate our needs on such short notice and she was so caring and clear on how the process and respect of the placenta would take place. After giving birth she came to collect the placenta within a few ours and returned with my capsules 24hrs later. I began straight away and by day 3 my milk had come in and with full force! I didn't get any pregnancy blues thus far and my energy levels are incredible. My bub was born via emergency c-section and taking the capsules has played a vital role in my recovery. I would most certainly be doing this again if we are blessed enough to have another baby is the future. Thank you again for giving us the best start possible" - Yanina Martins, 2016
I wanted to say a big thank you for my capsules! My reasons for wanting to do placenta encapsulation stem from the problems I had after the birth of my first child. My milk took a long time to come in which resulted in a starving unhappy baby and left me exhausted and feeling like a failure (and ultimately with PND). I lacked energy and everything got on top of me. I cried pretty much every day for the first 2 months. I'm happy to say it has been a totally different experience this time around! My milk supply has been great and my son has been gaining more than enough weight (he was born quite small). My energy levels, while still being sleep deprived, have allowed me to get out and about and carry on with some of my everyday activities whilst also coping with a 3 year old (which is challenging enough without a newborn!). I've had very few moments where I've felt unhappy and although I've still been emotional and shed the odd tear, they have been happy tears - the kind you have when you feel so much love for the little people in your life! Overall, I've felt so much more in control this time around and I would definitely recommend placenta encapsulation to anyone, especially those with children already. I also want to say thank you Felicity for your friendly and professional service. - Name withheld for privacy, 2016
"Am feeling so much better within myself this time around. I'm sure it's the capsules! I wake full of energy, which is basically unheard of for me! This positive alone has helped me adjust, and rise to the challenge of having a toddler and newborn to raise. This gig really is the hardest thing that I've ever done, but made easier with your help. So thank you so much; thanks for making this whole process really simple and also for checking in on me again. - Anita, 2016
"This time around I exercised (weight lifting) right up to my due date, had a 5 hour active labour, 30 minutes of pushing, delivered a healthy baby boy and am recovering like a champ. I'm full of energy, healthy as can be, ready to begin light exercise. My little man sleeps 5-6 hours x2 overnight so I'm only waking up once during the night and still have a great milk supply. My labour, delivery and recovery is absolutely textbook. I can only imagine the positive affects my placenta capsules are having. I truly feel like a superwoman :) I'll be seeing you in a few years when I'm ready for baby number 3." - Name withheld for privacy.
"As for my milk supply, there has been absolutely no issue with that right from the beginning. So refreshing and reassuring! I think that has been the biggest benefit from the placenta capsules for me. It has been by far the easiest breastfeeding experience of all my babies, and having been through the pain and struggles twice before, I'm grateful for it going to smoothly this time." - Name withheld for privacy, 2015.
I cannot rave enough about the capsules and your service!! I had such a good birth recovery physically, emotionally and energetically! I had/have excellent milk supply and have generally been so well!! I wouldn't hesitate to do it again and use your service again!! Also the tincture is amazing!!! I sort of forgot about it and Harvey and I ended up with a cold and I had a lightbulb moment.. And so it began... We got well so much quicker than my hubby! I have also used it to help with some mild PMS symptoms and low energy at times!! And recently I tried it as a last attempt with Harvey for restlessness and irritability at night with teething and it's the only thing that has helped that!!!! So thank you thank you!! - Carlie Hallyburton, 2015
"The placenta tablets were amazing, I really felt the energy and warmth of them, and compared to my first birth (where we didn’t use the placenta) this experience felt like I was tapping into a very personal and powerful resource to keep baby and I both balanced and well.” - Nicole Hale, 2015\
"Thanks again so much for everything, I'm so glad I decided to explore this option and I have definitely been recommending it to other mums to be. Thanks for all your communication throughout, it has just been a really lovely experience from start to finish." - Name withheld for privacy, 2015 "I’m so happy that I went ahead and did this.It’s been amazing and I’d highly recommend it!! I never want the capsules to run out! It’s amazing. " - Samantha, 2014
"The placenta capsules worked wonderfully, I'm very satisfied with the choice to use your services! Thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into making the capsules, tincture, balm and the placenta print!" - Claudine Wright, 2014 "I first found out about placenta encapsulation through a good friend who had just had her second baby. He son was born 5 weeks early and I was astounded at how much milk supply and energy my friend had so I set about to do some research. With my first 2 children breastfeeding was a real challenge and I was told I had low milk supply and needed to supplement feeds. It was all pretty stressful and busy. I couldn’t believe the difference this time around having encapsulated my placenta. I had tons of colostrum as I started the capsules within 24 hours after birth and my milk came in fast where it usually took 5 days. On top of that I felt great. No hormone crash or feelings of not being able to cope. It’s a very noticeable difference for me comparing the recovery to my other 2 children. I can’t speak highly enough of Felicity and the work she does for women and think it would be great to get the word out more to women. It was all a very easy process to organise and having the capsules so soon after giving birth is so helpful. Thanks again Felicity. Feeling quite attached to my pills lol!!! - Name withheld for privacy, 2014
"I have been taking the capsules for 6 weeks now and the results were almost immediate, feeling an increase of my energy levels and actually wanting to go out and do things. I'm feeling really great and haven't had any kind of "baby blues". I wasn't expecting to feel this energised and happy but cannot complain !!! I'm extremely happy that I decided to go through with the Placenta Encapsulation and was very impressed with the amount of capsules I received and the overall effect it had towards me. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is questioning about doing this. Go for it !!! You wont be disappointed. Thank you so much Felicity, once again so impressed!" - Teen mum, 2104
"I would like to share my recent experience with placenta encapsulation with anyone who is 'open' to the idea, particularly those that may just need a little nudge of encouragement to go ahead with it. After researching placenta encapsulation, I decided to go for it and told my husband that it was something that I really wanted to do this time round (it was my second baby). I was confident that I was making a good decision, and was excited to see how it would work out. So getting straight to the point, here is a snapshot of what I truly believe taking my placenta assisted with: - I felt great physically. My post partum bleeding was minimal and my recovery from the birth was quick...really quick! - I was in a good place emotionally. My bub was premature and spent 2 1/2 weeks in the hospital's Special Care Nursery. Nothing prepares you for going home from hospital and leaving your baby behind. Despite the situation, I was able to remain 'emotionally intact'. - My milk supply was fantastic which was a huge relief that I could provide my baby girl with more than enough breastmilk to meet her needs.
Here is the cool thing that I love...your placenta delivers results: - straight away; when you need it directly after the birth (regardless of the type of delivery you have) - the weeks that follow; when your 'birth high' subsides and sleep deprivation kicks in - years ahead; to assist you through menopause (ask Felicity about her tincture and how it can even support sisters, daughters and mothers in your direct blood line).
I appreciate that consuming your placenta is simply not for everyone, and that's ok. However, if you are considering going ahead with it, but still find yourself a little apprehensive for one reason or other, I would suggest you continue to do your own research about the process and consider what you will really value once your baby has arrived. For me it was a speedy recovery so that I could hit the ground running and be the best mother I could be for my new bub and toddler. I also loved that the very organ that nourished my baby in utero, would then nourish me postpartum and in turn my baby once again via my breast milk. Obviously I can't say for sure that my placenta was solely responsible for everything that I personally experienced, but I genuinely believe it played an important part. Put simply, if I have a third baby, I'd do it again. If you are feel like placenta encapsulation is for you, but just not sure who to use for the process, I had a fantastic experience with Felicity and can't recommend her highly enough! She is professional, accommodating, and lovely to deal with. I felt confident I was in great hands right from the start and Felicity delivered beyond my expectations. Thanks Felicity, I wish you and your family all the best xx" - Kellie Berwick, 2014
"After my first baby was born in 2010, I struggled with the baby blues. My emotions were all over the place, I would cry at everything and nothing, I had a really hard time regulating my hormones and establishing breastfeeding, and the lack of sleep wreaked havoc with my stress levels. At that time, I remember doing heaps of research and finally thinking to myself: I wish I had known about placenta encapsulation. Fast forward to just before my second baby was born in March 2013 - I was starting to feel anxious about how I was going to cope with a new baby and my 2.5 year old toddler at the same time, all on my own since we didn’t have family or help nearby. After chatting to Felicity, I decided to give placenta encapsulation a try. I had nothing to lose and to me it felt no different from taking supplements, except that I knew exactly what went into those little capsules! Felicity made it all so simple - she collected the placenta after my birth, worked her encapsulation magic and dropped the beautiful little package of tincture and capsules off to me within a couple of days. She even included a print of my placenta, which will be treasured by us. This time around, I did not have the baby blues AT ALL. I felt like I was on cloud nine, high on birthing hormones, and completely in love with my new baby and new family of four. Breastfeeding was established within a couple of days and my milk supply regulated quickly. My baby slept like a dream once my milk supply regulated and I felt well rested each day. Whenever I felt like I was tired and my milk supply needed a boost, or when my patience was wearing thin especially with my toddler, I reached for a couple of capsules and that always did the trick. I cannot recommend it highly enough! Best decision ever!" - Name withheld for privacy - March 2013.
"After planning a natural underwater birth I was extremely disappointed to find out my baby was in breach position. After two unsuccessful ECV's, acupuncture and many weird positions, I had to sadly opt for a c-section. This was something I was really worried about. My main concerns were skin to skin contact and immediate breast feeding. And of course my recovery was a huge concern. Felicity's advice led to me successfully having my beautiful daughter Arianni on my chest within minutes in theatre and successfully breast feeding in recovery. After doing some research I had also decided to get my placenta encapsulated. Felicity had offered me support and advice in the final weeks of my pregnancy and I was very confident in her handling such an important and personal thing. Felicity offers absolute care and professionalism. She went above and beyond before during and after the birth. She supplied detailed information leading up to the birth. We met and discussed all information and I was given a detailed pack with everything I needed. She was at the hospital within an hour of me having my daughter and returned my placenta capsules and tincture and ...... in a beautifully presented package the very next day. I cannot stress enough what a benefit this was. I started taking the capsuled straight away. My recovery was fantastic. I was up and walking with no pain that day and my milk came in within three days. I was also walking up to the local shops within a week. At no point did I have the feeling of 'baby blues' which is often described after birth. I truly believe that I recovered and felt so well due to the capsules I was taking. Comparing my experience with a close friend who also had a c-section my recovery was 100% better. I even recovered better than a couple of the mothers who had natural births without interventions, all due to I'm sure the fact I was taking these capsules. My fiancé was a little apprehensive about my plans early on but after seeing my recovery and how well I handled everything afterwards he cannot speak highly enough of the capsules and Felicity. I am happy to talk to anyone about my experience if this is something you are thinking of doing but want to hear from someone who has actually done it." - Holly Johnstone 2012
"Many people balk at the idea of ingesting your own placenta, but to me it seems so natural. And in pill form there is no weird taste or smell, it’s just like taking normal vitamins except that these tablets are made especially for your body. You made the whole process so easy and I really appreciated the fact that you had the capsules ready the very next day! Taking them I didn't suffer from any "baby blues" and my milk came in with full force after just four days. I also recovered very quickly from my extremely fast birth. I couldn't have been happier with the service and will definitely have my placenta encapsulated again with my next child!" - Anna Reed, 2013
Birth Support Testimonials
"Thank you so much for your support during my pregnancy and our daughters’ birth. It was a very scary experience and a very difficult 32 hour labour with many unforeseen complications, but having you there made me feel safe and reassured. I'm not sure we could have got through it without you. All the preparation we did made me so much more prepared and helped reduce my fears and anxieties. We feel very blessed to have found you." - Megan, Damien and Makayla xx
" I enjoyed our Saturday afternoons together leading up to the birth of my baby, where you imparted wisdom, gave me support, and shared with me stories of courage, inspiration and strength. The most significant thing of all for me was having you at the birth of my first child 'Mila'. Just knowing you were there with me made everything infinitely easier. I felt secure, safe and supported". - Mick and Lyla Hennig, December2010
" Thank you so much for all of your love, support and friendship leading up to and after the birth of Jeremy. We truly value our awesome friendship and would be lost without you. All our love, Mick, Lyla, Mila and Jeremy Hennig, May 2013"
"Thank you so much for all your knowledge, support and friendly advice over these past 9 months. On Manon's birthday I know Dave and I were so grateful to have you by our side and help us make those informed decisions and ultimately the right choices for me to birth Manon in a way I was 100% confident and happy with. Your feminine and natural approach to the entire pregnancy and birth was something I particularly enjoyed, and your support to help me strive for that. From massaging to holding my hand, to applying lip balm or just knowing when to offer me water without asking for it, all went towards delivering Manon a very beautiful and memorable birth". - Dave, Peta and Manon Bennett, August 2012
"I want to thank you so much for such an amazing experience. You were with Adena 100% of the way, and completely given over to her, above and beyond the call of duty. It was so good to be able to know that Adena was being looked after, as I was 'powerless' behind the curtain! I'm so happy that you were part of Nahara's birth, it was a moving, spiritual experience, being able to witness the miracle of birth, and we have already recommended you to friends so I hope you continue to be able to grow as a doula." - Moshe Feiglin, January 2012.
"Once again, thank you so much for being part of Kameya's birth. Your support and help made such a difference, and contributed to making the whole experience very meaningful for Adena and myself" - Moshe Feiglin, August 2013.
"Thank you so much for being a part of this amazing journey. Your insight and knowledge, patience and empathy made what may have been a challenging situation much more joyful and exciting. Much love, Meghann, Andrew, Elliot and Llewellyn, Sept 2012".
" I had my second baby in March 2013 and it was an incredibly empowering and healing birth experience. I truly believe that I could not have achieved it without the support of Felicity as my doula. I planned the birth of my second baby as soon as I conceived her and met with Felicity when I was only 6 weeks pregnant. I really wanted to avoid everything that happened with my first birth - induction, epidural, fetal distress, vacuum-assisted birth, no skin-to-skin contact after birth, etc, and after meeting Felicity, I felt assured that I was doing the right thing. She offered her endless support throughout my pregnancy, answering my questions and offering words of advice and encouragement. I knew that my husband would not be able to be by my side during the birth so I had to be sure that the doula I hired was a worthy replacement and was someone I could feel completely comfortable with and trust implicitly. Felicity turned out to be the perfect birth support partner for me! Thanks to her support and help, I managed a completely natural water birth less than 2 hours after arriving at the hospital. She was there every step of the way - picking me up from my home and sending me to the hospital at 5am in the morning, talking to the midwives so that I could concentrate on my Hypnobabies techniques, ensuring the water temperature in the birth tub was perfect for each stage of birth, keeping me hydrated, letting me grip her hands while I pushed my baby out, encouraging the first skin to skin contact after birth and helping me establish breastfeeding, and so much more. After the birth, she came to visit me at home and played with my boisterous 2.5 year old and folded my laundry so I could rest a little and have some adult company. She has become a much-loved friend of our family and we are incredibly grateful for her presence in our lives! Name withheld for privacy - March 2013"
"Thank you so much for all of your help and support. You were a rock during our unexpected home birth of beautiful Evelyn. The strength and levelheadedness that you brought to the situation made it all so much less daunting, we know that if you hadn't have been there it could potentially have been a very dangerous and traumatic experience, but it turned out to be the most amazing few hours of our lives! You helped not only me but Jon through the birth. Thank you for all of your continued support, you have become a great sounding board for me and I really respect your opinions. You have become a part of our little family and we hope to stay in contact for the years to come. Lots of love, Jon, Anna and Evelyn Reed, January 2013"
"Thank you for being such a great support. We can't think of having gone through the birth of Arsh without your support. Feels like you have become a really important part of our lives. Lots of love, Arsh, Isha, Raj, Nisha and Pinky, August 2013".
" Thank you so much for your support and help during our journey to have little Toni. Even though it took so long, it will always stay in my memory as a wonderful and special experience! Love Anja, Arvind, Paul & Toni, March 2013".
"Thank-you so much for all the love, support and guidance given for the much anticipated birth of our son. I really couldn't have done it without you. You were absolutely amazing and the encapsulated placenta was very helpful for my recovery and strength after birth. Hope we meet again soon! Best wishes for all your Doula adventures - lots of love Shushana, Amir and Eytaan". - December 2013