Benefits of Placental Encapsulation
Decreased incidence of PPD
Increased energy levels and helps facilitate faster healing
Lessens postpartum bleeding
Replenishes Iron levels
Promotes healthy breast milk production
Two ways to process the placenta:
1. Traditional Chinese Method
TCM method is believed by women of eastern medicine that for the first 40 days after birth a woman must only eat "warming" foods to help restore balance to her body. Thus the process of preparing the placenta uses "warming" foods such as lemongrass, lemon, peppers, and ginger to steam with the placenta before the dehydration process begins.
Raw method is prepared the same except that the placenta is not steamed with anything else prior to dehydration.
After birth the placenta must be placed on ice until the encapsulation process can begin. If, for whatever reason, the process is delayed beyond 48 hours, it is best to place the placenta in the freezer. Most of the time, depending on what service you go with, that company will come and pick your placenta up. Once the encapsulator has the placenta, they can begin examining it, removing any membranes or blood clots and cuts off the cord.
If the TCM method is to be done, the placenta will be steamed for 20 minutes with the herbal mixture prior to dehydration. It is then sliced into thin slices and laid on the dehydrator where it will take several hours to complete. For TCM method usually 8-10 hours, and 16-18 for the raw method.
After the dehydration process is complete, it is placed in a grinder and ground to a fine powder. Once ground it is placed in clear capsules and stored in an air-tight jar, and prepped for delivery to your house! I'm not sure if every company delivers, but the one I went with does and is included in the cost.
Prices will vary depending on the company you choose. Below are the prices for where I had mine made.
Traditional Chinese Method or Raw $225
Traditional Chinese Method and Raw $255
Encapsulation and tincture $265
A tincture is simply made by placing a small piece of your placenta in ever clear. You let it sit for 6 weeks, swirling it once a day. It can be used by both the mother and child in difficult times such as weaning, going back to work, menstrual cycles or for children experiencing teething, transitions, and weaning. The recommended dose is 5-10 drops in water or juice, 1-3 times a day.
A Woman’s Design Placental Encapsulation- This is where I had mine prepared!
I would recommend bringing two large zip lock baggies to store your placenta in after you deliver, just in case your hospital doesn’t have something to place it in. It would also be a good idea to bring a cooler unless you know beforehand that you have access to a room fridge or cooler that your hospital can provide you. (My hospital did not allow the placenta to be placed in the fridge, so we just placed it on ice until the encapsulator came and picked it up) I also made sure I had the number packed in my hospital bag or phone so that I could easily get in contact with my encapsulator and wasn't worrying about finding the number to let them know to come pick it up.
If you’ve been following along then you know I’ve experienced PPD in the past, significantly after having Oliver. You can read about my experience HERE… After Attikus I didn’t experience it nearly as much, but it did come in spurts, especially the guilt and anxiety but I was a MUCH happier mother, woman, and wife for whatever reason, and I think I was just prepared for what was to come. After doing some research and hearing all the great benefits I decided that I wanted to encapsulate my placenta this time around, with Sonny (Yes, this is my first time doing it) in hopes that I didn’t get PPD again.
Now I can’t really compare it to any other time because this is my first time encapsulating my placenta, but I will say that I think IT DID HELP emmensly. Other than the normal vaginal birth pains, I feel like I healed much quicker and thank god because three kids is no joke. I also feel like overall I was in a much better mood. Yes, I would have moments where I felt down or anxious or overwhelmed, but that’s motherhood and those newborn foggy days are real and hard and exhausting. I truly feel that I could of been in a much darker place had I not encapsulated my placenta this time around.
It’s hard to say whether or not it helped with my milk production because I’ve been blessed with a great milk supply with each baby. I’ve actually been pumping just once a day, right a way in the morning because I can never find time for the evening one.
Overall, I would highly recommend getting your placenta encapsulated. It doesn’t cost that much especially if your company you go with picks it up and delivers it to your house afterwards! The benefits to me are just worth the cost. If you have questions, leave a comment below and I will see if I can answer it for you! Thanks so much for being here and reading along!
If you would like to read about how to start a good supply or breastfeeding in general you can read about my journey HERE…