Placenta Encapsulation

Feb 24, 2022 | Birth | 0 comments

Container of placenta capsules

Placenta encapsulation has been found to improve your milk supply. It also improves your mood and decreases the chances of postpartum depression. It has also been discovered that it increases your iron supply too.



Woman holding placenta
Placenta in a silver bowl

Within the first 24-48 hours, a doula encapsulator, such as Courtney, will come to your home and process your placenta for encapsulation. She prepares by putting the organ in a clean bowl in a clean sink.


Cutting the cord:

Woman pulling back membrane of placenta
Woman revealing babies side of placenta
Woman cutting cord from placenta with knife

First Courtney turns the placenta inside out to reveal the baby’s side and the cord. With a knife, she cuts and removes the cord.


Rinse Cord:

Rinsing cord under sink water
Holding up cord

The cord is then rinsed thouroughly.


Remove blood:

Wooden stick poking holes in placenta veins

Then, a sharp wooden stick is used to poke holes in the veins that appear to still be blood filled. Then with fingers, she pushes the blood out of the organ. 

Rinsing drained placenta
cord folded on towel

The placenta is then rinsed again, and the cord is prepared for the next step.


Prepare for steaming:

Holding cord in bag
Placenta prepared for steam bath

This family chose to freeze the cord until the ground could thaw for a burial. The placenta is now ready to be steamed with herbs.

Woman cooking placenta on stove
Pots on stove

The placenta is then steamed over water and herbs for about 20 minutes.


Capsule preparation:

Woman doing dishes
Gloved hands separating capsules in half
Woman putting half capsules in tray

It is important to clean all dishes in between steps. The empty capsules need to be separated and placed into a tray.

Organizing capsules in tray
Bottom capsules in tray

The empty capsules are organized into the bottom tray.


Remove Placenta from heat:

Woman poking steamed placenta with knife
Steamed placenta in pot
Taking steamed placenta out of pot
Steamed placenta cooking on counter
Steamed placenta up close

The steamed placenta needs to cool down significantly before it is cut.


Strain placenta broth:

Woman preparing dehydrator
Woman scraping bowl
Woman pouring mothers broth into jar

While the placenta cools, the dehydrator machine gets prepared. The excess material is scraped and poured into a jar for the mother’s broth.


Begin cutting placenta:

Woman and child blessing placenta
Cutting placenta into slices

Courtney held her hands over the placenta and said a thank you before cutting it.

Cutting placenta
Putting chunks of placenta on tray

The placenta is then cut into strips and then smaller pieces.


Dehydrate Placenta:

Loading dehydrator
Loading placenta into dehydrator
Loading placenta into dehydrator

The placenta pieces are loaded onto a few trays to be dehydrated for around 6 hours.

Woman writing on paper
Jar of mothers broth

The mother’s broth is labeled and ready for consumption or refridgeration. 

Dehydrated placenta pieces
Dehydrated placenta pieces
Dehydrated placenta pieces

After 6 hours in the dehydrator, the pieces are then taken our and gathered back together in a bowl.

Dehydrated placenta pieces
Dehydrated placenta pieces
Dehydrated placenta pieces going into blender

These dehydrated pieces are then put in the blender cup.


Blend dehydrated placenta:

Blending dehydrated placenta

This is a photo of the dehydrated placenta pieces being blended.


Load placenta powder into capsules:

Pouring blended placenta into bowl
Pouring blended placenta into capsule holder

The powder is then moved over into the capsule filler that is prefilled with empty capsules.

Filling capsuled with blended placenta
Filling capsuled with blended placenta
Pressing blended placenta into capsules

The powder is spread out evenly over the tray and then pressed and mended with the other half of the capsules.

Finished capsules
Dropping capsules into bowl

And they are finally done and ready!

Pouring placenta capsules into jar

This process was a collaboration with Belfast Doula & Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, Courtney Byers.

Container of placenta capsules

To learn more about a placenta and what a placenta looks like:


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