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July 28th, 2012, 11:50 AM
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What did you or are you planning to do with your placenta?

If you encapsulated it -- do you have any tips?
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July 28th, 2012, 01:36 PM
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I'd love to have it encapsulated, but it's so expensive here, and I'm too much of a wimp to do it myself, lol!
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July 28th, 2012, 04:58 PM
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We are encapsulating. My doula will be doing it.
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July 28th, 2012, 05:08 PM
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My doula and I will be encapsulating it.

There's lots of tutorials online if you google. My friend Melanie had a client who blogged about her doing it:
Placenta Encapsulation | Photos | Process | How To | LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Photographers
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July 29th, 2012, 04:41 PM
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Mine is sitting in the freezer. I'm not sure what we will do with it. I didn't anticipate taking it home. My midwife suggested planting something and using the placenta as a fertilizer.
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July 30th, 2012, 07:52 AM
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I want to encapsulate it but don't want to spend $200-300 to do it . And don't know if I should do it myself. Trying to find someone to do it super cheap! Maybe someone who enjoys it and will do it for free. Haha do they even exist.
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July 30th, 2012, 08:10 AM
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My MW kept my placentas and planted them. I will plant future placentas.
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July 30th, 2012, 09:12 AM
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I encapsulated mine, I would suggest keeping them in a nice cool dark place or the refrigerator. I actually encapsulate placentas as part of my business
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July 30th, 2012, 01:28 PM
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I encapsulated mine the day after Claire was born. It was supposed to be DH's job but I was feeling ok and she slept pretty much the whole day so I was looking for things to do lol. It was so incredibly easy. Makes my wonder why anyone would pay big bucks to have someone do it for them when it's so simple to do at home.

My midwife left it in a big tupperware in my fridge. I rinsed it under cold water and cut the cord off. I would have also pulled the membranes off but my placenta was really old so they came off when I delivered it. Then I steamed it in a pot on the stove in one of those veggie steamer baskets (fyi get a cheap one because mine was ruined after this). I also put some lemon slices in with it because I'd heard it can stink your house up but there wasn't much of a smell. Once it was steamed through I sliced it and layed it out on a baking sheet. I dehydrated it on my oven's lowest setting for what seemed like forever. I kept checking it and snapping off the pieces that were completely dry and then putting the mushy ones back in. I dehydrated the cord as well. I had laid it out in a heart shape but it shriveled up and looks like a dead worm now. Once it was all done I ground it up in a coffee grinder (this part did smell a little). It also took forever because I had lots of calcification in my placenta and they kept jamming the blades. Once it was all powder I used a straw to fill it into gel caps. I think they make something for this and it wouldn't have been so tedious but I'm cheap. Next time I think I may skip this step and just mix a bit of the powder into juice and take it that way. I took pictures of all of this if anyone wants to see.

Here is a pic of my midwife taking me on a "tour" of my placenta after Claire was born


and this is a cool pic where my placenta looks like a heart You can also see how the membrane came off during delivery.
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July 30th, 2012, 02:22 PM
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That's awesome! I'm excited to do mine this time! I did get a machine to fill my capsules and my doula is bringing her dehydrator over, so hopefully that will help too.
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July 30th, 2012, 08:18 PM
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I plan to take some raw frozen "pills" at first and encapsulate the rest. I haven't done anything with my placenta from previous births, but I had really bad ppd last time (lasted almost a year), and I sooo regret not having had it done!
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July 31st, 2012, 11:39 AM
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I ended up having a velamentous placenta so I donated mine to the birth center so they could study and show off to the birthing classes.
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