Well, I just encapsulated mine w/ a friend who studies TCM and it was an awesome experience! The basic order is to steam, bake/dehydrate, grind into powder for capsules. I didn't think I would eat it, but after we steamed it and were cutting it up, by the way, it's like roast beef (!), we went for it and it tasted very nutritious; lots of blood/iron taste. It was so different from what I expected, that I ate several pieces and swear that I was giddy afterward. By the way, our very protective, nurturing, male Akita couldn't stay away from the kitchen so we gave him some and he kept begging for more; in contrast, our female Akita is not friendly w/ children and wouldn't even touch it. Very interesting... I am taking 2 caps 3X/day for two weeks, which came out to 84 caps, plus my friend wanted to see if he experienced any lightening of his depressed mood (haven't heard the results yet) so he kept about 12caps. It's hard for me to say if it is the caps that are keeping me so happy, because this birth was so much easier than the 1st one. I had PPD very badly then, but this time it is the opposite.
As far as the trouble pp have had w/ getting the placenta out of the hospital, I will tell you how I did it, and I am the first to take mine home before the required 7-10 day waiting period: I called hosp. ahead of time to let them know that I needed it w/in 3 days of delivery and, at first, they didn't want to give it. So, I basically said that my PPD was so bad the first time that I'm willing to eat pieces of the raw, just-birthed placenta to avoid PPD this time. The nurse said she had to get her manager! I fully explained what I was going to do w/ it and that I needed it w/in 3 days. They decided to make me sign a tissue release form to be able to take it home w/ me. The other thing is that they only have a freezer at the hosp, so I had a friend take mine home immed. after birth. So, ask beforehand if they have a refrigerator at hosp if you're staying overnight. If anyone has questions about the encapsulation process or how I'm feeling, please ask. It was an awesome experience!