A photo documentary of placenta encapsulation: yes, you're going to see pieces of bloody placenta

January 3 |
Melanie, aka The Placenta Encapsulater. All photos by LeahAndMark

If Leah and Mark seem familiar, it's because we featured photos from the water-and-home birth of their son, Jonah, a few weeks ago (they're also Atlanta-based photographers). Leah decided to encapsulate her placenta, and the pair shared ALL the details — including very high-quality (read: detailed) photos of the process.

Seriously: if you don't want to see bloody placenta pictures, just stop now.

Still with me? LET'S LEARN! Says Leah:

I decided to encapsulate my placenta. Or, rather, I decided to hire someone to come over to my house and encapsulate it for me (thanks, Melanie!). Honestly, if I think about it too much it still grosses me out. But I'm happy to report that the actual taking of the placenta pills is not as gross as I feared.
The pair put the placenta in a ziplock bag in the fridge right after Jonah was born, and Melanie came over two days later.
Removing the outer sac!
So why exactly am I swallowing my placenta? There are a list of supposed benefits from consuming one's placenta after birth — from helping reduce postpartum bleeding, to increasing milk supply and a host of other things. There aren't any big studies to back up these claims, but there are tons of anecdotal accounts from other women, so I figured I'd give it a shot… at the very least, it wouldn't hurt me. And it could possibly really help with my postpartum recovery.
Cooking the placenta -- it's in a steamer, which is inside a pot of water.

Cooked!

You place the chopped pieces in a food dehydrator.
UMM yes… dehydrated placenta in a coffee grinder! Yum. The best part of waking up…
Capsules!

If you're feeling super curious (or you've already had all the meals you plan to have today), you can see and read even more at LeahAndMark's blog. Also, here's a cute baby Jonah snap, since y'all sat through all the bloody placenta first:

All together now: AWWWWW!