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!

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.
  • Decreases postpartum "night sweats".

        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?

The theory is you are replacing the hormones you lost during the birthing process. Each woman's placenta is unique to her hormonal make-up. 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
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.

2. Place on cutting board and severe cord at base. It may bleed a little bit. If you prefer to to the raw method you would thinly slice the placenta after you have cleaned it. Laying the slices on dehydrator trays(or in the oven), keeping the temp below 118F to preserve maximum nutrients and keep enzymes intact.


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2. If you are steaming it on the stove, wrap placenta membrane fetal side around placenta into a ball. Place 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 12-24hrs to dehydrate depending on method used.

Bleeding the steamed placenta

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. Slice as thinly as possible.

3. Preparing dehydrator, lining trays with parchment paper for easier clean up. Place in dehydrator for about 12-24hrs

My dehydrator, Nesco American Harvest.

4. Using a strong grinder, 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 one of the 3 herb blends I offer; "Mood Boost", "Iron Boost" or "Milk Boost". The blends have 3-4 herbs in them. I add about 1/4 weight of herbs of the total placenta volume. A little goes a long way :O)
I would also encourage you if you to try the herbs prenatally individually to make sure you dont have any adverse reactions to them prior to adding them to your placenta powder. Otherwise you may end up wasting your placenta pills if you had herbs to them that cause an adverse reaction - that would be a bummer!

5. Fill capsules. One placenta will yield *about 125-175 capsules*. You can use The Capsule Machine or Cap M Quik, it can be done by hand. I use capsule size "00". There are smaller size capsules available. The picture to the top is just placenta powder and herbs blended together.

The picture below is placenta powder blended with herbs.

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 two weeks. If mom has a history of PPD I recommend 2 capsules three times a day for a full two weeks. The following week she can cut back her capsules to once a day or two capsules twice a day.

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".

Containers they are stored in with instructions and benefits listed

7. Sanitize everything once while at mom's house. Spray with bleach solution and soak in hot water. Soak again in bleach solution and boiling water when you return home overnight 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.

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.



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Feb. 21, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Why would you do this for? What is the health benefits? Why show graphic pictures that may upset or disturb another? Just a few thoughts on this. For some people may need a heads up on the bloody graphic nature of the pictures. Hope this helps as it was meant too.

Have a great day!:)

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Feb. 21, 2010 at 10:23 AM

CloudWeaver, sometimes in life, you might see a little blood. It's normal; it's just life happening.

There's your heads up..  Also she clearly stated the benefits at the top.

Not trying to sound rude, but a LOT of us LIKE to know, and read about this info Cindy so nicely arranged for us to have.

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Feb. 21, 2010 at 11:00 AM

cloudweaver, it SAYS there are pictures. Really now, is this typical of CM? Just assume that people need to do things to make someone else happy. You chose to open the post, get over it. The benefits are also clearly stated at the top, apparently you didn't read the post.

Thanks for sharing this. I wish I had my placenta encapsulated :( stupid hospital stole it. Next baby, if there is a next, I am getting it done. Or cooking it up like liver LOL :)


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Feb. 21, 2010 at 1:52 PM

Placentophagy, ingestion of placenta, has been practiced for centuries. It is still a common practice in most countries.  Different countries have various rituals and beliefs about the amazing placenta. The Ibo of Nigeria and Ghana consider the placenta to be the baby's twin. certain regions of Siberia, the buried placenta is thought to be ill or uncomfortable if the baby becomes sick. Other ritual ideas could be to bury the placenta and plant a tree on the same spot.

           The placenta is thought to be rich in nutrients that the mother needs to recover more readily from childbirth. In Italy, women have been known to eat parts of the placenta to help with lactation. Hungarian women bite the placenta to expedite the completion of labor. And knowledgeable midwives in this country have their birth mothers take bites of raw placenta to help stop hemorrhaging, due to its benefitcial oxytocin content.  The placenta is considered rich in iron and protein, which would be useful to women recovering from childbirth, and a particularly benefital to vegetarian women.
          Pregnancy is taxing on the body, even if the mother follows the best of health regimes. The theroy 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?

For more information please read the following articles:
The Amazing Placenta by Sarah Buckley, MD
Placenta for Healing by Jodi Slender 


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Feb. 21, 2010 at 1:57 PM I had my baby 8 days ago--is it too late to encapsulate? we still have it in the fridge...going to move it to freezer if it is too late and plant a tree in the spring for my son. THanks for all the info, cindy!! Very informative and useful stuff!!

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Feb. 21, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Cloudweaver because this is MY profile...and my "journal" so I can post whatever I like :O) Honestly I dont care if it "disturbs or upsets" someone, this is good information most people do NOT know about. People have the choice NOT to open this journal post.

I thinki it's pretty clear when it says placenta encapsulation WITH PICTURES....one would assume you will see a picture of a placenta.

What is more disturbing really is that we are okay with prescription meds for depression, fatigue, low supply, etc that carry SERIOUS side effects (even fatal) but we wouldn't consider a natural supplement dervied from our own bodies with no side effects what so ever. Now that is upsetting.

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Feb. 21, 2010 at 2:00 PM

IF you did it ASAP it is not too late to encapsulate. Ideally the encapsulation process should be started within 3 days, but better late then never right? :O) If the placenta is frozen you have 6mos to use it.

You dont have to buy a dehdrator if you are doing just your own, you can use your oven on a low setting. Let me know if you have any more questions :O)

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Feb. 21, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Thanks for this information! My due date is in five days and I've been wondering about the process of doing this. The pictures are really helpful!

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Feb. 21, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Damn it CM again!!!! The changed my journal post to "adult content". Im sick of their damn censorship.

Yes this is very adult, totally pornographic! I'm PMing them - again!

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Feb. 21, 2010 at 3:30 PM

I really find this interesting...  thanks for posting this..  I want to have my next placenta capsulated, but wouldnt have the stomach to do it myself.. lol..  i think its great!!!!

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