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October 20th, 2006, 05:25 PM
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Alright two more and I'm done, I promise.

Another "common" complication is cord prolapse but it is frequently caused by premature rupture of membranes, and since most homebirthing women don't break their own waters (at least most that I've talked to, don't have an actual number) it's less likely to happen at home.

This last one is the only one I'm really concerned with as a homebirther and it's post partum hemorrhage. There is some speculation as to how often this is caused by drugs like pitocin and artificial oxytocin whose side effects can include prolonged bleeding, but I've heard as many women who homebirth talk about this as I have women who birthed in a hospital or birth center. Personally I think it's pretty even spread, the difference is how it's dealt with. In a hospital or birth center setting you will get more drugs and in extrememly rare cases it can lead to hysterectomy. At home I have a couple of different ways I've been told I can deal with it. The best and easiest that I've heard of is to hold a piece of the placenta between the gums and cheek. If you are squeemish you can use herbals like Shephards Purse Tincture, herbal hemostat, angelica, arnica, and dong quai. Some of these can't be used until the placenta has passed, so there are special formulas like Placenta Release, Bach's Rescue Remedy, and Womb Stringe that have herbs to stop bleeding and are safe to use before the placenta has separated. I've heard of women using oral vitamin K, but it's hard to find. You can also use cayenne pepper, either the seeds or in a tincure either by drinking it or by pouring it directly into the vagina. To me that just sounds like an obscure method of torture. But because all of these things are natural the side effects are not as damaging. The only one to be really cautious with is Shephard's purse because it is a professional clotter and you can do some serious damage if you take to much of it or use it before the placenta has detached.

Anyhow (now that I'm not in a huge rush) I hope that this explains some of the reasons why I'm not as concerned about complications, I've done a lot of research and I really feel that most problems are an effect of drugs administered by hospital staff. There are always those women who have wonderful births in the hospital and more power to them, they are stronger women than I!
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