Why hire a Doula?
A doula helps you before labor and delivery by answering your questions about what to expect, easing your fears, helping you develop a birth plan, and generally getting you ready for the arrival of your baby.
Research has found that women who have continuous one-on-one support during labor tend to use pain medication less often, have slightly shorter labors, and are less likely to have a c-section or a forceps or vacuum-assisted delivery.
A doula’s presence at birth:
- Tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
- Reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
- Reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans
- Reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals
Research shows parents who receive support can:
- Feel more secure and cared for
- Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
- Have greater success with breastfeeding
- Have greater self-confidenceHave less postpartum depression
- Have lower incidence of abuse
WHAT ARE THE BENEFICIAL HORMONES AND NUTRIENTS FOUND IN THE PLACENTA preparations?
Hormones are used by your body to regulate and control specific functions.
During pregnancy, the placenta produces and stores many nutrients and hormones to nourish your baby and sustain your pregnancy. Some of the hormones produced do not normally occur in the body but are essential for the birth and breastfeeding experience.
For many women, with the loss of the placenta there is a delay before the body resumes its own naturally-balanced production of hormones and nutrients. Placenta encapsulation offers a bridge during this period to help maintain the body's equilibrium and provide a positive experience for the mother and child.
Main Hormones in the Placenta:
Placenta Opioid Enhancing Factor - enhances the effectiveness of opioids, so pain relief is more effective and less is needed
Oxytocin - known as the "love hormone," produces feelings of happiness and aids in bonding with your infant
Human Placental Lactogen - prepares the mammary glands for milk production
Other Hormones in the Placenta:
Cortisone- releases cortisol to combat stress and increase energy
Interferon- stimulates the immune system
Hemoglobin- stimulates iron production
Prolactin- stimulates milk production
Urokinase Inhibiting Factor- reduces bleeding
Nutrients Found in High Levels in the Placenta:
What are the PHYSICAL and emotional BENEFITS OF THE LOTUS OR HALF LOTUS BIRTH?
Baby and placenta are a single unit, they are conceived and form from the same cells, they grow and are delivered together, the placenta IS and essential organ, like the lungs, the heart, or the kidneys, it is absolutely necessary for the baby's survival, however is not always treated as such and is disregard as not part of the unit. There's no medical evidence that supports the need to detach the baby from the placenta immediately after birth, and there are studies that show the negative and traumatic physical and emotional reactions babies do have at the cutting of their umbilical cords.
This umbilical non severance techniques ensure that the physical babies body receives the full quotient of blood that is in the cord, the new born obtains 40-60 ml of oxygen -bearingand nutritious blood from the placenta if the cord is not clamped, tied or cut until the pulsation ceases completely. The practice of cutting the new born cord before pulsation stops completely or before placenta delivery represents the loss of 30 to 60 ml of blood that can be compared to a hemorrhage of 1200 ml in an adult. It is proven that babies who remain attached to their placentas for a minimum of 4 hours present lower new born weigh loss than immediately clamped babies.
The stress levels of the new born are reduced, since the placenta blood is reach in Oxytocin, Serotonin, Cortisone and Placenta Opioid Enhancing Factor, the more placenta blood is passed trough the cord to the baby, the more of this calm inducing anti stress hormones and the easiest the passage into the new environment.
The prolonged contact with the cord and the placenta allows the baby to gentle transition and release the mother's body contact, and continue the natural and compassionate separation. Allowing the whole family to be a participant in this process and witness the sacredness of Nature's natural unfolding