Hello all!

I just wanted to get anyone's thoughts on placenta encapsulation. I am in the process of researching it and would love any feedback, stories, or thought from anyone who knows anything at all about this process.

After talking to my midwives and doing a bit of online research (Placentabenefits.info), it sounds like a good idea.

Just wanted to hear any opinions

Aloha!

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Thank you Sarah! I love your website!!!! It's now on my bookmark bar. :) I will definitely be looking out for that interview. Happy Mother's Day to you!

Aloha,

Coralissa
I had my placenta encapsulated by my midwife's assistant. The capsules lasted me about 2 months, and then I switched to taking Evening Primrose Oil, which I understand also helps with hormone balance. I think that it helped. I didn't have any real issues with ppd, maybe just some baby blues that passed quickly, after the birth of my first son (without having the placenta encapsulated), but wanted to do it this time around just because I could, and I figured it couldn't hurt, right?!
The placenta is dried and then encapsulated. You start out taking about 2 every day for a period of time and then you go down to 1 a day. Your midwife will give you the information, but I did it and experienced absolutely no postpartum depression. I had my daughter at a birth center 2 years before but didn't get the placenta encapsulated and experienced ppd. I didn't realize it at the time. I just thought I was being a bad mom by having such negative thoughts about whether or not my daughter loved me, but looking back, I realize that I was experiencing some ppd. I'm not sure if the capsules are the sole reason why I didn't experience any ppd, but the bond that I felt with my second child was so much easier and more natural without all of my hormones raging out of control. I would encourage you to do it. Keep it refrigerated. Supposedly you can give it to your child (not the capsules), but small doses of the ground up placenta and he or she will connect with the hormones, but I didn't do this. I tried taking the capsules after some months of not taking them and I suppose everything levelized by then because it made me nauseous almost immediately and gave me a sort of stomach ache or cramp, so not sure about taking it long after you've given birth.

Keep researching. I would do this again if I gave birth to a 3rd child.
Thank you Jill for your response!
I loved my experience with having my placenta encapsulated.

My fist birth was extremely traumatic. Afterward I was blank; I think I walked around in a daze at best. I was distant, lethargic, uninterested in life. Things I cared about were no longer important. I would wake in cold sweats with horrific nightmares. I got pregnant 6 months postpartum after my first. The birth experience couldn't have been any different, nor could the postpartum experience.
After my first and the horrible experience I had been facing, I wanted to do something very different. I planned to have PBi, at the time, just Jodi Selander, encapsulate my placenta. The experience was so different. I was happy, perky, energetic, I smiled, I was motivated, I cared, I no longer cried; though I never really quit breastfeeding my milk supply was greatly increased. My change in behavior was noticeable to everyone, especially my husband, who, to this day still refers to my placenta as my "happy pills"
I used my pills quickly, taking 3, 3xdaily for a week, then 2, 2xdaily, etc. until I was down to one a day and my jar was gone. That's what I needed. Its different for every woman. You can store the capsules in your freezer indefinitely, as they are great for menopause and other stressful life events.


I would, will and plan to do my placenta in the future. I wouldn't give birth without using my placenta for postpartum healing in the future.
Hi Brianna! I just had my placenta encapsulated with Jodi also. She's awesome. On day two and I feel great!!!


Briana Mager, CD(DONA) PES AAMI said:
I loved my experience with having my placenta encapsulated.

My fist birth was extremely traumatic. Afterward I was blank; I think I walked around in a daze at best. I was distant, lethargic, uninterested in life. Things I cared about were no longer important. I would wake in cold sweats with horrific nightmares. I got pregnant 6 months postpartum after my first. The birth experience couldn't have been any different, nor could the postpartum experience.
After my first and the horrible experience I had been facing, I wanted to do something very different. I planned to have PBi, at the time, just Jodi Selander, encapsulate my placenta. The experience was so different. I was happy, perky, energetic, I smiled, I was motivated, I cared, I no longer cried; though I never really quit breastfeeding my milk supply was greatly increased. My change in behavior was noticeable to everyone, especially my husband, who, to this day still refers to my placenta as my "happy pills"
I used my pills quickly, taking 3, 3xdaily for a week, then 2, 2xdaily, etc. until I was down to one a day and my jar was gone. That's what I needed. Its different for every woman. You can store the capsules in your freezer indefinitely, as they are great for menopause and other stressful life events.


I would, will and plan to do my placenta in the future. I wouldn't give birth without using my placenta for postpartum healing in the future.
i did it, One of my friends encapsuled mine as a gift. I highly recommened it. I have 2 toddlers and now twin girls and i really have kept my cool. Along with the other supplements i take and my placenta (which i only take when i feel anxious or down) i have held strong. I say do it, it can't hurt it's basically chinese medicane. Anyways you can save your left over cap. for menopause.--Hope

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