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 3:34 PM

Definitely hire someone to do it, I believe mom should be resting and enjoying her babymoon :o)

It cost on average $100-300.

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Feb. 21, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Great info, Cindy! Thank you for all that you do to support natural pregnancies, birthing, parenting, and living!  ~Mia

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Feb. 21, 2010 at 6:57 PM

thanks for the info! i feel like being able to have this done after you have your baby is like a gift from the baby. it is most helpful during the babymoon and after. beautiful!

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Feb. 22, 2010 at 6:55 AM When I saw the post I thought "What is so "adult content"?"... Ugh, anyway, thanks for sharing. It's amazing how our own body provides for us!

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Feb. 22, 2010 at 7:05 AM

Awesome!  This is definitely something I wish I did with Delaina's placenta, and will definitely be doing with any other placentas I happen to grow!   (although I may hire someone, or make Arthur do it)  

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Feb. 22, 2010 at 7:25 AM

I'm past my childbearing years, so this is a question of curiosity -- if you ask the hospital (I birthed in a hospital), will they just give you your placenta?

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Feb. 22, 2010 at 7:43 AM

damn...thanks for sharing.   i have always been curious!!  FINALLY someone posted the info on here.  LOL.  not sure i can do it,  however i find it interesting..


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Feb. 22, 2010 at 8:32 AM

I found this very interesting, such a shame that the 1st poster probably complained and that is why it was changed to adult content :(

AND, it says right in the journal why someone would want to do this, it lists the benefits! I guess some get so caught up in harmless photos they didnt take the time to read it.

Thanks for sharing Cindy!!!

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Feb. 22, 2010 at 8:35 AM

I'm past my childbearing years, so this is a question of curiosity -- if you ask the hospital (I birthed in a hospital), will they just give you your placenta?


You would have to speak with your doctor in advance, and remind them (or have your husband remind them) immediately after birth,  bring something to carry it home in, and either have it encapsulated within the next few days or freeze it... but yes, in most cases it is possible to have the hospital give you the placenta.  

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Feb. 22, 2010 at 9:24 AM

May I haven't had any problems with the clients who birthed in the hospital. Just put it in your birth plan, which hopefully is discussed during prenatal appts with your MW or OB. There is also a "Hospital Waiver/Liablity" for you can bring with you to the hospitall.

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