11 Jul Placenta Encapsulation:The Indianapolis Doula Way
Placenta encapsulation is becoming more and more popular. Our inbox is full of requests for encapsulation and also lots of questions about why you should encapsulate your placenta and what my process is for encapsulating your placenta. We practice with complete transparency, so I decided this would make a great blog post.
I am currently the only encapsulator for Indianapolis Doulas, though hopefully in the near future that will be changing! I’ve been encapsulating for the entire time I’ve been a doula. I trained with a very experienced encapsulator and have spent countless hours researching and learning about my craft.
Over the 4 ½ years of my work encapsulating placentas I have learned many things. An important aspect of my work is that I only encapsulate in your home and truly feel this is the safest way to do it. I’ve also researched the different methods of encapsulation and what benefit they bring to my clients, and because of this I only offer the Traditional Chinese Method.
To the best of my understanding, Chinese Medicine is based off balance in the human body. The yin and yang if you will. Everything is either a cooling or a warming effect on the body. There must be a balance of both of these to keep the body healthy. Childbirth is considered a cooling effect on the body. So everything postpartum should be warming to support recovery in the woman’s body. This is sometimes called “mother roasting”.
Placenta Encapsulation: My Process
My process takes 2 days and about 3 hours total. The first day takes about 2 hours. I take the placenta and clean it and cut off any membrane as well as separating the umbilical cord from the placenta. I then steam the placenta. I sometimes put ginger, a hot pepper, and a slice of lemon in the water as well to help support the warming effects of the process.
Once the placenta is cooked through I slice it thinly and prepare it to be dehydrated. I also prepare the umbilical cord for dehydration. I try to keep it heart shaped and sometimes this is successful, sometimes it’s not.
The second day I come back and grind up the dehydrated placenta in a blender. This is loud but it makes the dehydrated pieces of placenta into a nice fine powder I can then sift into capsules for consumption.
My clients love that they or other members of their family can be as involved in this or as uninvolved as they’d like.
One of the other added benefits of offering encapsulation in your home is that you get time with a trained and experienced postpartum doula in your home during the process. While the placenta is steaming I’m usually available for feeding troubleshooting as well as emotional support. I can’t even tell you how many times someone who only hired me for placenta encapsulation has ended up crying to me and processing their birth story with me. All for the price of just encapsulation.
If you’re interested in more of the technical info on encapsulation, check out our services page here.
I love that we’re able to offer this service to our clients. I get totally excited with everyone and geek out with each new placenta I see. Let us know if you want us to come to your house and encapsulate for you!
Indianapolis Doulas proudly offers placenta encapsulation exclusively in our clients’ homes. Treat yourself to placenta encapsulation after your baby is born by calling us today at 317-762-5505.
Offering placenta encapsulation in Indianapolis and surrounding areas, including Carmel, Fishers, Zionsville, Noblesville, Brownsburg, Greenwood, and more.