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Lara’s Placenta Recipe

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in Placenta Recipes

My favourite method of preparing a placenta

Ingredients

  • 1 placenta (membrane & cord removed)
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Black pepper
  • Fresh chilli chopped (optional)
  • Serve with

  • Green salad, beansprouts, spinach, avocado

NB. Eat raw salad before to help your body absorb the nutrients better!)

Method

Fry onion, garlic & chilli till brown in olive oil
Remove from pan (oil now flavoured) Heat pan hotter>br/> Flash fry placenta for 1 minute each side (leaving raw hormone in the middle)
Turn down heat
Add onions, garlic, chilli
Stir & season, eat ASAP!

EAT YOUR PLACENTA! It’s good for you!

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in Nutrition

Why you should definitely eat your placenta

Basically it’s the thing that your body has made from itself and the food that you have eaten to provide for your baby while it is inside you!

Once your baby is born your whole perspective changes!

NOW the placenta is the natural way to increase the iron & nutrient levels in your body which were depleted by making your baby! It is also the natural way to ensure that you do not suffer unduly with post natal depression!

Ick factor

“Throw it away! It’s disgusting!”

(Don’t be so soft!)

Misguided mush factor

“Let’s bury it under a tree!”

…..

Lara’s rule of thumb:

Bury the membrane & the cord, eat the squishy bits!

It is the best meal a post birthing woman can eat within the first 36 hours of birth! It’s also the only vegan-friendly flesh! No death occurred in its making!

Remember dads could and the extended family could eat some too!

Real-life responses

“I felt rocket powered!” LARA
“Tastes good! Not as bad as I expected!” ISOBEL
“After a beautiful natural birth, seemed like the natural thing to do!” PHIL
“The delicious, nutritious snack you can eat between babies without ruining your appetite!” GEOFF

As part of my doula service I offer to cook your placenta for you in a variety of ways and I’m always open to new ideas!

I can also create medicine for you from your placenta. I can dry and encapsulate it for you, and also create mother essence and homeopathic remedies.

Labour – The Giving of Birth (A Naughty Fairy’s Perspective)

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in Birthing Stories

Yup! It’s not a walk in the park! It’s not Armageddon either! The most natural thing for your body to do! What you were made for! So how do you do it? How do you fall off a cliff? Relax, let it happen, hope for the best! Sometimes there is a mucousy discharge 1-3 days before (a show!) sometimes not!

The bag around the baby (waters) sometimes breaks (oops! I’ve wee’d meeself!) first, before contractions (like big period pains) start, sometimes they break later!! Or you break them yourself (bag can be broken with clean fingers if the cervix is opened 8cm or more!)

The contractions, rushes, pains, start off like period pains, pretty irregular not too strong pretty long periods in between. You notice them around the base of your belly & your back. If you’ve got a high pain threshold you’ll be able to sit about, drink helpful herb teas (Agnus Castus, Sage etc.) make sure everything is ready, comfy warm! Practice working with the rushes & your breath so it starts to widen your cervix (visualise opening flowers, golden pulsating donuts! etc. use your imagination!)

When the cervix gets to half way (5cm), the contractions, rushes become closer together, about every 3 -5 minutes, & longer! You can feel your muscles around your baby hardening as the rushes arrive, peak & dissolve! Massage, warm baths, walking around, deep breathing, Blue Cohash teas or tinctures, dancing, fire swinging, chocs wiv a drop of lavender in them, lovely music, all help you work with the rhythm of your body to widen your cervix & move the baby into position between your bum bone & pelvis. Lovely!

O.K. this is the home straight! feel like you need a big poo? Brain convincing you that you can’t do this? Feel the need to have all the drugs right now? Guess what? The babe is nearly here you’ve done all the pre- moves! Now all you have to do is push your baby out!! YES YOU CAN!! The pains come in waves, act like a surfer when the rushes come, see it feel it ride with it! Push as hard as you can, then relax into the hot fluffy respite! It may only be 10 seconds but appreciate it!

Get into your most comfy position, squatting , kneeling, hanging round your partners neck, hanging from a rope ( connection to fathers genitals optional!) leaning on a tree, there are many ways , but make sure you let gravity help you these last few steps!

You’ll feel like your baby’s coming out of your bum but really its only passing by, stroking downwards on your back could be helpful to remind you where the babe is going! Push again & then as you push feel Chinese burns on your bits like nothing on earth, beautiful and terrible instantaneously ( the baby’s head has reached the exit hole) now a time for breathing & resting, possibly warm flannels on your fanny, clitoris to bum will ease the whole story!

Possibly a few pushes where you feel that he’s going back in! Believe that each rush your baby is 1cm closer to being born & it will be so!! Then a big push, like all of you is focussed on one huge push to poo out your own bottom hole (I know! Gross eh?!) Then relax! The baby’s out, (all babies look a bit purple or blue when they first get out cos it takes a while for the red blood to start circulating round!! Lots of rubbing & cuddles will soon have her looking pink & gorgeous! ) put it on your skin, feel warm & together with your baby, maybe baby’ll feed maybe not! Smell that smell! Meet those eyes! Feel like a super hero ‘cos you are! Then about 10 mins later, another contraction, push! Concentrating, then out comes the placenta, joined to the baby by the umbilical cord. When the cord stops pulsing with blood, clamp it twice & cut in between the two clamps! That’s it! Baby & mother all fit & healthy! Nice one!

That’s it! All above time limits vary to fit women, as all are different! Naturally birthing your baby is good strong & clever! It is the action that enables you to trust you mother instinct over your logical brain recreating you as a mother!

Be brave & strong, confidant & hard working & all will be well! Lots of love & luck!

LARAxxxxxxx

Iron tea

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in Mineral Supplements, Second Trimester

Up your Iron intake naturally

This is an alternative to iron supplements. Drink daily for iron maintenance. Eat extra lemons & spinach (for vitamin c & folic acid) for persistent anaemia.

Ingredients

  • ¼ tsp yellow dock root
  • ¼ tsp Nettles
  • ¼ tsp Raspberry leaves
  • ¼ tsp Comfrey leaf

Method

Add one cup of boiling water and steep for 45 minutes

Dose

Drink one cup daily

Herbal tea for an easy birth

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in During Labour

Raspberry leaf, Rosehip, Elderberry, Hawthorn, Feverfew, Dill tea

This remedy will help tone your body for childbirth, toning your uterus & balancing your hormones. Tastes good! ( NB. Test raspberry leaves by 1 tsp to one cup boiling water, cover stand for 45 min drink, then feel the reaction in your belly , does it contract, like a period pain? Then u don’t need it! You only need it for the last 4 weeks!

  • 2 tbsp Raspberry Leaves
  • 1 tbsp Rosehips
  • 1 tbsp Elderberries/ leaves
  • 1 tbsp Hawthorn Hips / flowers/ leaves
  • ½ tbsp Feverfew
  • 1 tsp Dill seed
  • ¼ tsp Cloves

METHOD

Grind up all ingredients to a powder
Pour 2 cups of boiling water over 2 tbsp of mixture
Cover tightly & allow to steep for 4 hours
Take 1tsp in food or drink 2x a day throughout pregnancy
Can be used as helpful labor brew

Ginger Tea for Morning Sickness

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in First Trimester

Ginger tea made from fresh ginger root is a wonderful remedy for pregnancy especially during your first three months as it can help stave off morning sickness.

To make one cup of ginger tea, put about three teaspoons of grated ginger root for each cup of boiling water to a teapot, and steep for ten minutes. You can add lemon or honey to taste. Ginger tea can be cooled and kept in the refridgerator, it’s delicious cold too!

Placenta mother tincture

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in Placenta Medicine

Your placenta is an amazing organ, made from you, inspired by your baby to create, feed and sustain your baby and yourself to Birth and beyond. A placenta mother tincture is your very own hormonally-focused life remedy. It balances your hormones and creates physical and mental wellbeing in you and your baby after Birthing. This medicine is ancient, the Mother’s primary tool in the medicinal care of herself and her family. Sadly in recent times the medical industry and the pharmaceutical industry have colluded to separate the Mother from her personally-powered medicine chest, telling her that it is rubbish, leftovers, a biohazard! I have been preparing placentas for over a decade now, and sadly most medical staff still recoil in horror at the thought of anything to do with the placenta and its medicinal benefits. In past times when the housewife and mother had the primary role of healing and caring for family members, placenta remedies were considered a true treasure. Happily people are once again becoming interested. I am so glad! This ancient knowledge should not be lost with the changing living conditions of today’s families, when it can give so much! I hope someday soon a nurse, doctor or midwife will ask me about Placenta Medicine and actually listen with interest as the wise mothers and fathers do!

HOW TO MAKE A PLACENTA MOTHER TINCTURE

It is very simple! Take a teaspoon sized piece of Placenta, from the side connected to Mamma for the Mamma medicine and from the end of the umbilical cord for the Baby medicine. Place in a sterile jar filled with 40 % proof alcohol ( rum is good ), leave in The Sun and Moon ( 24hrs), strain the mixture through a muslin cloth and place in a dark glass bottle. Take a sterile dark glass dropper bottle, half fill with spring water and half with alcohol, then add 13 drops of tincture . You have now made your own Placenta Mother Essence. Well done! Be well! Fairy love, Lara xxxxxx

Maternity massage – Elaine Stillerman

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in Midwifery notes

MASSAGE FOR BIRTH – ELAINE STILLERMAN

Safe, nurturing, non-judgemental, well-informed, loving, stress-reducing… THIS is the environment we want to create for massage and childbirth.

Quadratus Lumborum

The Quadratus Lumborum is the primary muscle involved in back pain during pregnancy. For the relief of lower back pain use ‘strain, counter strain’ technique
STRAIN, COUNTER STRAIN
  •  Assist mother to lie on her side, keep knees together as much as possible when getting into position to support and protect the symphysis pubis (the cartilage join in the middle of the pelvis, above the pubic bone)
  •  Support the belly, raise the knees with pillows
  •  Find the place where there is the most strain in the muscle, by feeling and asking the client
  • When you have found the exact spot, press spot with your thumb, whilst holding other hand on the hip and pushing with a medium force forward ( this gently rotates the pelvis while you are relaxing and recalibrating the muscle with your other hand)
  • Repeat on the other side so the body is balanced!
  • HOLD THESE POSITIONS FOR 90SECS WITH EQUAL FORCE THROUGHOUT. This resets the neurons and the receptors in the body, brain and muscles and relieves the pain.

THE PSOAS

This is the muscle that reaches from the back of the hip down to the side of the knee. Pains here can be treated with muscle relaxation and strain counter strain.
MUSCLE RELAXATION
  • With the woman lying on her side supported by cushions, get her to bend her leg up towards her stomach and lift it towards the sky.
  • Practitioner stands facing the woman’s belly, assisting the lift of the leg with their right hand and giving something to push against with the left.
  • Have woman push her leg forward like she is bending her knee upwards for 5secs, then release.
  • This assists the hip to release and the leg will extend further when she straightens it out, along and back from her body.
  • Repeat this 3 to 5 times until the desired extension and pain relief has occurred.
  • Repeat on the other side so the body is balanced.
STRAIN COUNTER STRAIN
  • Have the client lie on her back with one leg straight one leg bent at right angles outwards.
  • Feel the top of her pelvis in towards the pubis until you find a sore spot.
  • Press the point with your top hand thumb, support the knee and lift gently to rotate the hip with the other hand.
  • Hold this position for 90 secs the muscle will release and reset its neurons and receptors
  • Repeat on both sides so the body is balanced!

PERIFORMIS

This is a muscle that reaches from the hip bone to bottom cheek! Pain can be relieved with the ‘strain, counter strain’ method.
STRAIN COUNTER STRAIN
  • Have the woman lay on her side supported by pillows
  • Face her belly and lift her top thigh a little upwards with your forearm
  • With your other hand feel for a sore point from top hip bone to bottom of the bottom cheek
  • When you have the place, apply thumb pressure and rotate hip for 90secs
  • The muscle will release and reset its neurons and receptors
  • Repeat on both sides so the body is balanced!
Elaine Stillerman is a brilliant massage therapist, designer of the amazing massage balls (smelly balls) and a great karaoke singer! With these techniques, she creates a calm, pain-relieving massage that uses the least amount of effort whilst creating the most amount of relief.

Haemorrhage and Third Stage difficulties – notes – Gail Hart

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in Midwifery notes

  • ‘1/3 of women die in childbirth’ IS A LIE!
Women at full term can die of
  • septic miscarriage
  • blood loss

Symptoms of haemorrhage

  • Fainting
  • Sickness
  • Mothers face pale
  • Lips blue
  • Low blood pressure
  • Rapid pulse (100, 110)
  • Convulsions

Notes on haemorrhage

  • Average blood loss is 435 cc ( 4 cups ) to 800cc (6 cups) – 1 full pad = 1/2 a cup
  • Women can lose up to a litre of blood ( 8 cups) and still survive ! – however we should be vigelant about blood loss and keep it to a minimum
  • 500cc of blood loss = 1g haemoglobin loss
  • In waterbirth, if you can see the bottom of the tub then the blood loss is normal.
  • If a woman is bleeding too much her uterus needs to be closed – if the placenta is still in it has to be removed.
  • To keep the cord intact helps the placenta trigger the separation – the whole system remains oxygenate
  • Routine use of Pitocin ( synthetic oxytocin) or oxytocic herbs to over stimulate labour can be cause of bleeding

Normal birth= normal placenta delivery

  • Let the uterus expel the baby- assist the baby and mother to skin-to-skin contact
  • To watch the physiological stages of separation means to assist the true way of expulsion
  • Placental expulsion can take from 30 mins to 6 hrs!
  • To pull on the cord when the womb is not contracting will only cause problems
  • Hold the cord, feel the womb, feel the slack – DO NOT TUG!
  • Watch, Wait, Allow physiology to progress – be like the animal and let nature take its course
  • Shepherds purse herb can stop bleeding and contract the uterus
  • You can also use your hands to contract the uterus- rub the mama’s belly flat-handed, support under the uterus and push from above – you are trapping those blood cells and stopping the bleeding.
  • Also, nipple stimulation and breastfeeding can help
  • A thumbnail piece of placenta in the mother’s mouth activates uterus contractions in 20 seconds!
  • Getting upright and blowing in a bottle can help the placenta to separate
  • Get the mama to cough or sneeze this can also help
  • The best way is to not disturb the natural bonding space of mother and baby- leave the room for 20 mins*  make yourself invisible – leave the woman to birth her placenta herself with no fuss!
*hi lara, you take great notes, but I need to post a correction there. I probably mispoke something in the class. “I” was not the midwife who said to leave the room for 20 minutes to give the mother privacy to birth her own placenta. I said I know of this teaching and assisted a midwife once who followed this. I don’t personally do this or advocate it; I just know of some who do, but I’m personally not comfortable with leaving her. I always stay with the woman, nearby but as much out of her way as possible, so I can observe her and her baby and help if needed. But I try to stay quiet and pretty invisible and unintrusive. I could be on a chair nearby, or perhaps just by the door, but I don’t leave. About using your hands to stop bleeding: The hands are the best and most effective tool. Faster than medications. About placenta — it is a very effective emergency treatment, and the knowledge should be reclaimed. It used to be known throughout the world but has been forgotten in many on haemorrhage and third stage difficulties – Gail Hart

Disclaimer

Information on this website is not intended to provide diagnosis or prescriptions. It is an informational guide to help you better understand your body, your health, and some of the natural medicines available to you. Keep in mind that while plants are not drugs they can be very powerful, and their effects cannot be guaranteed as they vary from woman to woman.

The remedies, recipes and advice on this website are based on the personal experiences of the authors, however they cannot be held responsible for any adverse effects resulting from the use of these treatments. If in doubt please do not hesitate to consult an herbal practitioner, midwife, naturopath, physician or gynaecologist.

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