What is Placenta Encapsulation and How Much is it?

What is Placenta Encapsulation and How Much is it?

It’s all the rage with the Hollywood “crunchy mama’ crowd, and even Kim Kardashian admitted to being interested in it! So, just what is the deal with placenta encapsulation, and is it something that all moms can do, or just the rich and famous? Let’s dig right in and tackle this very controversial topic! Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What is it?

You have probably already heard of placenta encapsulation, even though you might not know the technical term for it. Chances are, you’ve heard before about women who choose to eat their placenta after birth. Well, placenta encapsulation is just a variation of that.

Placenta encapsulation is where the placenta is dried, and then made into capsules that the mom can take for weeks or sometimes even months after delivery. Many moms who are interested in the health and other benefits of the placenta choose to have the placenta encapsulated because it is a lot less messy and less gross than the actual eating of the placenta.

How is it done?

The placenta encapsulation process is pretty simple. The good thing is, if you are the pregnant mom, you have nothing to worry about with this whole process. It is all outsourced to your midwife, usually. However, some moms do opt to do the encapsulation process themselves to save money, or for other personal reasons.

The encapsulation process itself is pretty basic. The placenta is rinsed, and rinsed, and rinsed again, until all blood is removed. Then the placenta is cut into strips and put either in the oven on a low setting, or into a food dehydrator. The strips are then dried for several hours, until there is absolutely no moisture left in them at all.

Finally, the strips are ground up into a powder form. The powder is put into capsules. The average number of capsules that come from a placenta is 150, although depending on the size of the placenta, that number can be up to 300. You can store the placenta capsules on the counter for several weeks, or you can also keep them in a deep freezer indefinitely.

How much does it cost?

The cost is also something that varies a lot when talking about placenta encapsulation. The average rate for a professional who is licensed to do it (these folks are called a placenta encapsulation specialist) is around $250. This cost includes everything usually, including having someone pick up the placenta after delivery, and then later deliver the capsules back to you.

This is a great method to choose because there is no mess, no fuss, and no worry for the brand new mom. However, if that price is too steep, many women (who are brave!) opt to encapsulate their own placentas. All you have to buy is the empty capsules, which you can get at a health food store, or online, and a bottle to store them in.

The average cost of doing your own placenta is a whopping $5, compared to $250 for a professional to do it. It really all comes down to your personal preference and what you think is best.

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by Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.