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cali4niachef 08-31-2009 07:23 AM

Placenta Encapsulation
I've had several inquiries on the process of encapsulation. I figured it would be best if I made a separate post with instructions for those who plan to do it. It's really quite simple!

Pregnancy is taxing on the body, even if the mother follows the best of health regimes. The theory behind placentophagy is that you are returning the nutrients lost during the birth process back to the body to aide in quick and smooth postpartum recovery.

The benefits of placenta encapsulation include:

•Decrease in baby blues and postpartum depression.
•Increase and enrich breastmilk.
•Increase in energy.
•Decrease in lochia, postpartum bleeding.
•Decrease iron deficiency.
•Decrease insomnia or sleep disorders.

The placenta's hormonal make-up is completely unique to the mother. No prescription, vitamin or herbal supplement can do what one placenta pill can. How amazing is that?

Also the first born male placenta is the most enriched.

Supplies Needed:
Steamer for stove top
Fresh ginger and lemon
Cutting Board, I recommend disposable cutting boards from Cut N Toss
Capsules, 150-200
Dehydrator, I use a Nesco American Harvest
Food Processor or Coffee Grinder
Sanitizer and bleach

1. First take placenta, place in colander in sink. Rinse under cold water removing and blood clots. You can poke the placenta with a skewer to "bleed it".

2. Place on cutting board and severe cord at base. It may bleed a little bit.

Placenta Love

2. If you are steaming it on the stove, wrap placenta membrane fetal side around placenta into a ball. Place sliced fresh lemon & ginger in water in steamer. Put placenta in steam basket and cover. Steam on medium for about 15mins on *each side*. Bleed whiling steaming. Slice up placenta into thin strips at this point. If you are using a low oven to dehydrate your placenta, set oven to lowest temp. It takes 6-8hrs to dehydrate depending on method used,

Pretty placenta getting ready to steam, wrapped into ball with membranes

Bleeding placenta while steaming.

Steamed sliced placenta. Try to keep all strips uniform in thickness and length so they dehydrate evenly. I would then cut these in half again.

3. Preparing dehydrator, lining trays with wax paper for easier clean up. Place in dehydrator for about 6-8hrs

My dehydrator

Dehyrated Placenta Strips. Anyone for placenta jerky? ;O) Make sure you break this up to smaller pieces so the grind easier.

4. Using a strong grinder (I use a food processor), grind placenta strips. I hear magic bullet works well. You may need to break dehydrate strips in half prior to grinding. I broke a coffee mill this way and had to "donate" my food processor to the cause.

During the grinding process add dried herbs if desired. Per mother’s request I will add St Johns Wort, Red Raspberry Leaf, Blessed Thistle, and/or Alfalfa. I call placenta powder that has been blended with herbs “Power Placenta Pills”, they pack a punch!

5. Fill capsules. One placenta will yield *about 150 capsules*. I use a Capsule Machine to make the process easier, it can be done by hand. I use capsule size "00". There are smaller size capsules available. The picture to the right is placenta powder and herbs blended together.

Encapsulating "Power Placenta Pills"

6. Store capsules in refrigerator, they will keep indefinitely. How many to take in the PP period depends on the mother and her needs. I recommend 3 capsules twice a day for the first week, 2 capsules twice a day for the 2nd week. If mom is feeling run down, fatigued, low supply or emotionally fragile increase dosage. You can always take more a few months down the road if you need a "pick me up".

Finished Capsules

7. Sanitize everything once while at mom’s house. Spray with bleach solution and soak in hot water. Soak again in bleach solution when you return home and then run through dishwasher. I spray everything with a bleach solution and a Simple Green disinfectant cleaner. Make sure you spray work surface area too. You can lay out old newspapers, card board or a large garbage bag under work surface to help minimize clean up.

Packaged Placenta Pills

Where to find an "Placenta Encapsulator"
Google Maps Placenta Directory
Placenta Benefits Specialists
International Directory

Also email doulas and homebirth midwives in your area to ask if they offer this service or know someone who does.

To offer Placenta Encapsulation as a service its not regulated you take a training course, belong to an organization or be listed in a directory.


Cindy L. Collins

sjanea74 08-31-2009 07:33 AM

Re: Placenta Encapsulation to me. I'm curious WHY someone would do this? Not trying to start anything...I'm honestly curious! :goodvibes:

cali4niachef 08-31-2009 07:51 AM

Re: Placenta Encapsulation

Originally Posted by sjanea74 (Post 8264225) to me. I'm curious WHY someone would do this? Not trying to start anything...I'm honestly curious! :goodvibes:

In a nutshell it decreases chances for PPD, increases & enriches breastmilk, increases energy and helps shorten duration of lochia. Faster recovery!

More info here

mrsfive 08-31-2009 07:57 AM

Re: Placenta Encapsulation
I did it when I had G in December and it helped me A LOT!!!! I usually have PPD and had none - placenta is awesome.

cali4niachef 08-31-2009 08:06 AM

Re: Placenta Encapsulation

Originally Posted by mrsfive (Post 8264462)
I did it when I had G in December and it helped me A LOT!!!! I usually have PPD and had none - placenta is awesome.

That is awesome!

With my first I had no idea about it. With my 2nd just before he was born I learned of it but didn't think I "needed" it since I haven't dealt with PPD or BM supply issues. I probably wouldn't have been able to do it since right after he was born I had a respitory infection for a month followed immediately by a ruptured gangrene abcessed appendix. I was in the hospital for a week pumping and someone would bring in my baby once a day so I could nurse him and send home my milk with them. I could've REALLY used it when I got home from the hospital.

I do it for my doula clients though :O)

1blessedmama 08-31-2009 10:00 PM

Re: Placenta Encapsulation
I did it with DD2, and will do it again this time. I don't suffer from PPD or low supply or anything, but I think having the capsules can be very valuable. Plus, I can't bring myself to throw it away or put it in the dirt or anything. :laugh: I just encapsulated mine myself by hand (no encapsulating machine or anything).

temichan 08-31-2009 10:15 PM

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Wow, I wish I knew about this. Maybe I'll do it if I have another baby.

Michelle_M 08-31-2009 10:55 PM

Re: Placenta Encapsulation
This seems kinda gross to me, and thinking about it makes me gag. I had heard that some women do this, but I didn't realize all the benefits of it. How is the process done?

God bless,

harmoni247 08-31-2009 11:33 PM

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i was planning it for DS, but didn't get to do it (they had to run tests because of the premature labor)

but i have to say...

birth has never grossed me out...placentas have never grossed me out....seeing pictures of a placenta being cooked....well, it's got me feeling a little icky....i'm grateful that there are other mamas like you willing to do this....i would love the benefits, but it's definitely something i'm willing to pay someone else to do!!! :giggle2:

squeejitmama 09-01-2009 12:19 AM

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I just started learning about this after my acupuncturist mentioned it to me. I have decided to give it a try, the thought of taking my placenta in pills doesn't gross me out though I'm not sure I would be able to eat it either raw or cooked... that thought is just a little too weird, even for me. :giggle:

I too would rather hire someone to take care of this process rather than do it myself. I did find one certified specialist on (thank you cali4niachef for that link!) in my area who I plan on calling tomorrow. Does anybody know any other doulas or other professionals who service the East Bay Area (California) who will do this for new mamas??

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