In catching up with some of the blogs I follow, I came across an entry that I thought you all might find interesting. Not only is the video & birth pool really neat, but I wanted to share an exerpt out of the entry that I felt was really important.
The blog entry: Where's the Placenta in birth films?
And, what I wanted to share:
A key lesson of modern neuroscience is that a change in the focus of our attention changes our brain firing patterns and changes the neurochemicals associated with the firing pattern. The practical application of this lesson is that our physiology responds to our thinking. The thought that birth is over when a woman doesn't realise that the birth of the placenta requires attention, especially when the feeling of relief is profound and/or the woman is disturbed/distracted from her baby and birth process can result in a blocking of the release of oxytocin. A drop in the level of oxytocin can predispose the woman to excessive blood loss because her uterus doesn't get the chemical messages it needs to contract well and seal off the placental site. The attentional network that I suggest is optimal in birthing the placenta and keeping safe in third and fourth stage of labour is the attentional neural network associated with fascination. When a woman is fascinated with her baby, she is safe and her physiology works as it ought. Disrupting, distracting or in any other way interrupting the fascinating network bodes trouble. Midwives have a duty of care to ensure the birth environment is conducive to women's fascination with their babies being enhanced and potentiated; a key aspect of midwifery guardianship. .
TFS, chimmy! I had never thought about how ignoring the placenta could lead to complications in 3rd stage. It does seem like a lot of women end up getting pit to control bleeding, even when they ask to not have it administered routinely (this includes me--my first I was on pit anyway, my second I had it for bleeding). I have thought before that this is probably a result of things like separating mother and baby (which would lower oxytocin levels),a narrow definition of "normal" blood loss, impatience for the placenta and use of cord traction. I have written "no cord traction" on both of my birth plans, and ended up with it (though it was done very gently both times) because I kind of quit caring after the baby was out, which I think is kind of the point the blog post was trying to make. I attempted to prepare for my daughter's birth, but despite the research I did, I had never actually seen a placenta until my daughter's placenta came out of me. I don't think I'd even seen a photograph of one. I was surprized at how it looked because it was different from what I expected. I also didn't even know that placentas came out until I was in college. Placentas are awesome and they are really ignored. I don't think my CNM showed me DD's placenta, but Dr. I showed me DS's and it was really cool. I am actually wondering now if encapsulation would have benefited me...I didn't really have baby blues with DD, but this time I'm feeling a little off. Maybe I'll look into it next time...though I can't imagine what DH would say...
During my first birth, I totally forgot about the placenta. I began feeling some intesnse cramps and my doctor pushing and pulling and was like "what's going on?" She said---we have to deliver the placenta and I was like...oh yeah, that's still in there....lol.
Fortunately mine came out pretty easily.
That is interesting. Unfourtunately with DS I did do everything they said and still ended up with a bad bleed. I am hoping to avoid that this time. It is funny about the not mentioning of the placenta. We have been reading DS this really amazing hb children's book and I love that even talk about the delivering of the placenta and illustrate the placenta as well. Dh loves the line that is in the book which is "Beautiful placenta, lucky baby." DS is totally fascinated with this part and has been asking to see his. We just need to get it defrosted out of the freezer to plant. It is kind of frozen into the freezer though.
Very interesting, TFS~
I actually have noticed it included in some birth videos, but not the delivery of it, just the caregiver showing it to the mom afterward. It really freaked DH out the first time he saw that (mainly because he didn't expect it) but it's great to know what they look like and remember that delivering the placenta is a part of having a baby too--an important part, even if you are distracted with the baby by then.
With DD I never got to see the placenta, I wish I had though, it usually takes a lot of stuff like that to gross me out. I vaguely remember delivering it, I was on pitocin anyways and they were doing some stitches around that whole time DD was in my arms so it's all a blur, I don't remember being told that I was losing a lot of blood or anything though.
This time around I'm happy that my midwives will show me the placenta and lucky for me DH grew up on a farm basically so he's seen that stuff so he really isn't into the thought of it right now (seeing it) but perhaps later when the time comes. I'm happy he's all for planting it with a tree though, I thought he would give me a hard time about it but he's all for it, haha.
ahh! I knew the phrase sounded familiar. I read this book to my kids while pregnant with Tristan. I borrowed it from my midwife, it was her absolute favorite book & was sad that it's no longer in print. I think when I can I'm going to get my hands on a copy.