I was wondering what other mamas were planning to do with the placenta? After my first son's birth we froze it until we were ready to plant it under a tree (he was born in the middle of winter, so we waited until spring). My midwife and I have been discussing the idea of freezing small chunks of the placenta this time and then adding them to smoothies for me to eat in the first couple weeks after the birth. My midwife thought that frozen chunks would retain their nutrients better than dried capsules (which I would have to make myself if I went that route and that sounds like a real pain to do). I have to admit that I am still a little squeamish about the idea of placenta smoothies, but I know it will probably make me feel a lot better. What are you planning to do?
I was going to do encapsulation, but the woman in my area who provides the service charges 100 dollars less for "fresh preparation." Not sure what that entails, but basically it means I'd be eating it in chunks, like you, the first 14 days after the birth.
I'm a little grossed out by it too, I admit. But I've struggled with pretty severe depression in my life, and I'm really anxious about my high risk of PPD. Anything that offers a glimmer of hope of avoiding it, I'll do it, no matter how gross. :)
my mw's assistant will be encapsulating mine. I'd prefer to go the "whole & fresh" route but I don't trust myself to make smoothies regularly and even if I did, I know I'd get tired of them. with the capsules I can just add them to my pill case with my prenatal & DHA and I'll be set. I don't think I'm at an increased risk for PPD but i'd rather take an ounce of prevention than find out
I haven't decided yet. My former midwife offered to encapsulate it for $50... but we just moved and I think it costs quite a bit more here. And we really don't have any extra money due to the move. I don't think I could stomach eating it in smoothies... and there is NO chance of me convincing DH to cut it up for me.
I'm thinking of burying it in one of my mom's flower gardens. She'll probably roll her eyes, but I don't like the idea of just throwing it in the dumpster.
I found this discussion about smoothie recipes. Since I love smoothies anyway, I am hoping this will be easy
It's really not as gross as you think. Something about it just seemed natural to me- probably because almost every single mammal species eats their placenta after birth. Last time around I started with a fresh chunk right after delivery and I barely bled at all. My MW and OB still remember being amazed at how little I bled. DH cut 1/2 into chunks that I ate in the first two weeks and then dried the rest at a low temp for encapsulation and I took those for at least 2-3 weeks more. I never had PPD, night sweats, acne or any of the lovely pp hormonal probs and I tend to chalk it up to the placenta (and a good pp iron & vitamin rich diet). I plan to do the same thing again except MIL will be here so who knows how I will do it without her snooping- and then sharing with the whole huge family...
I experienced really bad PPD after #1, so I went the encapsulation route after #2. I payed $250 for the service and I would willingly pay more to do it since I really feel it helped during my entire recovery and overall mood. We moved from CO to CA when #2 was 3 weeks old, and despite all of the changes happening at that time I was able to keep a level head. I don't know if I was just in a better place mentally, or if it was my "happy pills." Unfortunately, most of my pills were destroyed during our move (someone put the container in the ice chest and water got in a dissolved most of the gelatin capsules).
My midwives with this baby offer placenta encapsulation as part of their general services, and I am SO going to take them up on it. I'm a lot squeamish about the whole & fresh route, so this works for me! Hopefully soon I'll even be able to take the Placenta Benefits course so I can start helping other women by encapsulating their placentas for them as well. I'm a believer in the powers of the placenta, for sure! LOL.
I really can't afford to pay to do encapsulation, so I may talk DH into letting me do the placenta smoothie (which he may not even care...). We just need to not tell ANY family... I posted the placentabenefits.info website a few months ago on facebook and my mother had a cow. She called it cannibalism. Bubble of peace.... bubble of peace...
I had pretty bad PPD with DD, Rescue Remedy helped some with DS, but I don't have the time/energy to deal with it this time!
I'm going to be encapsulating mine. I am seriously considering doing the smoothie route the first day or so but I too am really squeamish about it. My friend did a smoothie back in Dec and the person that made it for her didn't blend it enough so she got a chunk of placenta which I think would just be the end of trying it for me but she told me I should, she said she felt totally different after this birth than with her other 2 where she just did encapsulation.
I'm glad so many of you have the encapsulation option. It would be nice to have both fresh and capsules, but I live in a super tiny, remote town, so there just really isn't that option for me (unless I do it myself). My midwife will do the fresh prep for me. At my previous birth this same midwife had told me that she would insist on feeding me a placenta smoothie if I bled a lot, but she was surprised at how little I bled. I am hoping that the same holds true this time, but would love a little help with the emotional roller-coaster during those first couple weeks.
DD's is still in the freezer and she just turned 4 1/2!! We don't have room for another, so I think I'm going the encapsulation route...
I'd love to try encapsulating this time. DD #1 was a hospital birth so I was only allowed to view the placenta before it became bio-waste. With DS (#2) I prepped the placenta myself and cut it into small chunks which I froze and dropped 2-3 at a time into warm water to soften them up and just took 'em like pills. I felt SO much better after DS than w/ DD. Baby #2 (another girl) I planned to do the same thing as w/ DS, but I don't think I even got around to taking any. I *might* have the first couple days, but as of right now...most of the placenta is still in the freezer-after 2 years!
If I can't find a place that will do encapsulation for a price we can afford, than I'll go the same route as w/ DS.
This is our plan too! Sometime it will happen... We are in a rental, so I want to be in our own place before we plant them, or else get around to taking them to my mom's lovely garden..