Thursday, February 10, 2005

Rushing the Placenta

Again, from "Listen to Me Good," an example of how granny midwives handled things:

"Now a whole lot of places you go to, the afterbirth didn't come right on behind. ... Sometimes the afterbirth takes twelve or thirteen hours to come loose. If you going to pull and jerk on it, you're going to leave some in there. That's going to cause a problem. If you just give it time, you work with it after the baby come. If it don't come-a-loose, leave it alone. If they are tense, they need to go to sleep and relax. That makes the afterbirth come loose. Let her stretch her feet out or turn on her side or whatever she wants to do. ... I've had them hang on all night, but by the next day, it turned loose."

This from a woman who never lost a mother in nearly 3000 home births.

So why is it hospital birth attendants get itchy if it takes more than 20 minutes to detach?


Blogger Sage Femme said...

the longest I've waited was three hours. it was just sitting up inside her cervix. no bleeding when it detached, nothing. movement, shower, herbs, nothing released it.

I did phone support for a woman having an unassisted birth. Her placenta took over 30 hours to birth. She wasn't bleeding, so I couldn't see why it should be rushed. Still, 30 hours! :)

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