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Hi,<br>
I am interested in having my placenta dried and put into capsules for me to take in hopes of preventing/treating post-partum depression...I've heard that people do this, but I feel like it is unlikely that I will be able to do with a newborn and no experience. Is there anyone in the area who has experience and does this kind of thing as a service? I am willing to pay good money to make sure I do anything I can to deal with the possibility of ppd. Is there some other method of ingesting the placenta that I should be considering?<br><br>
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I know you can dehydrate it in an oven at a low temperature for a long time and it basically becomes powdery (never done it myself, but a friend did). I dont know of anyone who does it for other people, but please post back here if you find someone who does b/c that's a nice resource to know about!<br><br>
I just wanted to say also that if you feel there is a particular reason you may have PPD, then you might want to explore other ideas as well. it seems no one way is the perfect way for everyone. I've known people who swear by eatng the placenta and others say they didn't notice it helping. same goes with other treatments/preventions. a good quality cod liver oil is also a great thing to take while pregnant and after... that's my personal favorite. (sorry if you didn't want my opinion, I just wanted to mention it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I think eating it raw might be the easiest method. Just a few tiny pieces. You could even freeze it and kind of swallow it in tiny bites. Make sure you keep taking a good prenatal vitamin too. BTW, PPD has a lot to do with support and sleep. Nutritional and hormonal issues are often less problematic. Make sure you sleep when the baby sleeps, really. Everything else can wait!! Line up someone to make you meals and see if you can find help from friends and family as much as possible.
 

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I bought the equipment I needed and encapsulated it myself. It was pretty easy, definitely worth saving the money of having someone else do it. I've heard good things about eating it raw too, but if you're not going to eat the whole thing it's nice to encapsulate the rest b/c the capsules stay indefinitely in the freezer.
 

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Hi,<br>
thanks for all the advice. I am conidered at risk for ppd because of my history of severe depression...and I am already on anti-depressants and fish oil...I am about halfway through the pregnancy, and may have to increase my medication because I am having some troubles over the last few weeks. My family will help me after the birth, and I might also have a post partum doula. If I absolutely had to I guess I could eat the placenta...but it will be very difficult for me. If I can't find anyone to do this for me, I guess I will try to do it myself. Where can I find the equipment and instructions for this? And are there any suggestions for other places where I could advertise my need for this service?<br><br>
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thanks for all the advice. I am conidered at risk for ppd because of my history of severe depression...and I am already on anti-depressants and fish oil...I am about halfway through the pregnancy, and may have to increase my medication because I am having some troubles over the last few weeks. My family will help me after the birth, and I might also have a post partum doula. If I absolutely had to I guess I could eat the placenta...but it will be very difficult for me. If I can't find anyone to do this for me, I guess I will try to do it myself. Where can I find the equipment and instructions for this? And are there any suggestions for other places where I could advertise my need for this service?<br><br>
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not in your tribe-<br>
it is really very simple!<br>
you just rinse it, cut it up, place in a food dehydrator (or very low oven with the door slightly ajar), grind in a coffee mill and put in caps, available at the health food store
 

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Yes, it really is simple and it took me just a morning and afternoon. The longest part was letting it dry in the oven, and hands-on was maybe 1-1.5 hours. And altogether I think it cost me $15 for the capsules and the machine. Very cheap. If you have any questions about how I did it, let me know. I'm more than happy to give more detailed instructions and the website where I bought the materials. It saves you so much money, especially if you're going to have more children. Good luck!!
 

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I thought you might be interested in this book, Aimee:<br><br><a href="http://www.midwiferytoday.com/merchant2/merchant.mv?Store_Code=MT&Screen=PROD&Product_Code=MB01" target="_blank">http://www.midwiferytoday.com/mercha...duct_Code=MB01</a><br><br>
P.S. I'll help you with it if you want!
 

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My wonderful mother encapsulated mine for me after my birth last month, but I decided at the last minute to eat some raw in smoothies. I was eating a smoothie during labor and lost interest so I had her put it in the freezer and use that to add the first chunk to. I could absolutely not taste a difference!! I even had to ask to make sure she put it in. I had another smoothie each day for 3-4 days then she dried the rest. The capsules are great also, I just forget to take them! I wasn't concerned about PPD but had read about many other benefits and figured, hey, couldn't hurt! My bleeding was 95% over by 2 days pp. I'll definitely do it (I should say have my mom do it!) again next time and would highly recommend it. As for materials, all I bought were the capsules (at Whole Foods). My mom just scooped the powder into each one. There's a simple description for steaming and drying in Aviva Jill Romm's book: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FNatural-Health-after-Birth-Postpartum%2Fdp%2F0892819308%2Fref%3Dsr_1_4%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1205256559%26sr%3D1-4" target="_blank">Natural Health after Birth: The Complete Guide to Postpartum Wellness</a> (which is an awesome book for all mom's!)<br><br>
Here's a couple of websites for more info. Also, there are some great threads here on Mothering:<br><a href="http://placentabenefits.info/about.asp" target="_blank">Placenta Benefits</a> Jody's website and blog offer lots of great info even if you decide not to order her kit.<br><a href="http://www.geocities.com/virtualbirth/placenta.html" target="_blank">Traditional Chinese Medicine Placenta Preparation</a><br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=361394" target="_blank">Mothering Thread</a> ( 16 pages, but worth a read)<br><br><br>
I do know a doula that offers these services. PM me if you want her info.<br><br>
Good luck!
 
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