Yesterday the CBC posted another article on placenta encapsulation. The article is low on fact and filled with fear-mongering. Certainly an article like this should lead service-providers to pay attention to their practices, ask questions, and re-evaluate protocols to ensure safe services are being offered. An article of this nature should also lead clients to ask questions of their encapsulators. Unfortunately, when a big media company publishes an article with an inflammatory headline, most people don’t read through, and of those that do, few know how to evaluate the information presented.
Let’s get to the facts.
Birth has been compared to climbing a mountain or completing a marathon. Being physically fit is an advantage. Exercise generally improves pregnancy, birth and newborn outcomes for people with normal pregnancies. There may be a protective factor for gestational diabetes, congenital anomalies, miscarriage, placental problems, intrauterine growth restriction, high blood pressure or fetal death. Evidence suggests that abnormal heart rates, cord entanglement, and the presence of meconium are significantly reduced. While there is no increase in premies, there may be fewer postdate gestations.
While breastfeeding is actively promoted in almost all Canadian communities, a new mother may need or want to prevent further lactation or dry up her milk. Reasons include still-born, surrogacy, medical conditions requiring treatment contraindicated with breastfeeding, past abuse, and lifestyle choices. For many women it’s a very difficult decision. Women need acceptance and supported in their choices. To that end, here’s information to help a woman cease lactation in the safest and least painful way.
Your waters just released – now what? Waters can release as a few drops at a time or in a gush. Only 10% of women will experience waters releasing before labour has started. In that case labour usually starts within 24 hours. The other 90% of women’s waters will release at some point during labour, usually in active labour. Below is info on self-care and warning signs.
The report alleging an infant being infected with Group-B Strep bacteria from placenta capsules is completely inaccurate. In reading through the details (summarized below), you’ll see that it’s impossible that the placenta capsules were the source of infection. This is not a study, but rather a media article. One story is never a scientific study. As is often the case in anything birth-related, the headline is misleading.