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Placenta encapsulation

Posted by on Oct. 21, 2010 at 12:29 PM
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My midwife asked me what I wanted to do with my placenta. I thought I might want to dry it out and take it as pills, but it sounds like a lot of work to do after the baby is here... wish I could do it beforehand, but obviously that's not going to work.

Any advice or personal experience is welcome.

by on Oct. 21, 2010 at 12:29 PM
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by on Oct. 21, 2010 at 1:57 PM

oh gosh, I had this whole long thing typed out and I hit backspace and made the page go away... Here I go again lol

So I was wanting to do this as well, but I don't think I can handle looking at it and cutting it up and all that comes along with it, and hubby is totally grossed out by the idea.  I asked my midwife what they normally do with them and she didn't mention anything about ingesting it.  When I mention it she said they DO NOT do it and doesn't want to know anything about it if I decide to, so they wont help me either....  So its not an option for me unless I get over it and do it myself... We'll see

I did find some places that will do it for you if you live near them, none close to me.  But good luck to you, would love to know if you do it or not!

by on Oct. 22, 2010 at 1:10 AM

I hired a specialist from It's rather affordable and they do everything for you and right in your own home. :) It's VERY much worth it.

by on Oct. 22, 2010 at 11:17 AM
There is a blog/journal post by cali4niachef on CM. It's a "do-it-yourself" guide to encapsulate it yourself. She has links to testimonials too :) I'll be doing this with future babies!!! You can call and ask local homebirth midwifes or doulas if this is a service they offer, too.
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by on Oct. 22, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Yeah. I looked at PBI and they have no one near me... I don't feel comfortable mailing my placenta- kinda destroys the sacredness in my mind.

My husband thinks it's icky... he's not interested in breast milk either although he supports my decision to breast feed.... I don't think he would dry out and grind up my placenta for me. My midwives support the idea firmly but do not offer the service. Good idea about checking with local doulas.

by on Oct. 24, 2010 at 9:33 AM

I did my own at home.  It freaked my husband out, but he was supportive to the extent that he let me do it and watched our dd while I did it.  It was a lot of work, but it didn't smell all that bad - kind of like dinner - and the hardest, most time consuming part was grinding and encapsulating.  I didn't get mine finished until dd was 2 weeks!  But for a few days before that I was grinding a little and filling capsules to take right then.  I wish I had gotten on the ball faster, but I was so consumed with bonding with my baby and trying to catch some zzzzzzs.  Plus, I didn't have and couldn't find a dehydrator and I didn't know I could do it in the oven at the time.

If you can find someone else to do it it would be optimal, but you totally can do it yourself!  I think my main problem was over steaming it which made it tougher than it needed to be.  If I do it again I'm going to follow a different recipe.

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