Nurtured Birthing Classes – Week Six

As we come to an end of the six weeks of classes it’s incredible to think that you are all that much closer to having your baby in your arms. We have covered a lot of information in that time – and of course created a new community of women who can support each other through the journey to motherhood!

For any of you who are finishing Birthing classes with me this term I would love to ask for your feedback – either privately or publicly as I continually seek to improve the support provided for women locally. You can email me your feedback privately or if you would like to leave me a review on Facebook to help other expectant mums in the area learn more that would be lovely too and you can leave a review here:

Until the next step on your journey, see you soon mama and take care of you and bump!

In our last class we focused on the 3rd stage of labour – sharing that while you may well be oblivious to all but your newborn baby there are actually important elements at play in baby’s first hour.

There are 3 ways of approaching the birth of your placenta:

Physiological – Let your body do the work itself without intervention, your natural oxytocin continues to allow the uterus to contract, skin to skin with baby, baby skin to skin or suckling at the breast, working with gravity and your breath and placenta is detached from the uterine wall. A full physiological birth would be waiting until the cord has gone white and possibly waiting until the placenta is born before cutting the cord.

Additional resources to read about physiological birth of the placenta:
Sara Wickham – Tips for physiological birth of the placenta
What is a truly physiological birth of a placenta
Leaving Well Alone: A Natural Approach to the Third Stage of labour

Active Management – This is where an injection of chemical oxytocin (Syntocinon) is injected into the thigh after the baby is born, this is very likely if there has been any intervention in labour and the natural production levels of your hormones have been altered in any way (for example during an induction where Syntocinon has been used). This acts as the catalyst for more powerful uterine contractions at this point (in the same way as if it is given to induce labour or stimulate contractions during labour). In most cases the placenta will be expelled in 5-10 minutes but can be up to 30 mins.

Should you have a physiological or active managed third stage

Delayed Active Management – This is the blend of these two options – as the injection can be given at any point should things feel like they are happening too slowly.

The Hour of Power

After your baby’s birth there is a transition stage often called the Golden Hour and they will follow their primal wiring

The Breast Crawl

When you and baby have had an undisturbed and unmedicated birth they have the ability to crawl to breast and latch themselves on

Waiting for white

Penny Simkin demonstrates why the baby’s umbilical cord should not be clamped and cut immediately following birth.

Vitamin K

This is something that you might not yet know about but are routinely offered after the birth of your baby. But what is Vitamn K?