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RaMa Mama: Doula Share of the Month - The Power of the Placenta...

Once the egg is fertilized by the sperm, the placenta is the first organ to develop. A few days after fertilization, the cells of the placenta start producing hormones that prepare the endometrium (uterus lining) for the embryo to implant, and play an essential role in the health of the baby in the early stages of pregnancy. Essential nutrients and oxygen are absorbed from the blood stream and delivered to the developing baby through a network of blood vessels in the placenta. It also blocks bacteria and viruses from reaching the baby, or the mother's immune system from attacking the baby as a foreign object. Also, waste leaving the baby moves from the umbilical cord to the placenta, and into the mother's bloodstream to be eliminated by her organs. Before we had hospitals, nurses, and doctors, the placenta and cord used be kept attached until they separated naturally 3-10 days after the birth. In today's era of advanced technology, we have many options.

Every mother gets to decide what happens to her placenta, as it is part of her body and there are civilizations that have used the placenta for healing after labor and delivery for eons. The most important thing is that the doctors, nurses, and hospital staff are aware that they will be bagging it up to send it home after the birth is done. Historically, the placenta has been eaten for its nutrients and energetics. From its regenerative healing, wound care, nervous system balancing, and neurological healing powers, to the energetic and emotional protection and Love that it provides, the placenta is a sacred and powerful organ. It can be made into a powder and then encapsulated and frozen in order to help make consuming it easier. Sprinkle it over food, into smoothies, or put it into recipes. By infusing the placenta powder in alcohol, a tincture can be created as well. Since all of the most important nutrients the baby needs comes through this organ, it has proven to be extremely healing to those who consume it after birth.

Some families would rather keep the placenta for other uses. It can be buried in the ground with seeds or clippings of a tree or plant to help it grow with the Loving energies of the soul of the child. Some people use them as art pieces in drawings, paintings, sculptures, or other types of artwork. There are companies that make jewelry or skincare products out of placentas and umbilical cords. The key is in understanding the healing power of this organ and appreciation for all that it does to help ensure the health and safety of the unborn child in the womb. As a mother-to-be, what would you like to do with your placenta? The choice is yours!

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