Were you aware that there are a number of options regarding how to birth your placenta? If you’re not informed, most of the time you will be given a “shot to help the placenta come out” pretty soon after the baby is born. Many women tell me that they weren't offered any other option. However, with a little bit of research you may find that you would prefer a Physiological, rather than Managed, Third Stage. Perhaps Delayed Cord Clamping will suit you. What about lotus birth? What about if your natural birth plans change? How does that affect your Third Stage choices? And how does all of those options tie in with Placenta Encapsulation.? Below are some articles to help you in your research.
Physiological (Natural) vs Managed (helped with medication) Third Stage
“Active management is recommended for all women by recognised professional bodies. However, evidence is emerging to support physiological management in women with the following criteria:
- At low risk of bleeding
- Following a physiologically normal first and second stage
- With care provided by clinicians skilled in the physiological process.”
- No routine use of uterotonic drugs.
- Clamping of the cord after pulsation has ceased.
- Birth of the placenta by maternal effort and gravity.
For more on the differences between Physiological and Managed Third Stage:
On Birthing and Bleeding - Part 1 AND On Birthing and Bleeding - Part 2
Delayed Cord Clamping
DCC is something that is making it's way into our local birth system. But it's really hit and miss if it's supported and there is no agreed definition. It's best to research the information and decide for yourself what you'd like. AND write a number of minutes on your Birth Plan to be very clear.
A wonderful resource for all things DCC:
And my favourite of all images to help parents see the difference between a full and empty cord:
Magic Umbilical Cords
Can you Have a Managed Labour then Physiological Third Stage?
Midwife Thinking - An Actively Managed Placental Birth Might be the Best Option for Most Women
Sara Wickham - Can I Have a Natural Placental Birth after Induction?
Lotus Birth - 7 Reasons Why Parents to Be Have one
Lotus Birth - A Ritual for our Times
Images of Lotus Birth on Pinterest
What About Caesarean Births?
Check out this birth story of a Lotus Birth at a caeserean in Townsville.
Caesarean Lotus Birth in Townsville - May 2015
Placenta Encapsulation and Services
Midwifery Tricks - Lotus Birth with Encapsulation
Beside encapsulation, there are many other placenta services including smoothies (raw and powder form); prints; tinctures; homeopathics; cord keepsakes and jewellery.
For more information about our Placenta Services and the benefits of encapsulation:
About our Placenta Services
About Placenta Encapsulation
If you'd like to know more about your Third Stage Options, feel free to Contact Us below for a Consultation.