(Closed) Placenta Encapsulation. Done It? Considering It?

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Post # 31
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Paradise Gardens

I know this is a super OLD thread, but this is something me and Darling Husband are butting heads on right now. I have what seems like forever to really decide but I’d like to knwo what other bees thoughts on this are!

Post # 32
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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BreezyBride24:  I did it. I can’t tell if it really helped anything but I did have a fairly easy time with breastfeeding as far as supply goes. I think it helped my mood as well. I suffered from PPD but whenever I took a placenta pill I really seemed to be more energized and in a better mood. My feeling is that it can’t HURT anything! 

Post # 33
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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BreezyBride24:  I’m not pregnant (yet) but when I am I will be doing it. I have a couple of health conditions that pregnancy will impact on so my theory is it can’t hurt! Yes the evidence isn’t huge to say it helps but as long as it won’t hurt you then I say try it! I think I’d draw the line at eating it just because it’s basically a blood pancake and i don’t think I could choke that down! But the capsules are just a tablet so I don’t see the problem. Apparently it’s pretty easy to do yourself as well and you can even hire kits to do it instead of sending it to someone. 

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Im really glad this thread was resurected.. haha I’m considering this as well.. I was just told its expensive to do.. what is the avg cost? Does anyone know?

Post # 35
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I did it! It cost $150. I also had no issues with milk supply, and felt great mood-wise. Obviously there is no way to know how I would have felt without it, but even if it was just a placebo, I think it was worth it, and will absolutely do it again if I have another. 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Paradise Gardens

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AOriver:  I’ve been reading mixed reviews about encapsulation and the effects, but to me if it even half way helps with my mood and milk suplly I’m with it. thanks for sharign your experience.

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Itsnotme:  I think I’m from the same camp as you–It can;t hurt but why not. Darling Husband is skeptical especially about the $225 price tag. I didn’t know it’s relatively easy to do yourself–perhaps I’ll suggest that as a good compromise.

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LavenderMama89: Around here the average cost is between $200-250 but that really depends on the payment form–of course cash is king so if you do that it’ll be on the cheaper side. I’m glad I’m not the only one considering it. What does your SO think of the idea?

 

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saratiara2:  it sounds like you had a great experience and $150 isn’t a bad price. Maybe I’ll do some more searching and see if I can find somethign around that price range–perhaps Darling Husband won’t be so hestiant about agreeing to do it  

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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BreezyBride24:  Lol, my husband thinks its totally gross, but hes completely and 100% supportive of any decision I make regarding the birth plan and postpartum care… so I’m lucky to have him 🙂

I just spoke with a local doula and her pricing is 225$ for 150 caps, and she comes and picks it up from the hospital and gives us 3 pre birth consults, and visits us at the hospital after the birth for a lactation/post partum consult and to pick up the placenta, and then also includes an optional at home visit for your first day back home to help out with baby and transition back home.. sounds like a good deal to me! I meet her July 16th, so I will keep you all updated!

She also offered labor doula and other services too, but I think this option is the best for now.. I may get her “Milk Pack” which is a blend of herbs to help increase milk supply, I will get more info on that when I meet her

Post # 38
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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BreezyBride24:  I did look into the kits, and theyre a little over 100$ anyways, and I dont think I would do that for a few reasons:

-Health concerns, we are not trained in bloodborn pathogens, doulas (or the person doing this for you) would be. I would not want to risk getting sick or a potentially dangerous disease due to storage issues or messing something up.. even if it may be easy, I feel the peace of mind of having an experienced/trained professional prepare these outweighs the hundred or so dollars it would save.

-I don’t think I personally could stomach handling a bloody organ lol.. I think that it would gross me out too much, and even if I did do everything right etc.. would probably gross me out eating those pills daily after doing that. Having the placenta taken away and just getting capsules in return would essentially disconnect me from the mental factor of me eating an organ LOL.

– I dont know how much time this would take to do, but with a newborn I know my hands will be full and I’m not sure I want to add something additionally to my plate on top of everything else I will be doing.

– I feel having the option to have a doula or someone else do this give you the oppotunities and means to ask questions, get additional info etc easier than flying solo on this. Also, some hospitals may not allow you to take your placenta unless you are OSHA certified in bloodborn pathogens and biohazerdous materials. I know mine requires the person taking it to fill out a form of their credentials, me to sign a waiver and liability release form etc.. so you may want to check with your hospital on their policies regarding this.

But when it comes down to it-  I will probably save for this over the next 6 months and that works out to be just about 40$ per month, which makes it not so bad.. But hey, to each their own.. 

https://www.amazon.com/Powerful-Mamas-Yourself-Placenta-Encapsulation/dp/B00PDZ1JVQ

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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BreezyBride24:  The doula at our birth class talked about this last night. She said there have been no scientific studies done to prove one way or another whether it’s worth it. She herself has had two patients take the capsules: one who said it was great and she didn’t have any PPD or anything, and the other who said her PPD was exactly the same as it was with her first child. She mentioned that the placenta carries a lot of iron and some women get anemic after birth, but that you can get the iron from any source. She advised everyone to make their own decision, but if it were her, she would not do it.

BUT, she did say that if you are having it done, to research the person who will be encapsulating. There aren’t any standards at this point and a lot of people you hire just do it in their kitchens at home. You’ll definitely want to visit the place where the encapsulating will take place to see if it’s sanitary. 

Post # 40
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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BreezyBride24:  I did it. I actually have half of mine still frozen in my deep freezer. Again I don’t know what it did or didn’t do. One thing no one told me was that placenta pills are crazy full of iron (in hindsight, seems obvious) so not to take iron pills with them, which I did :/ My baby had tummy issues and gas and that’s how o figured that out! But after stopping the iron pills and a trip to the chiro he was ok.

 

I have a crazy milk supply, which people say placenta pills will help with. How true that is, and how much co-incidence it is, I don’t know! Another thing I was told is you won’t lose the Post Partum hair. Not true for me. I thought I was going to be bald I lost so much hair around the 6 month PP Mark! 

 

It it cost me about 250+ tax. The woman who did mine was my Prenarak Acupuncturist and is licensed in TCM. She also doesn’t just do it in her kitchen In the oven, she has a special dehydrating oven or something of the sort! 

Post # 41
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Not TTC but have read a good chunk about this. I’ve read that the results are really mixed, some people do have adverse effects but for most people it seemed to work pretty well. 

I think it’s something I’ll strongly consider as I like both western and eastern medicine. 

In terms of pricing in NYC it starts around 350$ 

Post # 42
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Paradise Gardens

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LavenderMama89:  Hmmm, sounds like an amazing options that not only includes the capsules but also includes some consults.  And kuddos to your hubby for being so supportive–I’ll definitely keep an eye out on your update.

And like you I would have lots of concerns about doing it myself as well. I think it’s easier to jsut pay a professional anywho–that way I won’t be doubting myself when its all said and done.

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mrscali13:  Hmm, thanks for sharing your doulas perspective. And that’s a great suggestion to ask to see the location they do the encapsulation. Luckily I have plenty of time to research and weigh out the pros and cons. As of now which way are you leaning?

 

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MadameHibou:  Thanks for sharing those points about iron. And sorry your little one had ssome tummy issues, but I’m glad it was resolved after you recognized what was going on. $250 seems to be the average cost. If you don’t ind me asking how many pills were you taking a day? I’ve heard you should take 2 per day and I’ve also heard 6 per day–which is a huge difference.

Post # 43
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Bumble bee
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asobos:  Ouch $350 I guess I shouldn’t complain about the prices here in Cali. I’d liek to find someone who prpvides a few services similar to what  
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LavenderMama89:  found. Although I don’t know if any of those options are around. I think I’ll check with my midwife and doula to see if they can be of assistance.

Post # 44
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

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spraguebride:  I have heard about it a while back and 100% doing it when the time comes (we will start TTC next summer). If the benefits are for real then that’s awesome and if they arent that’s ok i rather do it than not!

one of FI’s cousins is a doulaand she has 4 kids herself she did it with the last one and highly recommend it. 

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Honey bee
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Mrs. Spring:  um… if it’s coming out of your body it’s your propertyy. God help anyone who tried to stop me from taking my placenta.

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