Checking the Placenta
Once a baby is born the midwife or doctor will carefully check the placenta to ensure that no part of the placenta or membranes have remained inside the uterus.
Risk of Haemorrhage is Higher in Hospital than Home
"The debate on which is better for birth – hospital or home – is one which often generates strong and emotive responses. On one side are campaigners demanding that baby’s lives are being put at risk ... On the other side we have campaigners demanding the right to choose their place of birth" Yvette Barton gives the facts and details on the risks and benefits of homebirth over hospital birth.
Are there Consequences of Immediate versus Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping and Cutting at Birth
"The most common surgical procedure in the world today – one that every human alive today has undergone – is the clamping and cutting of the umbilical cord at birth. The need for clamping and cutting the cord is not in dispute but how soon after birth this should occur is now being questioned." Hannah Dalen gives the facts and details on immediate vs delayed cutting/clamping of the umbilical cord at birth.
In the world of homebirth and natural birth, placenta encapsulation is becoming more common. Some midwives offer this as part of their service to their clients. Some women prefer to encapsulate their placentas themselves. Humans are the only mammals who do not usually consume their placenta.
"Significant blood loss after birth is the most common cause of maternal death in the developed world, and is also a major cause of reduced post-natal health. " This article provides facts and details on Postpartum Haemorrhage, and recent developments into its research.
Placentophagy, consumption of one’s own placenta, is undergoing a small revival in Western culture. Numerous benefits to maternal health and wellbeing have be purported by placentophagy. These include specific hormones and nutrients which may be derived from ingestion, benefits for nutrition, the prevention of postnatal depression and increased lactation.
Placenta Pleasantries and Possibilities – What To Do With Your Placenta
So what are you doing with your placenta? This article aims to give you a few ideas if you wish to immortalise, commemorate, celebrate, honour or harness the power of your placenta.
Lotus Birth by Lavendilly
Lotus Birth is the name given to a process of placenta-care after the completion of a baby’s birth. The umbilical cord is not cut, and the placenta is allowed to remain attached to the baby until it detaches of its own accord.
Lotus birth is the practice of leaving the umbilical cord uncut, so that the baby remains attached to his/her placenta until the cord naturally separates at the umbilicus
Leaving Well Alone: A Natural Approach to the Third Stage of Labour
The medical approach to pregnancy and birth has become so ingrained in our culture, that we have forgotten the way of birth of our ancestors.