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Tuesday, 22 November 2011 00:41

Unassisted Birth Step #12: The Placenta

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You may choose to birth your placenta into a bathtub, bowl, or on a chux pad.  It may come out 5 minutes or 5 hours after birth.  Some women have even gone days before they delivered their placenta.  As long as mother appears healthy and is not concerned, there is no need to worry.  If you feel you need to help the placenta out, there are herbs you can take, uterine massage, and it is a good idea to nurse the baby as much as possible as this helps the placenta decend.  

Do not pull on the cord or try to remove the placenta forcefully, as this will most likely cause you to hemorrhage.  Once it is out, inspect it to ensure it is whole, and that there are no pieces missing.  Even if it appears you may have some retained placenta, as long as you are not bleeding too much, this is no cause for concern, as the pieces will most likely come out on their own over the course of several days.  

Seek medical help if you feel it is necessary.  If you want to encapsulate or otherwise consume your placenta, either take care of it immediately or put it in the fridge to keep it fresh.  You may also choose to freeze it and perhaps bury it later.

Here is the story my unassisted birth with my twin girls.


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