I had a home birth with my dd, which went perfectly, except I retained the placenta and my MW had to manually extract it...not an experience I care to repeat. She told me that if she were with me the next time I birthed, she would give me a shot of Pitocin immediately after I delivered next time to ensure that I didn't stop contracting. That sounded like a fine plan to me, except I'm not sure how I would go about getting Pitocin without a midwife this time around.
As an alternative, I've seen Placenta Out mentioned on this board. I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with it. I like the idea of using something herbal rather than a synthetic, but want to Make sure I have something that is going to work if I need it.
How long did you retain the placenta before she manually removed it? Although I haven't experienced it personally, I have read that some people just hold onto it for a bit longer.
This is completely unfounded (as in not backed scientifically), but I think our bodies are designed to take care of that.....even if it does take a little longer than we want. I personally just birthed it out (meaning pushed like I was still delivering) the placenta out. Each of my 4 deliveries it came out relatively easily....although with the last it took a little more work...but still ended up out in a decent amount of time.
I personally would not opt for pitocin for any reason. And would go the herb way before any of that.
If your last homebirth was your first child, you probably did not have much if any contrax after delivery. But I have found that after 2nd and so on births, your contrax (although somewhat milder) many times continue (especially if nursing).....which would help with expelling placenta, shrinking fundus (massaging helps too), and stopping bleeding.
I have personally never used it (my placenta came so fast last time I had to attempt to hold it in while my husband ran over with the bowl, LOL), but I have some and heard it works quite well.