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Placenta Encapsulation

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

Is anyone planning on encapsulating their placenta? Has anyone had this done in the past? Did you notice a difference with the "baby blues" or any other postpartum issues?


It runs about $200 in my neck of the woods but since I have a history of anxiety/depression, I think it might totally be worth it.

post #2 of 20

I was all gung ho about it after our hypnobirthing instructor told us her beliefs about how helpful it is for postpartum recovery and depression.  We get it for a good deal too since she does it for 1/2 the cost for her students.  But, yesterday they had a story on ABC news about it and it made me second guess myself.  I'm wondering about others first hand experience too.  Here's the article.  http://abcnews.go.com/Health/w_ParentingResource/placenta-pills-prevent-post-partum-depression/story?id=14231057#.T3Rpuo5y_Tx and http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/03/26/mad-mom-january-jones-eats-her-own-placenta/

post #3 of 20
why did the stories make you second-guess yourself? the fact that they haven't conducted clinical trials doesn't mean that there's no potential benefit to it. it just means that it hasn't been deemed worthy of funding for research yet. one clarification for that first article - most, not some placental mammals eat their placentas, and there is no consensus among animal behavioralists as to why. there are a number of theories, and the nourishment theory is just one of them.

I'm encapsulating my placenta because I've heard a lot of anecdotal evidence that it has been helpful. I've also heard stories about how it hasn't done a thing, but I can't say that I'll regret spending $250 trying. my naturopath costs $300 a visit, anyway, and a good course of therapy costs way more.
post #4 of 20

I have major issues with both of those articles. They make it seem like placenta encapsulation is this scary thing, but then state that there is no evidence to the contrary.

My thing is, if it's not going to hurt someone, then don't bash it.

post #5 of 20

I am definitely having my placenta encapsulated. There is a lady in my area that will come to my house and do it for me 24-48 hours after the birth and I am so excited about it! It is about $200, but I think it will be money well spent. I have read about so many women who find it helpful and that information is more valuable to me than an ABC news story. Sure, it might not do anything, but like maryam said, I am not going to regret spending the money trying!

post #6 of 20
I've heard positive things about it on mdc and elsewhere on the internet but I've never met anyone who did it in real life. I found an acupuncturist who's worked with my midwives in the past and I think I'm going to do it. $250 is her rate and that's a bit of a reach for us financially, but since I did have mild ppd with both my previous births; I'm willing to take a chance on this given what I've heard.
She will come to the hospital and pick it up within 24 hrs of the birth and deliver it to us 3-5 days later steamed, dehydrated and encapsulated with ginger, pepper and citrus peel.
I'm hoping it makes a difference because quite honestly...I'm dreading the emotional/psychological fallout of not being pregnant more than labor or anything else. I can't wait to meet baby, but I feel so amazing mentally this pregnancy (all that extra qi/chi whatever maybe. smile.gif), I'm sort of anticipating a big letdown when it's over. :-/

Anyone here who's actually consumed their placenta want to chime in? Does anyone think there's a difference in benefits from eating it fresh vs cooked and encapsulated? (I'm having a hospital birth so there's no chance I'll be chopping mine up into cubes and making smoothies ;-))
post #7 of 20

Now we are getting to the good stuff! LOL My MW claims her partner will do it for $50. We are having a home birth and she is coming with her for the next pre-natal visit. It's the big 36 week home visit so I will ask her about it!


We are SO low income I really don't want to do it myself though.

post #8 of 20

I can't find anyone in my area who does it, but also don't have the money to spend on having someone else do it, so I am likely going to do it myself.

It seems fairly straight forward, and I have everything I need to do it except the empty capsules.

post #9 of 20

I encapsulate placentas for people- I charge $150.  I've heard people say it makes a huge difference so I am excited to FINALLY try it out myself this time.  We couldn't afford to do it last time and didn't know about it the first time.  Yay placentas!!  Haha.

post #10 of 20

I do placenta encapsulation as a business. I have someone coming today to drop off a placenta (I charge $50 less if someone else does the driving). It's incredibly straight forward, just time consuming (and most of the time is waiting for 

I'm planning to do my own- the idea of paying someone else $150 for something I've done... um, 6 times now?... seems really stupid.


Sosu, if you can get it for $50 then do it! I also offer payment on sliding scale or barter/trade. I traded encapsulation for 3 batches of muffins and 3 hours of website design once. A lot of people in this business are very reasonable if you ask about other options or lower payments, spreading out payments, etc.


I did a few placenta smoothies with my second, but never encapsulated. I only did them for the first... 4 days or so? The idea was disgusting, but they didn't really taste like anything except fruit. I found I bounced back a lot faster after his birth, but never sure if it's related to the placenta or just how second births go.

post #11 of 20

I'm going to have my placenta encapsulated this time around.  I have a history of depression, and this pregnancy has been very hard on me emotionally, so I am really hoping that it helps ease any baby blues or PPD that I might experience.  There's a gal who does it locally for $150, which includes pickup and delivery, she was recommended by my midwife.  $150 is a LOT of money to me, and I really strongly considered doing it myself.  My mom has a professional grade dehydrator that I could borrow.  I was worried about having the energy or motivation to do it, or if I would put it off and it would sit in my fridge for days until I was unsure if it was still good.  Or if I would mess it up somehow.  I figure I only get one placenta, so better I leave it to someone who knows what they are doing.   Also the idea of taking the capsules doesn't gross me out at all, but I was not sure how I would feel about cutting it up.  I might not be able to handle it.  Somehow I don't think I'd have a problem doing it for someone else, but for myself it might be too much.  

post #12 of 20

We're definitely planning on placenta encapsulation - and thanks for this thread, I'd forgotten that I need to contact someone about that!


The person my midwife recommended charges $200. There is the option of her encapsulating the entire placenta, or encapsulating half of it and making a nice stir-fry with the other half. I also know a really nice mama who suggested I chop it up and freeze it, and then add it to smoothies, which is what she did with hers- she even offered to chop it up for me!


I think I'll have to go with the full encapsulation though - as a vegetarian, the stir-fry sounds like too much, and the idea of a "meat smoothie" sounds horrifying to me.

post #13 of 20
Thread Starter 

I met with the woman who is going to encapsulate last week and she was great! She uses the Chinese medicine method. I guess there's going to be about a pint of broth for me to consume (if I want) within 24 hours of the birth. Then I'll have between 100 and 200 capsules to last the rest of postpartum. I guess the bigger the baby, the bigger the placenta! Yet another plus for a nice healthy 10 pound baby!


Has anyone drunk the broth? What does it taste like?

post #14 of 20

Broth, huh?


I hope she's straining it. It looks... hrm.... I guess like a raw beef broth would look, I suppose? Darker in colour, though, and with more little bits floating in it. If she's using the TCM method it will smell amazing with all the ginger and lemon but I don't think I'd want to drink it, personally.

post #15 of 20

Yes, thanks for the reminder. I thought about it at the beginning of this pregnancy, then forgot. My midwife's partner does it for $75, and the midwife will drop it at her house on the way home from the birth! I cried for about a month after dd was born. My hormones were so wild. I wasn't "depressed," just not in control. I hope this helps. I'm looking forward to it.

post #16 of 20

I'll be doing it too.  I discussed it with my MW yesterday, and she does it.  Although I could actually do it myself if I wanted to, I have a dehydrator.   


There are several ways to do it - some people dehydrate the raw placenta, and some cook it with herbs before dehydrating. 


I finally decided that I just really needed to do it.  I'm going to have her reserve a chunk of it though to plant with the boys' placentas.  I would feel really weird about having the boys' placentas planted and not this baby's.  Yet at the same time I had really bad PPD with DS, and I need to do my best to avoid that this time. 

post #17 of 20

I keep going back and forth on PE. Somedays I feel really gung-ho about it, and other days I second guess myself and wonder whether it's necessary and if it really helps and all that. Since this is my first baby I don't know how my hormones respond post-childbirth. But I can have pretty crazy mood swings with PMS, I'm so super sensitive to hormonal birth control that I refuse to consider it, and I did have a pretty intense emotional reaction post-miscarriage. Also--my mother reports having had pretty bad PPD after all 3 of her births. It's totally worth a try, right?


If I do it, any reasons for going with the TCM method with the herbs vs going with the capsules that only contain placenta? Anybody tried a tincture before? The doula I'm probably using does all of the above.

post #18 of 20
Arianrhod, I think it's totally worth a shot! This is my 3rd baby and although I never had PPD, I was very emotional, lost a LOT of hair pp, and just had a hard time feeling "normal" again after giving birth. I figure it is definitely worth a shot to encapsulate the placenta. I don't know if it will do anything at all, but I am hopeful and very excited about it.
post #19 of 20
Thread Starter 

So far I'm a huge believer in encapsulation! I'm taking two capsules four times a day. I'm on day 5 since my c-section and my milk has come in, my bleeding has virtually stopped, my energy is high (especially considering I'm not sleeping much at night) and my mood is fairly stable - only one meltdown so far that was mostly fueled by happy tears.


Also, usually the woman who encapsulates gets around 100 capsules per placenta. Oscar's placenta made 211 capsules! A record for her! I'm so proud. :)

post #20 of 20
Thank you so much for posting your experience Poppy! I've decided to save mine and do it myself (we wanted to buy a dehydrator anyway) and I'm so glad to hear real experiences. smile.gif
And wow! 211 caps! That's crazy! do you know how much your placenta weighed? Mine with DD2 (who was 8lbs) was 3lbs...
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