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post #41 of 48
Another alternative is to bury the placenta ahead of time, give it some time to decompose, then plant trees or plants in that spot. Sometimes the plants will be alright either way, but sometimes the decomposing placenta burns the roots of the plant. (Just like you wouldn't apply fresh manure as a fertilizer, but let is break down first and deacidify) So if you care about the plants you are planting, bury it deep (also keeps animals from digging it up) so that it will be somewhat decomposed by the time the plants roots grow that far, it is meat after all.
post #42 of 48
I hated delivering my placentas. With my first HB I had the seperation gush in the tub, and for some reason the mw's insisted I get out to deliver the placenta in bed. They were insistent and I remember being a little grumpy about it. They had DH take the baby and one mw did the baby assessment while I tried to push it out and I was po'd, so I took her and nursed her and with those ctx was able to get it out. With DS I got out of the tub and same thing, nursed him until I felt like pushing it out. I had awful back cramps.
post #43 of 48
I just remembered something that made me giggle. DH was busy cleaning everything up and making sure the baby and I were comfortable but when I told him "Oh! And here comes the placenta! I need a bucket." He didn't seem to realize that I needed the bucket RIGHT THEN. Just like when the baby was pushed out, I didn't actively push for the placenta either - it was completely my uterus taking over. So it's not like I could have held it in.
post #44 of 48
My first was a hospital birth and I have absolutely no recollection of delivering the placenta but my DH gets very grossed out b/c he claims the OB tugged on the umbilical cord (cut immediately after the baby was out) and pulled the placenta out and plopped it onto a dish. I have no idea but considering how that birth went I wouldn't be surprised.

With my second, I had a water birth and delivered my son and was holding him and literally like ten minutes after delivering him I started complaining to the midwife that I was having really annoying contractions so she went to get my tupperware thingie to catch it and asked me to push with the next contraction and it came out (just felt like the afformentioned squishy feeling). Afterwards it was kind of funny b/c my placenta was floating in the tupperware thing and my son was still attached to it.

I have to say, the contractions that came after the relief of delivering the baby were pretty disheartening. I woudln't say they were as painful as labor contractions but they defintiely took away from the bliss of the moment for me. Maybe I just wasn't prepared. Oh and I ate mine. I know that's not a popular choice but I had very bad PPD with DD and wanted to avoid that this time around. I had a raw chunk of it immediately after birth and then cooked small pieces of it daily afterwards. It really wasn't as gross as it sounds.
post #45 of 48
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Oh and I ate mine. I know that's not a popular choice but I had very bad PPD with DD and wanted to avoid that this time around. I had a raw chunk of it immediately after birth and then cooked small pieces of it daily afterwards. It really wasn't as gross as it sounds.
Placenta smoothies will be happening here!

(much to the horror and disgust of my husband, haha)
post #46 of 48
After my daughter was born, she just sorta laid across my tummy for a while. I remember the midwife saying, "push with the next contraction to deliver the placenta" but I never felt any more contractions. I didn't want the cord cut until after the placenta was out, which is as far as I could go with a lotus birth. I was in a really outer-space zone so it's hard to remember those first moments! OK, the midwife said, "the placenta is ready to come out, give a little push". I gave the tiniest push and the whole thing sorta plopped out. And then my husband cut the cord. I think he was holding the baby when the placenta came out. I looked at the placenta with the midwives and they froze it. It was months later that I got around to getting rid of it. I took it to the beach and threw it in the ocean.

And about eating the placenta, that's not weird at all. All other mammals, even herbivores, eat the placenta. After my sister's babies were born in the hospital, the first meal they served her was a steak dinner, and I think that's a similar thing in a way. My midwives encapsulated placenta sometimes. Hospitals sell them, some to research, but the vast majority to cosmetics companies.
post #47 of 48
After my baby was born, I just held him and dh took pics...then my midwives arrived (yep, a little late! ). We got out of the pool and I sat on a birthing stool, once I felt a pushing contraction, I pushed a bit (it comes natural) and FLOP it went in a basin! (that was about 30 mins after the birth)
I have pictures of it if you want to see it (pics of the birthing stool, placenta and cord, NOT of me delivering it! )
http://www.thekeoghfamily.phanfare.com/2017157_2391374
post #48 of 48
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Wow-- I haven't seen a placenta before-- thanks SO much for the pics. Looks like an amazing birth you had!
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