Originally Posted by NewSolarMomma
. And I don't plan on having any herbs for PP bleeding because I was just going to cut a piece of the placenta off and stick it in my mouth (plus BF my newborn).
I've seen a lot about eating placenta, can someone explain this better? PPH is scary, is this the main method used?
Also, please be careful with Tylenol! (I saw someone posted they took lots of it) Too much can cause liver damage and failure, it actually happens a lot. This also goes for any pain meds that include it(most people don't realize this) like Vicodin or Lortab- when it says 5/500mg or 7.5/750mg the first # is the narcotic, second is the Tylenol substitute. Just because its over the counter doesn't make it safe if you don't take the right dosage. You probably won't need any pain meds if you don't have a CS, but never hurts to know about it. (I had oxycontins (comes without the added Tylenol) and high dose Motrin for afterwards. But I had a CS, and am already on high dose pain meds
I found the Motrin super helpful!)
I have had two bad bleeds PPH's and the last time around I did a lotus birth and decided not to eat the placenta. This time around I am sending the placenta off to a local midwife for TCM placenta medicine which she says she will have back in 2 days so I'll leave cord/placenta on for 6 hours or so and then cut and use one of those cord rings from the UK (I hate clamps- with the twins I used shoelaces).
My birth kits supplies are pretty minimal as I do waterbirth in my own large bathtubs. I do like chux pads for the bed afterwards. Last time I used a sieve and a bowl for the placenta,
newborn hat, I guess a nasal aspirator is handy for later on but I never used one. Nice mama pads- cloth or organic disposables. A hot water bottle for afterpains and some Chinese Herbs on hand for depletion. Nice loose leaf nursing tea, some herbs on hand for cord care but that's another thing I never used. The footprinters are a pain in the neck to wipe off a newborns feet.
Homeopathics for labor/complications.
Disinfectant (povidone) for the tub to clean it.
Towels for after birth to cover baby.
Food for after the birth.
I've never had a UC though- I chicken out due to past PPH (once I was almost transported) so I like having a midwife on hand and mine are hands- off. So this time around midwife says she can be downstairs, outside etc and I can call her in when I want to - before or after baby- whatever I wish.