Tricks of the Trade – Issue 144
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Tricks of the Trade – Issue 144
Placenta accreta is a serious condition of pregnancy that has been increasing worldwide since the 1980s. It can lead to severe hemorrhaging and death. It has been a leading cause of the increasing maternal mortality in the United States in the past few decades.
Poetry – Issue 144
Wisdom of the Midwives: Placentas – Issue 144
When a pregnant woman mentions to her medical provider that she wants to leave the baby’s umbilical cord to pulse until it has turned white, the provider might say “Oh, no, you don’t want to do that because your baby can get too much blood in his/her body.”
All my life I had been interested in psychology because I wanted to know what made me suffer, what makes people in general suffer, and how suffering can be alleviated or even healed. Finally, I discovered the new field of prenatal psychology. “The secret life of the unborn child,” as Professor Thomas Verny so brilliantly described, offered satisfying answers to my manifold questions that any other school of psychology had not been able to so far.
Mother’s bodies are generally made to birth their babies. And babies come in all sizes—the same as pelvises. Mostly, the baby and the pelvis fit well together, so during contractions in active labor we see a progressive, smooth, and gentle birth process. Every woman takes time to birth her baby, connecting to her strength, reinforcing her inner power, and learning to dive into her path toward motherhood.
Michele Savonarola was a court physician who served the house of Este in the fifteenth-century city-state of Ferrara, Italy, and was a prolific writer of Latin and Italian texts. About 1460, he composed his vernacular Italian manual bearing the Latin title, De regimine praegnantium et noviter natorum usque ad septennium, or Guide for Pregnant Women and Newborns up to the Seventh Year, which has recently been translated into English (Zuccolin and Marafioti). The Guide allows today’s English readers to learn more about midwifery, maternity, medical practice, and the realities of the childbearing year, including the care of the newborn, in early modern Italy.
We focus on two reasons why the human placenta is special. First, it is highly effective at transferring maternal antibodies toward the fetal bloodstream. Second, it is not eaten by the mother.
Many years ago, in a galaxy far, far away … I was at Aria’s first homebirth, which was taking its sweet, mellow time. No problems, just a slow, laid-back birth. I was asked to help pass the time telling birth stories.
From the studies of human groups that had retained palaeolithic characteristics until the twentieth century, we can conclude that before the “neolithic revolution” women were isolating themselves to give birth and that procreation was usually starting soon after puberty (Everett 2008; .Shostak 1990; Schiefenhovel 1978)
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