What happens to the afterbirth if you choose to have a home birth?
I know, an odd question, but I have often wondered about this. In hospitals it gets spirited away and no doubt incinerated, but at home does the midwife take it away in a bag, or does something completely different take place (assuming you are not one of those modern Mums who chooses to cook and eat it?)
After my home birth, we buried the placenta in the backyard under a tree, not right away of course. We put it in the freezer in a plastic bag until we got around to burying it. Actually, for my previous kid who was born in the hospital, I also asked for the placenta back to bury under a tree at home. It's good fertilizer, and it made us feel better than throwing it away or leaving it for the hospital to incinerate.
I guess you could do anything you want with it, including just throwing it in the garbage, if you wanted.
by hinckles koma 8 years ago
My family member wants a home birth in a pool. I had mines in the hospitals 2 times. What do you think about it? Whats better.
by Onlinemidwife 5 years ago
Did you have a birth plan and if so did it go to plan?Have you made a Birth plan for your delivery, or if you have already had your baby did you make one and did it really go to plan?
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