You could be mistaken for thinking this was fiction.
“I understand the placenta is the best tool to stop bleeding. A midwife I rang basically said it was 100% cure to stop hemorrhage. Chew on a piece. Hold a piece in your mouth or something.”
Surely just a gee-up to get the birthing-wars brewing?
“My uterus started ballooning up into my abdomen as it filled with blood. I put my newborn and my 22-month old on to nurse. Mentally told myself not to bleed used Shepherd’s purse tincture and then tucked a chunk of placenta into my cheek. I still bled and bled to the point of scary.”
But it’s not a joke. It’s real and it’s frightening in its complicity.
These are real screen grabs from an unassisted childbirth forum.
Real advice from some seriously dangerous people.
Real advice from women who believe a diet high in Vitamin C can prevent dangerous infections.
Infections such as E-coli and Group B Streptococcus, bacterial vaginosis, chlamydia, trichomona, gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV.
Infections that could kill your baby.
But that’s ok. An alkaline diet and some Vitamin C will surely see you through right?
The freebirthing world is in its nature a closed society hidden from mainstream channels for fear of vitriol. So it is unusual to get a glimpse into some of the concerns raised by women in unassisted childbirth forums.
When you actually see some of the advice and questions raised by these women it is terrifying.
In writing this I am expecting pushback from women who support these choices. I know they will come out in force and condemn me for my lack of knowledge, my perceived negativity.
And you know what? They’re damn right. I do have a lack of knowledge because I am not a medical professional and if your uterus is ballooning and your abdomen filling with blood that’s exactly what you need.
Not a chunk of placenta in your cheek.
If you’ve had complications with your two previous births, if you “are fairly sure” your child “would not have lived” if you had been alone then the fact you are considering an unassisted birth again is baffling. It is wilful ignorance.