I just wanted to express that one of the things I love about home birth is how wonderfully midwives honor the placenta. As a doula I have noticed in hospital births the placenta is not respected for the awesome organ that it is. There are so many functions of this amazing organ, it nurtures the baby, filters out toxins and links mother to child. Above all I made that thing!!! It is healthy and functional because of me! After a birth I always like to check it out see both the maternal and fetal side, note the color and shape, it's thickness. All of these things are effected by the diet and exercise and environment. What a compliment it would be for an OB to say what a fantastic placenta you have built! But most times I notice they just put it in a bowl for a quick look and toss it in a bag. I have worked with two midwives and both took special note of my placenta. The first commented "Your bag of waters was made of steel" the second "Wow! a 42 week placenta has never looked so good".
Howdy! I am trying to find a way to post pictures of my placentas on here. I have pictures of two and a video but having some trouble with my camera and finding the link to load them so I thought I'd share my favorite green shake recipe: I have a crazy power blender to make this but I can give directions on a regular blender too. It made me feel tons better when I was in the early stages and gave me lots of energy toward the later stages.
1 Cucumber- this is just plain yummy, very alkalizing for blood
1 avocado- lots of omegas and helps balance hormones
1 lemon peeled- Vitamin C and gets rid of retained water
1 hand full of greens- I used spinach or kale most of the time both have lots of chlorophyll, B vitamins, iron
1 apple- to sweeten and for the extra fiber
a couple shakes of cinnamon - to help stabilize blood sugar
2 packets stevia to sweeten it up
and 1 cup water
Blend baby blend