Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Preparing for Labor: Placenta Edition

So outside of nesting, what does one do? Prepare for labor of course!

Outside of helping with the nesting prep, we’ve been taking some amazing birthing classes that really focus on exposing what is one of life’s most natural yet miraculous occurrences: birth.

It’s most definitely all about the mindset and how we see those hours unfold. It’s about the support and overall attitude one brings to this right of passage.

There is a very predictive rhythm that the body goes through when it’s ready to do its thing. I will get more in detail as I absorb and assimilate it myself. It’s a lot to take it, especially as a husband.

What has stuck in my head has been the poorly unappreciated placenta that is always kicked to the curb and doesn’t get any love.

Well I’m fascinated by it and will try to give it justice here because of my obsession with it.

First things first, my wife will be eating hers. Yes, eating. Stay with me.

Did you know that as a mammal species we are the only ones as humans to not eat our placentas? It’s an instinct in all mammals to do so.

Let’s step back a bit. Sorry for assuming. First for those birthing virgins. The placenta is the organ that a pregnant woman creates to house and nourish and protect a baby. It’s sole purpose is to be that cocoon. It will be the baby’s life support, house, feeder, oxygen, it will be its everything. The placenta is a part of that miracle of life. It also contains significant hormones and nutrients. Ever wonder why mammals never “hemorrhage” after birth? Well, the eating of that placenta has been linked to solving that mystery. So in holistic circles, it is now customary to also eat that precious organ after baby is delivered but not raw as you may grossly imagine. Their are now services that will pick up that baby (the organ not the little human) and dehydrate it for you and encapsulate it so you too can reap its benefits. No joke.

So yes we are doing that. Well Mommy is not me.

It has also been linked to increasing milk production and even in helping with postpartum depression.

Heavy stuff I know. But it’s so complicated to understand and know every detail that I’ve become a birthing nerd. I know sorry. I’m just fascinated at how our bodies function. And more so how a woman’s body goes through such a transformation to create a new life.

We’ve also decided to not allow our baby to be bathed right away after birth as is typically tradition. More on that later as I’m currently a bit overwhelmed and need some quiet time to digest (my thoughts and learnings not the placenta).