There are a lot of new, modern and crazy things that people are doing when I comes to childbirth. Everyone is going to have a personal preference when I comes to the known or strange items people hear about now a days. I have heard a range of my weird and known decisions other people have made but I wanted to research for my self to find out what was weird and what could be very beneficial to my baby and me. Below are some decisions that could be a great choice for you and you family if you do the research:
Delayed Cord Clamping/ Cutting- What is it?
It is a birth practice where the umbilical cord is not clamped or cut until after pulsations have ceased, or until after the placenta is delivered.
Pros: benefits for the baby include a normal, healthy blood volume for the
transition to life outside the womb; and a full count of red blood cells, stem
cells, immune cells and decreased chance of anemia at the 5-6 month mark. For the mother, it keeps the mother-baby unit intact and can prevent complications with delivering the placenta.
Common Objections: Doctors in a hospital setting just don’t have the time to wait for DCC and some say that immediate clamping can prevent severe postpartum hemorrhage.
Placenta Encapsulation – What is it?
It is the practice of ingesting the placenta after it has been steamed, dehydrated, ground, and placed into pills. Sound gross? Did you know we are one of the only mammals that don’t consume their placenta after birth?
Pros: reported benefits include, faster physical recovery from birth, decreased postpartum bleeding, reduced chances of anemia, less physical exhaustion, increased maternal energy levels, prevention of postpartum depression, fewer mood swings and increased breast milk supply.
Cons: you have to spend the time to do it or you have to pay out of pocket. There is a company in Calgary, Alberta called Tender Touches Doula Services Inc. that charges $275+ gst.