Childbirth Education Series
Immediate Postpartum :: Feeding your Babe :: The Placenta
Thanks again for joining us!
Please note that Kori and Amanda as well as BBB co-facilitator, Elsa Asher are all available for in person and distance counselling and birth consulting.
Here are a couple links to resources and organizations we mentioned during the talk:
- La Leche League: Support for Transgender + Non-Binary Parents
- Milk Junkies - Trevor MacDonald's Blog
- Chestfeeding and supplemental feeder links
Midwives talking about delayed cord clamping+ :
- Midwife Thinking: active management of placenta birth, cord blood collection, placenta as essential resucitation equipment, nucal cords
- Gloria Lemay: umbilical cord integrity, cord pulsing policies,
- Robin Lim: Placenta The Forgotten Chakra (book)
- Umbilical Cord Burning
- Pro-Placenta Encapsulation
- Con-Placenta Encapsulation
- And this for all you fabulous queers out there . . .
And we didn't spend much time talking about newborn medical procedures, but one thing you may want to consider, especially if you give birth in the hospital, is to have a guardian/support person with you to follow the baby, if for some medical reason they need to be separated from you. Having someone offer the baby a familiar and comforting voice, as well as be witness to the procedures occurring, can make a huge difference in the healing an integration process (for everyone) afterwards.
Additionally preventing any medically unnecessary procedures that do harm or do not match with your family values, is an essential role of both you and your partner(s)/support person. Asking questions of your care provider before hand about newborn care can help mitigate many of these scenarios.
Here is a link to questions offered by the Intersex Society of North America
And More after thoughts:
Super Rooty Iron Tonic Recipie
Sacred Window: Ayurvedic Postpartum cooking and care (I highly recommend their cookbook)
Invitation for Reflection and Sharing
As part of Session 6, we invite you to reflect on the following questions:
- How do you see your postpartum time? What elements of care will you prioritize so that your family, and if you gave birth, your body, can be supported to integrate both birthing and the arrival of a new small human in your life.
- . . . babies are still exponentially growing and changing in this early time, keeping external sensory input to a minimum can be help babies develop a greater sense of coherence and security, especially if they have had any interventions in the birth process. Having a list of possible support people + networks for babe after birth can be useful. Consider doing some preliminary searches now in your local community and see what's out there. Who works with babies and children? What spaces are welcoming to babies? Working with somatic therapists, cranio sacral therapists and TCM doctors can all be excellent layers of support for both birthing parent and baby postpartum. For those of you who have financial obstacles to seeking additional layers of careproviders, start now finding out what is available for community supports and funding for new parents and babies.
- How do you plan to ask for help? Is asking or receiving help something that's challenging for you, if so, maybe start now, practicing on the small things or with trusted people, that don't push your triggers so much, see how it feels to allow yourself to receive and/or ask for what you need, slowly work up to bigger things as well as get a sense of what might continue to be challenging at this point in your life and start setting up structures that will help you to get what you need in low energy output kinds of ways
- And because I love them so much and think they deserve their space too . . . give some consideration to how you want to care for your placenta . . . birth is not the time you want to have to be deciding and/or explaining to everyone your wishes, whatever they may be, get everyone in the know ahead of time.
As always please feel free to send us your questions via email or facebook, we'll get back to you typically within a few days.
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group call dates
We are currently not offering group calls as a way to make this series more affordable and meet your personal timeline needs.
If you are wanting to further explore any topics, please reach out to either of us and we can arrange a time for a private session.