The Magical, Magnificent Placenta

I printed an article to read back in June called The Magical, Magnificent Placenta … I just now sat down to read it and it is somewhat controversial and one-sided.  I tried to find the link for the article to include here, but the link has been broken and says “Forbidden” … I wish I could remember where I got the article from … but, oh well.  Here are some things that I learned:

–  “In a lotus birth the cord is not touched at all and usually falls off on its own in a few days.  The placenta is either kept moist in a dish next to the baby or kept salted in a little pouch.  Both methods are designed to keep odors at bay.  The undisputed best part of a lotus birth is that the baby gets to keep all the blood and stem cells that belong in its body but there are other benefits as well such as allowing the mother and baby to stay close, lay low and enjoy their babymoon.”

–  “Eating the placenta is also known as placentophagia.  Many animals, including herbivores, routinely chew through the umbilical cord and proceed to eat the placenta after their babies are born.  Instinct driven creatures, it has been said, do not make mistakes.  Human beings ignore their instincts, for better or for worse, and are driven by cultural and social forces, dogma and stigma.  Due to these factors, the practice of eating your own placenta is relatively rare among humans, but still practiced among a small number of people around the globe, for both nutritional and ritualistic purposes.  Placentophagia is believed to prevent postpartum depression, to prevent postpartum hemorrhage, to help shrink the uterus and to relieve other pregnancy related complications.”

–  “The placenta is the only meat that a person can eat without killing or maiming another living being which may appeal to vegetarians.”

–  “The results of routinely clamping the cord after the placenta has delivered should soon persuade the birth attendant of the value of this practice – five- minute Apgar scores are routinely 10, even when one-minute Apgar scores are below 4.”

–  “The placenta and umbilical cord provide oxygen to the baby prior to the baby’s first breath.  Even if a baby takes its first breath immediately, it will take a few minutes for the oxygen from breathing to reach the lungs and be dispersed through the baby’s body, most importantly to the brain.  Placental oxygenation is the bridge that keeps your baby’s brain and cells fully oxygenated until pulmonary oxygenation takes over.”

–  “Delayed cord clamping helps prevent postpartum hemorrhage because it allows the placenta to detach naturally when its job is over.  When the cord is left open, the placenta is allowed to give up its blood which then allows it to spontaneously detach from the uterine wall, often with the aid of natural oxytocin released through breastfeeding.  No ripping, tugging, pulling or manual traction is necessary.”

~ by cmb0414 on July 20, 2010.

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