My first post, even though I read mothering magazine for years.
I gave birth to my daughter 2 days ago at home (I also have a 2 yo son), a wonderful birth and everything went well. After the birth my MW said she is pretty sure that I retained the membranes (not the placenta), since they were not attached the placenta. I am freaking out reading about having to go get them surgically removed etc. and my MW comes tommorow and so far is trying to be reassuring and saying 'they will pass' but it is now 2 days later (almost exactly) and still nothing. I am getting very strong uterine contractions with every nursing session so the uterus is doing its job. Some places I read say retaining membranes is not a big deal (as long as you don't get an infection- and I am keeping a close eye to be sure I have no signs), while others say you need a D & C (I am terrified of that!).
My naturopath gave me a few things to try, and I am drinking red raspberry leaf tea as well. Does anyone have experience with this?
Edited to add- also, my placenta was "Duncan" so I am wondering if the membranes could have been 'lost' in all of the mess? Does that make any sense?
Edited by ErinElora - 4/6/11 at 4:29pm