Placenta Encapsulation

I had my first child, my daughter Aden, in February of 2007. I had a difficult pregnancy with blood pressure problems starting in the 2nd trimester, and ended up developing preeclamsia. I went to my 36 week post partum appointment and was immediately sent over to L & D, spent 4 days there and was induced at exactly 37 weeks. It was a very scary experience, and I had no support system. I had planned on having a natural childbirth…but I didn’t have a doula, my ex husband decided to sleep through the whole induction, and the nurses came in every 5 minutes to ask me “if I wanted the epidural yet”. So I caved…got the epidural, had a terrible birth experience even though it went pretty fast and no real emergencies happened. I was just not prepared for the birth OR the emotional upset that came afterwards! I think I cried for the first 3 days straight, and then I wasn’t myself emotionally until about a year after she was born.

I am happy to report that my son, Phineas, was born on December 26th, 2008 ALL NATURAL using the hypnobabies method. I had blood pressure problems again and was induced at 38 weeks, which I was not happy about because I wanted a home birth. Thankfully I had awesome nurses, and ended up having an amazing birth experience that was about as close as you could get to a home birth IN the hospital.

This time around I also decided to encapsulate my placenta. I was hoping it would prevent post partum depression, among the many other benefits.

I did not have any problems getting my placenta from the hospital. We just told the nurses that we wanted to keep it and they packaged it up in a little plastic container and wrapped it in a biohazard bag (see below) which my doula then took home and kept in her refrigerator for us.


I actually ended up putting it in our freezer at home for about a week because my family in law came to visit and I had heard that the “baking placenta” smell can kind of gross people out.
The first thing I did was take the placenta out of the container and put it in a strainer to rinse it out.




I put the rinsed placenta in the steamer, the water was already boiling. I let it steam for about 30 minutes on one side and then turned it over and kept steaming it until no juice came out.



After the placenta was completely done steaming, I took it out and put it on the cutting board. You have to take the membranes off before you cut it up-you want to leave them on when you steam it though because it holds everything together in one piece.


I cut it into thin strips so it would dry fast


I had a food dehydrator so I just used that, but you can also bake it in the oven on low heat (200) for several hours.


Funny side note, I was looking through the food deyhdrator manual to see how long I should leave it on for, and I followed the directions for this:
Placenta jerkey anyone?

I just left the food processor on overnight and that did the trick 😉
Throw the pieces in a food processor and grind it up!



Then all you need is some empty capsules (fancy kits are not necessary!). I bought some 00 size capsules from, you might also find them at a local organic grocery store or health food store. I filled mine by hand, it wasn’t hard!


And that’s it! Easy right? It seemed like quite a daunting task before I started, but it wasn’t as hard as I thought, it didn’t gross me out, and I was so glad I did it. I didn’t have any emotional problems, and a couple days after I started taking it my milk supply just went through the roof! I am currently pumping most of the day while I’m at work and I still haven’t had any problems with supply. I actually have a freezer full of breastmilk because I’m making more than he can drink!


1 Comment

  1. Angela said,

    Thank you for making this little how to!

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