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:
Gloves
Steamer for stove top
Fresh ginger and lemon
Cutting Board,
I recommend disposable cutting boards from Cut N Toss
Knife
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.
 

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.
 

 

Placenta Love


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"
placentanetwork.com
placentabakery.com
Google Maps Placenta Directory
Placenta Benefits Specialists
International Directory

PLACENTA DIY KITS HERE 

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.


HOPE THAT HELPS!!!

Cindy
EuphoricBirth.com
Euphoricherbals.com

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Comments:

quirk...
Jan. 5, 2014 at 9:46 AM

I am glad that I am doing research on all this stuff. My doula and I just cooked my placenta the other day and I'm going to grind it up and encapsulate it today. I've had it in the fridge since we worked on it. Excited to reap its benefits !!

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freem...
Jun. 15, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Hi! I am a new member, I found this page by searching placenta encapsulation and just had a quick question for the poster, or anyone who may be able to help!

I'm sorry if this is mentioned already in the comments, but I am a busy first-time mom who is about to give birth and need an answer quick!

Did you do this process as soon as you came home from the hospital? Or did you freeze the placenta for a period of time before doing this? I have seen another instruction guide where the mother kept it frozen for 6 weeks and I was just wondering if this was a necessary step or if I can begin the process right away to start enjoying the benefits! Any help would be greatly appreciated :)

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cali4...
Jun. 19, 2014 at 3:07 PM

@Freemind12 The placenta should be processed and dehdyrated by 3-4 days, ideally within 48hrs.

If it's frozen it has to be thawed slowly over a few days and this can diminish nutrients. By day 5-7 there is a hormonal dip where you will really need your placenta for support :)

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pellgirl
Jul. 20, 2014 at 3:33 PM Really great blog article! So helpful! Thank you!

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MCubz4
Jul. 21, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Hi I'm new and stumbled on your topic and was glad I did. Great info and didn't mind the photos--you did at least warn there would be photos--I think while it's kind of gross looking at first, the pics are helpful in understanding the whole pocess. I really want to do this for my now 4th birth and you did mention there are DIY kits??? One time use I could do then throw away?? Where would I get one for my own use?

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