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Placenta Encapsulation

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

Hey all. Just wondering if anyone is planning on having their placenta encapsulated? I'm seriously considering having it done. I feel like I might really benefit from it. The going rate in the city I live in to have it done for me is $150....not sure if that's a good price or if it might be worth it to do it myself. Anyone done it at home before? Is it difficult, messy, etc? I'm not sure how gung ho I'll be to do it myself after the birth. Any input is appreciated. :)

post #2 of 20

she makes it look so easy! 

http://paxye.com/blog/placental-encapulation/

post #3 of 20
Thread Starter 
Very neat! I'm just not sure if I could do it...I can be very squeamish. The first 2 steps look like they would be the most difficult for me to get past.
post #4 of 20

DH was going to do it for me but with him being gone right now, I've made a change in plans.  I'm going to make a some essence and tincture and consume the rest as quick as possible throughout the first week PP in smoothies.  Intuition is telling me the faster I can get it all in, the more benefit versus if I were to prepare it and take a few capsules everyday.  Plus, this saves me from trying to prepare it myself.

 

$150 sounds like a very fair price FWIW.  It's really not that difficult to do if you can get past being squemish about it.  I get really squemish preparing chicken on the bone, beef, etc. but the thought of working with my placenta sits way easier with me...probably because how much I revere it.

post #5 of 20

I hear you, I think I would be squeamish too.  

 

post #6 of 20

Yes, I'm planning on it as well. There are a few midwives at the waterbirth center I'm birthing at who do it and the cost is about $150 also for that service. They do it right there at the center and so I will just take the capsules home with me when I leave. I think it's worth the money to not have to worry about doing it myself right after giving birth, plus I don't have all the necessary supplies to do it myself anyway.

post #7 of 20

I'd do it if 1) I had the money and 2) if anyone offered the service near me. But I am not driving to Toronto postpartum with my placenta, and I don't have the money even if I was up for it. Plus I assume I'd be too squeamish to actually eat it afterwards anyway. Oh well. I still haven't figured out how I can get rid of my placenta afterwards. They say to bury it, but I live in an apartment and can't do that here. Plus we are moving in May, and I am not looking forward either to taking it on the 4 hour drive with us, or to needing to bury it wherever we are renting there. We'd be near my parents house, but my mom would freak out if I mentioned it, and I know her dogs would dig it up, no matter how deep I buried it. Sigh.

post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by dealic View Post

I'd do it if 1) I had the money and 2) if anyone offered the service near me. But I am not driving to Toronto postpartum with my placenta, and I don't have the money even if I was up for it. Plus I assume I'd be too squeamish to actually eat it afterwards anyway. Oh well. I still haven't figured out how I can get rid of my placenta afterwards. They say to bury it, but I live in an apartment and can't do that here. Plus we are moving in May, and I am not looking forward either to taking it on the 4 hour drive with us, or to needing to bury it wherever we are renting there. We'd be near my parents house, but my mom would freak out if I mentioned it, and I know her dogs would dig it up, no matter how deep I buried it. Sigh.



I think that driving your placenta to Toronto would be a great plot for a movie. Think of all the madcap adventures you could have along the way! :)

 

I don't know that anyone around here even offers the service, and I know I can't do it myself. I get a little shell-shocked after delivery. Takes me about a week to even feel semi-human again. I might ask around and see what I can find out. 

post #9 of 20

I did it myself last time and it really was not hard or gross. The steaming was probably the only part that was odd...it smelled like blood(duh). The rest was easy peasy.

post #10 of 20

the doula I am meeting with tomorrow offers it and I am going to ask her about it, although I don't see being able to come up with $150.oo.

post #11 of 20
I'll be encapsulating my own. I have a dehydrator that I'll use and most likely I'll just put it in the garage while it's dehydrating. I'm going to use my (very crunchy) friends Vitamix to blend it up. And then I have an encapsulator that I found for $20:) The empty capsules were also a really great price- $6 I believe. Way cheaper to do it myself. I thought I'd be squeamish about chopping up my placenta with #3 but it wasn't that bad at all. I did it on Day 2 PP and cut it up into 1inch sized cubes to put into smoothies. I just froze them on a piece of wax paper and then threw them into a ziploc baggy. Just make sure you cut up the meaty part- no large veins, membrane etc. Then rinse before freezing or dehydrating. It's pretty easy! Also- you can dehydrate on a low temp in your oven.
post #12 of 20

I will be getting mine encapsulated.  I have a friend who does it for $175, and gives you the pills, a tincture and a salve. The only thing that may stop me from doing it is if I delay clamping for hours, instead of just until the cord stops pulsing.  I'm not planning on a lotus birth, but I don't want to cut the cord until I'm good and read, which may be minutes, and may be hours.  We'll see.  If that's the case, I'll bury it out at the farm where my horses are kept.  The old cowboy out there who owns the place said I could bury it next to the placentas of all his grandkids!  Some things surprise me - like old cowboys talking about placentas. 

post #13 of 20

I'm hedging my bets. I'm going to just freeze it, and if I feel the need for it (or DH recognizes depression symptoms), we'll break it out and figure out whether to consume in shakes or encapsulate. I have a dehydrator and magic bullet, but since I don't know anyone who will do it for me and I'm not going to do it for myself the first week, freezing is my best and cheapest option. (I have a chest freezer, so I'm not worried about temps.)

post #14 of 20

My midwife's assistant does it for $150 - takes it with her after the birth and brings it back encapsulated to one of the postpartum visits. I'm considering it, if DH thinks we can swing the $$. I haven't had PPD symptoms in the past (except kind of with the last baby, but my vitamin D levels were also insanely low at the time so I think it was more that), but I think I would benefit anyway. With 5 kids I'll need all the help getting back on my feet that I can! I cannot at all see doing it myself (very cool that some of you do, though!) simply because I just can't have one more thing on my plate (lol) at this point. DH would much rather pay the $150 than do it himself or have me trying to do it right after birth.

The one thing that I'm kind of running up against, besides the cost, is some anti-placentophagy views in my circle of Christian friends. It's not the "gross" factor, it's that they consider it cannibalism, which spoken against in the Bible. (Here's the article a couple of friends have sited:  http://www.visionarywomanhood.com/eating-the-placenta-a-christian-worldview-perspective/   I am a Christian, and this article is written from a Christian perspective, FYI, just so no one's offended. winky.gif)  I don't really buy a lot of what her arguments in the article, actually, but the clincher for me is that the Bible says cannibalism is wrong, and I'm trying to figure out if eating your own placenta falls into the category of cannibalism... I'm not sure that it does. Anyway, I'm working through that with DH... we both kind of lean towards placentography not being the same as cannibalism, but we both want to honor our beliefs and be true to them as well. So yeah, that's where we are!

post #15 of 20

I wonder about the toxicity of the placenta. My MW (from #6) said that she had a client w/a raging uterine infection insist on ingesting her placenta. That can't be good.

 

Also, I read that cooking the placenta destroys some of the (possibly) beneficial nutrients. Do you cook it when encapsulating or dehydrate it?

post #16 of 20

I am getting mine done raw, not by the TCM method, which is steaming with herbs and such.  As far as consuming it when you have an infection, everything I've read says not to do that.  If you get an infection of any sort you are supposed to stop until you are well again. 

post #17 of 20

I'm planning to have DH* or my mom prepare the placenta for use in placenta smoothies, i.e. just chopping it into small chunks and freezing them so it will be easy to throw a few chunks into the blender with some frozen berries and juice. I think this is the simplest way to do it and I've heard that eating it raw preserves the most nutrients. Maybe we will make a tincture as well, it all depends on how I'm feeling and what we're up for.

Encapsulation sounds like too much work to me!

 

*A regular part of his work is chopping up dead animals to feed to Tasmanian devils, so he's not too squeamish about that kind of stuff...

post #18 of 20
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*A regular part of his work is chopping up dead animals to feed to Tasmanian devils, so he's not too squeamish about that kind of stuff...


For real?? That's awesome - maybe not the chopping up dead animals, but the Tasmanian devils: definitely.

 

post #19 of 20

jennyvangy - Yeah it's a very cool job in a captive breeding program and he gets to go out in the field sometimes as well, which is even more awesome. Tasmanian devils are really cute/interesting creatures.

The down side is it's quite low paying and he is totally overqualified with a Master's in Ecology (most people with that level of education over here make twice as much as he does, but that tends to be in jobs which would compromise our environmentalist principles - e.g. working as a consultant with the mining industry).  So far we've been able to manage and enjoy the Tasmanian lifestyle, which is great. But later this year some decisions will have to be made about what's next. I hope we don't have to move back to mainland Australia - it's too nice here!

post #20 of 20

The going rate around here is $150 too.  I spoke with a woman two nights ago who had hers done locally, and basically the gal came to her home with a dehydrator, cooked it med-rare, dehydrated, and put it in capsules. I think she got about 90 out of hers.  She said it was a little "gamey" smelling in the house, but not as bad as liver, FWIW.

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