I did it. I found and followed the recipe below for dehydration and then encapsulated. I have since learned that you cam hire people to do it for you, which would have been easier :)
However, I am glad I did it. My emotions were rocky in pregnancy, and a little after as well, but no full-on depression. I can't really say whether it made a difference or not, but I think it's worth it. Too bad you can't have them for those last 2 months of pregnancy, eh?!?
I also got sick of filling the capsules, so I tried mixing the powder into smoothies. Strawberry or raspberry covers the taste pretty well (like liver kind of, very metallic from the iron in the blood) and banana DOES NOT! Also, if you don't have a really good food processor, a coffee grinder works well. Just make sure you clean it before you're in-laws come to visit and you're stuck trying to make up a story about grinding strange spices for a curry, two days after the birth... while your husband was at the store... because he doesn't know what you used his coffee grinder for either!
Dehydrating your placenta
Instead of cooking your placenta whole, you can dehydrate it and then add it to meals! The following method is extracted from an article entitled "Thinking About Eating Your Placenta?" by Susan James, which appeared in the winter 1996 issue of "The Compleat Mother". It was discovered posted on a newsgroup noticeboard, so we cannot absolutely guarantee its authenticity, or that it is an actual verbatim account of the magazine article.
Cut off the cord and membranes.
Steam the placenta, adding lemon grass, pepper and ginger to the steaming water. The placenta is "done" when no blood comes out when you pierce it with a fork.
Cut the placenta into thin slices (like making jerky) and bake in a low-heat oven (200-250 degrees F), until it is dry and crumbly (several hours).
Crush the placenta into a powder - using a food processor, blender, mortar and pestle, or by putting it in a bag and grinding it with rocks.
Put the powder into empty gel caps (available at drug and health food stores) or just add a spoonful to your cereal, blender drink, etc.
The recommended doses vary, some suggest up to 4 capsules a day, others just one. Perhaps the best advice is to take what makes you feel good