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Has anyone tried placenta encapsulation for postpartum depression and if so, what did you think??

post #2 of 9

I haven't but I have seriously considered it (and haven't completely given up on the idea, 4 months pp - my placenta is still in the freezer!)...  I have friends who have done it and even though they didn't suffer from ppd, they report amazing mood-enhancing benefits from the pills!  

 

After this experience, I do know that I will FOR SURE do it next time...  I just haven't decided if I'm ready to do it THIS time.  :o)

 

(side note:  I live in a small town with no access to encapsulation specialists.  If I could find someone and afford it, I would definitely hire someone to do the work for me!)

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I have and I believe it helped or worked. I had PPD for a year after my ds1s birth. I was very concerned for the birth of my second son so I encapsulated my placenta. I didn't have any baby blues or PPD and really felt great after his birth. I encapsulate for other women and it's been pretty consistent.

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I think you can buy a kit to encapsulate your placenta at placentabenefits.info.  The last time I checked they were out of the full fit though.  But you could probably find a kit somewhere online.  I'm planning to do it since I have a history of depression and my emotional state has been pretty fragile since I got pregnant.  My midwives do the the encapsulation for me thankfully.  I don't think I'd have the energy to do it myself after giving birth and I don't think DH could handle it. 

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Yes, I did.  My husband sliced & dehydrated it.  Then we ground it up in the Cuisinart and put the powder into vege capsules.  No postpartum depression and they were not a problem to stomach at all.

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I think you can buy a kit to encapsulate your placenta at placentabenefits.info.  The last time I checked they were out of the full fit though.  But you could probably find a kit somewhere online.  I'm planning to do it since I have a history of depression and my emotional state has been pretty fragile since I got pregnant.  My midwives do the the encapsulation for me thankfully.  I don't think I'd have the energy to do it myself after giving birth and I don't think DH could handle it. 



Just to add to the placentabenefits kit. The kit usually always says it's out, but it's not. You have to email them about it, because the creator will only give the kit out if there are no placentabenefits trained encapsulators in your area. She is afraid that if she lets just anyone buy the kit then they'll use that to train themselves to offer the services to other women.

post #7 of 9

We are considering a fourth baby and I had PPD pretty bad (for well over a year) after the last one. I didn't have it at all after the first two. In investigating PPD and what I could do to try to lessen my chances of having it again, I came across placenta encapsulation. I was so interested in it that I now offer it as a service in my area. My clients tell me that they feel that the capsules have helped them feel even and stable in their moods.

When and if we have another one, I will ABSOLUTELY be encapsulating my placenta. smile.gif

post #8 of 9

Given that we transported from a planned homebirth to a hospital birth, and my relationship with my mom has gottened very strained since baby was born, you'd think that having had PPD twice before I'd be a shoe in for it this time.

 

I honestly think that the placenta capsules have made a huge, huge difference. Like, if I start to feel the crazy build, I take a couple and I calm right down. It was so clear the placenta was helping early on that my teenager voluntarily made smoothies if she saw me get teary.

 

I wish, wish i'd done it with my other two kids.

 

It's also been helpful with the physical healing. I've yet to meet anyone who regretted using placenta medicine. 

 

I had epic PPD the first time, and really long lasting depression the second time.

 

I've felt the edges of the abyss this time, but the placenta has been my guard rail and my ladder. 

post #9 of 9

There is a fantastic organization in Maryland called Gourmet Placenta that actually does placenta encapsulation nationwide. They developed a process to get the placenta from you quickly. Their website is www.GourmetPlacenta.com I highly recommend them.

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