Choose your preparation method. Includes capsules, and complimentary placenta print, & cord keepsake.
Gentle Method -
This method is what most are referring to when they invoke TCM, because it draws on principles of balance between warm and cold forces. Steaming the placenta tempers the hormones it contains and allows for a more gentle reintroduction and reabsorption into the body over time. Most placentas are prepared using this method.
I may recommend steamed prep if you usually run cold, are having a fall or winter (or cold-weather) birth, or often crave salads and fresh fruits and vegetables. For those who have pre-existing mental health struggles, or have experienced postpartum mood disorders before, this is often the better choice — capsules created with the raw method may be overwhelming to some people with a history of depression or anxiety. People who choose this method often report a smoother emotional transition and a stronger, more stable milk supply.
Steaming the placenta does cause it to shrink a bit in size, so I often expect that a steamed preparation will yield slightly (not significantly) fewer capsules as an end result. The difference is not enough to deter people from choosing this method, but it is worth noting.
Another consideration: this is the only way I will process a placenta if the birthing person has a positive Group B Strep status, because steaming is an added layer of assurance that the bacteria will not be passed along. Being GBS+ is not a contraindication to encapsulation, but I do require that you are transparent about your health history so that I can assist you in making the best, safest choice for your placenta.
Raw Method -
This method essentially skips the steaming step above and, as such, does not impart additional warmth to the placenta. The placenta is still dehydrated to food-safe internal temperatures, killing off any residual bacteria or junk, but this process does not temper the hormones and nutrients as thoroughly as does the steamed method.
I may recommend this method if you usually run hot, are having a summer birth, or often crave spicy dishes, soups, and warming foods. Raw prep is useful for blood building and returning iron stores, especially in the early days after birth. People who choose this method often report a smoother physical recovery and more energy in the postpartum period.