Placenta Options at Birth

For   many   of   us   the   birth   planning   ends   with   a   decision   about   cord   clamping.   But   there   are   actually   even   more   options to   think   about.   So   often   the   placenta   is   just   thrown   away   as   waste.   It   is   a   very   special   piece   of   the   birth,   highly regarded   as   spiritual   in   some   places.   Rather   than   dismissing   this   amazing   organ   perhaps   you   might   choose   to   honor   it and the baby-cord-placenta trinity in some way. 1.   Lotus   Birth    -   this   is   where   the   cord   is   not   clamped   or   cut   after   delivery   of   baby and   placenta.   The   placenta   is   kept   loosely   wrapped   in   a   cloth   sitting   in   a   bowl   or basket   next   to   baby.   The   cord   will   naturally   dry   and   shrink   and   break   off.   Then you are free to bury or otherwise dispose of the placenta. Benefits:   First   and   foremost   this   method   allows   for   full   benefits   of   delayed   cord clamping   allowing   full   blood   transfusion   from   placenta   to   baby.   Detaching   baby from   his/her   placenta   is   a   very   spiritual   thing   in   some   places.   This   allows   it   to happen   naturally   in   its   own   time   when   both   halves   are   naturally   ready.   It   is   also   said   that   the   cord   stump   heals   faster compared   to   when   it   is   manually   cut.   There   is   zero   risk   of   tetanus,   or   other   transmittable   diseases,   from   unclean scissors. 2. Extended Delayed Cord Clamping & Cutting - for those who do not wish to do a full lotus birth, or are unable to because they will be encapsulating their placenta, this is an excellent option. This option allows for more transfusion of blood to baby from the placenta. Some wait a timed amount, like one minute or five. Others wait until the placenta has stopped pulsating, signaling the completion of the blood transfusion to baby. Benefits: Studies are now confirming that delayed cord clamping improved a baby’s iron stores and hemoglobin levels, and resulted in an increased birth weight. Waiting an hour or more after birth to cut the cord has also been seen to result in quicker stump healing. 3. Cord Burning vs Cord Cutting - the process of cord burning as actually quite simple and can be done in about 10- 15 minutes. Two candles are used, one on each side, to burn through the cord, cauterizing it, and detach baby from the placenta. Benefits: This is regularly practiced in areas where tetanus is an issue to remove the chance a baby could become infected by unsterilized scissors cutting the cord. Asians believe the burning of the cord moves the Qi (life force) from the placenta to the baby. 4.    Making    Placenta    Prints     -    the    process    of    making placenta   prints   is   a   fun   and   easy   way   to   make   a   very personal    keepsake.    All    you    need    is    a    large    sheet    of paper.    You    can    get    a    few    papers    and    try    to    lay    the placenta   down   in   different   ways.   Some   people   add   paint and    artwork    once    the    print    is    dry,    some    paint    the placenta   and   then   make   prints.   If   you   plan   to   consume your placenta you would not want to use paint for prints. Benefits: Like a fingerprint this is a very personal one of a kind keepsake. They are used as art hung on a wall and the start of future anatomy & physiology discussion with your children. 5. Burying the Placenta - traditionally this is done in a garden or holy site and a tree is planted over the placenta. Just keep the placenta in the freezer until you are ready for the burial. It can be done along with a blessing or ceremony of your choice. The selection of the burial site should be a place of honor. Benefits: Many people choose to bury the placenta for spiritual or religious reasons, honoring its existence and giving it full burial rites. It can be a way to give something back to Mother Earth who provided mom with nourishment throughout pregnancy. 6. Placenta Encapsulation - a trained placenta encapsulator will dehydrate and grind up your placenta using traditional Chinese method (TCM), Traditional Method, or the Raw Method. The resulting grounds are then filled into capsules to be taken by mom. Tinctures and salves are also commonly made at that time for future use. Benefits: Many studies verify that consuming your placenta through encapsulation can benefit a mother. Reduced risk of postpartum depression through iron intake, balancing of hormones, increase in maternal instinct and nurturing, increased breast milk production, pain relief and more.
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