Thank you all for being brave and talking about this. I am VERY impressed by the wealth of information in this thread and want to bump it to make sure everyone sees it. By the way, kudos on the good thread name (just asking regarding encapsulation)... I think something more blunt like "will you eat your placenta?" would probably keep the more squeamish of us from ever even reading about and considering it.
I had heard about encapsulation in passing with my first pregnancy but no one I knew had done it, so thought it was kind of "out there". I had a lovely homebirth waterbirth experience, but a rough afterbirth with partially detached placenta and serious hemorrhaging. Had I been in the hospital they would have done a blood transfusion, but I did recover gradually with an IV and iron supplements. It sucked to be so weak those first days, though! From everything you have been saying, it sounds like I would have rebounded so much better with the extra nutrients from the placenta. I now wonder why my midwife didn't suggest encapsulation (I would imagine because there is no such service in Costa Rica and she's not set up for it), or freezing chunks and consuming in smoothies as mentioned here.
I will ask her opinion for this second birth, but will probably go ahead and do the frozen chunk option as mentioned here.
A question though... I have never been good about cutting meats with knives, it grosses me out. You think that kitchen scissors would work just as well (and faster?) for cutting the placenta into chunks to freeze?