Disposal has been the most common placenta tradition of western culture for recent generations and I aim to be part of that change for many reasons. The healing powers of the placenta have been cherished for centuries before us. Around the world, the placenta is regarded as sacred; shown respect with lotus births and cord burning, loved and remembered with art and burial ceremonies and kept on hand at all times to be used medicinally by families and pharmacies. Currently in the United States, sheep and cow placenta are allowed in skin and hair care products under the name “polypeptides” for building collagen and stimulating cell growth (Enning). In addition to realizing how placenta consumption is supporting families after birth, the recent scientific research has led to the placenta being used in regenerative healing. The placenta is truly amazing.
Benefits of Delayed Umbilical Cord Cutting
Many people believe a baby is physically affected by allowing the placenta to be born while still attached: a lotus birth. In the short time while a baby has already been born but his placenta is still in the womb, incredible and dire acts happen. Dr. Sarah Buckley, M.D., a lotus birth advocate who has practiced the act twice herself, explains how the placenta has prepared for this amazing feat, transfusing a third of a baby’s blood volume and “a month’s supply of iron-rich blood and stem cells that fill a baby’s lungs, kidney, liver, gut and skin”. Baby NEEDS this. In addition to the life force it is providing to the baby, the mother benefits from a more pleasant placenta birth because “as long as the cord remains attached, a maximum amount of blood flows out of the placenta so its volume reduces and it can detach easily” (Francis-Pester). Who doesn’t want a more pleasant birth?
Experts now claim the final blood transfusion process protects a baby from disorders like “Cerebral Palsy, ADD and Autism” (Buckley). Who remembers all the Hollywood birth scenes? I grew up thinking the first thing you’re supposed to do when a baby is born is, “Quick! Cut the cord!” Wow. When in reality, the placenta can maintain a baby’s life, as long as they are still attached. Robin Lim has witnessed babies who have come back to life, from warming and massaging the placenta while still attached. And, did you know the umbilical cord actually turns white and collapses once it is finished transferring all of Baby’s blood?
Studying Placenta Treatments
As we wait for a large human placenta consumption study to be released in March of 2016 by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, it’s easy to connect the dots. We know that the hormones and nutrients lost after birth contribute to postpartum depression. We know how each source in the placenta benefits the body. The animal studies all support the benefits of placenta consumption, which is why the human studies were approved. Doctors in the United States and all over the world are using placentas for many medical treatments today and scientists have evidence, “placenta tissues are a source of a new SUPER STEM CELL” (Glausser 26).
My mother-in-law is a hair stylist in small town Texas. She called just the other day to tell us one of her clients came in with a story. The woman had accidentally put the wrong drops in her eye and caused very severe burns, on her eyeball! Well, the doctors in her small town hospital used human placenta to cover the burns to regenerate her eyeball! The woman is healing quickly! Amazing! Scientists are researching an endless list of placenta treatments for diseases like Diabetes, and brain disorders like Parkinson’s. Doctors are currently using “injected placental tissues to treat cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis” (Enning 25). The placenta could actually change the world.
What do you think?
Talking with my community, overall, it seems that most women are open to receiving more information about taking placenta, especially if it is going to benefit her baby. And if you ask me, if the placenta has the power to regenerate tissue and heal diseases, I think it’s benefiting my baby and me. I also think every woman deserves the right for her placenta choices to be respected, whether its something she wants to keep private or share with the world. For me, it’s a thrilling time to be here, to be in this field of service, possibly on the brink of a life-changing phenomenon… The placenta, a secret healing tool that we have carried in us all along.
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- Buckley, Sarah, M.D. (2005, July/August). The Amazing Placenta MD Issue 131.
Retrieved from http://www.mothering.com/articles/the-amazing-placenta/
- Francis-Pester, Dawn. (2008, October). Honoring the Placenta Web Exclusive.
Retrieved from http://www.mothering.com/articles/honoring-the-placenta/
- Lim, Robin. (2010). Placenta the Forgotten Chakra. Bali, Indonesia: Half Angel Press.
- Enning, Cornelia. (2007). Placenta: The Gift Of Life. Eugene, Oregon: Motherbaby Press.
- Glausser, Anne. (2009, June). The Placenta’s Second Life. Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lib