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Which places for giving birth to avoid and can you eat placenta: Revealing truth

Which places for giving birth to avoid and can you eat placenta: Revealing truth What you should know about giving birth at home (photo: Freepik)

Pregnancy is a significant period in every woman's life, as she must maintain her health to avoid complications. It's worth knowing whether home births are truly safe and why people used to consume the placenta, reports the page of the medical community Svij.doc.

Home births

Home is about comfort and closeness, which helps give birth with less stress.

It's important to remember that doctors are a resource for dealing with emergencies.

Doulas are just an addition to the team of doctors and midwives who care for the patient.

The responsibilities of doulas include:

  • providing targeted training;
  • offering support: physical and informational before childbirth;
  • being present during childbirth;
  • creating an atmosphere;
  • supporting emotional balance during childbirth.

Doulas and midwives are often compared. However, they are completely different people. Midwives' responsibilities include:

  • having qualifications;
  • performing medical procedures;
  • administering medication intravenously;
  • monitoring the patient's condition;
  • assisting during childbirth.

It is important to know that doulas do not replace medical personnel, do not perform medical or clinical tasks, and do not interfere with clinical care.

Water birth

Being in the water during the first stage (before full dilation of the cervix) may have benefits.

However, being in the water during the second stage should be considered an experimental procedure with risks.

Experts have noted that many maternity hospitals in Ukraine already have special baths.

Consuming the placenta

In reality, consuming encapsulated placenta does not improve iron levels after childbirth in women who follow an adequate diet.

Moreover, treating postpartum anemia in this way is also ineffective.

The placenta contains many hormones, from estrogens to inhibitors. However, this does not mean that such contraception is beneficial.

Consuming encapsulated placenta by a breastfeeding mother may cause vaginal bleeding and breast engorgement in her three-month-old baby.

One placenta weighing 450 grams contains on average 234 calories, 4 grams of fat, 899 milligrams of cholesterol, 48 grams of protein, 513 grams of sodium, as well as iron, selenium, calcium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc.

In addition, it contains amino acids and B vitamins.

The placenta may also contain anesthetics that were administered to the mother during childbirth or cesarean section. Additionally, there may be very low doses of potentially toxic elements, such as arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury.

This material is for informational purposes only and should not be used for medical diagnosis or self-treatment. Our goal is to provide readers with accurate information about symptoms, causes, and methods of detecting diseases. RBС-Ukraine is not responsible for any diagnoses that readers may make based on materials from the resource. We do not recommend self-treatment and advise consulting a doctor in case of any health concerns.