A couple of weeks ago, Vince wrote about how we're seriously considering some birth-related options that may fall in the weird category (click for Vince's article in the Inquirer).
Those options are ingesting my placenta, giving birth underwater, and banking Wiggle's cord blood. I'll let Vince tell you how we're wading through the pros and cons. In this post, I'll tell you why we're serious about these seemingly bizarre practices.
I first heard about popping placenta pills from fellow blogger, Jenny of Chronicles of a Nursing Mom. She was, and is, quite enthusiastic about how it helped her deal with post-partum depression, something I am dreading since I had gone through it after Vito was born. It was certainly not thrilling to be weeping with despair when you have just been given a healthy beautiful baby to love. So I am intent on doing everything I can to prevent PPD from happening this time around.
Thing is, everyone says that PPD is completely random--it can happen to you, it may not; you may not feel it with the first baby but it attacks you on your second or third or last; it may be very mild or it can be severe enough to make some women want to kill their babies. And nothing, absolutely nothing, can prevent it from happening if it does strike. The only thing mom-sufferers can do is ride it out and never be alone with their newborns. So, families and friends of moms suffering from PPD, just please be there for these moms. Do not say awful things like, "Be grateful! Snap out of it! Don't be a drama queen! Millions of women have kids so stop that!"
So can you imagine my keen interest when I read several studies supporting that eating one's placenta may actually prevent or alleviate PPD? It's also said to aid in breastmilk production, help the uterus go back to normal, and help mommy's body recover from the delivery. Plus, January Jones of Mad Men ingested her placenta so that's a big deal since I love Betty Draper, er, Betty Francis.
So will I do it? Well... I dunno! It depends if I have an epidural when I give birth. The placenta is supposed to be super fresh and free from drugs, so if I decide on an epidural, well, obviously my placenta would be drug-infused. So we'll see!
For more on placenta ingestion, here's what the NY Times and Huffington Post have to say.
Well, if I did this then I wouldn't need that epidural!
I was supposed to do water birth. My OBG, Dr. Rebecca Singson, thinks I'm a great candidate since I have a high tolerance for pain, my labor is really quick, and, well, she thinks I'm influential enough to write about water birth and make it a more accepted birthing procedure. I agree with her first two points but I dunno about that third haha.
Vince's article describes why we want to do a water birth, but after we did the tour of the excellent facilities at St. Luke's Global City, I chickened out. Vince is a gentleman when he wrote that I was shy to be naked and afraid to be far from drugs. While what he said is partially true, my real reason is (and don't laugh) I'm scared I'd poop and my shit will float on the water with my baby. It's a stupid, silly reason but my friends who are nurses and doctors say that birthing women poop all the time and I just didn't want that happening! I will die of embarrassment!
So no water birth for me but I do think it's an amazing way to give birth and if you want to do it, St. Luke's Global is the only hospital here with water birth facilities (Asian Hospital used to offer but no more). Go ask for a tour!
Here's the Wiki on water birth. For videos, just go to YouTube. Tons of women giving birth in bath tubs there!
CORD BLOOD BANKING
Now here's something from the future. Vince's article already described how stem cells found in the blood from the umbilical cord can be used to treat a number of diseases. It's a very young science now but every year, scientists are finding more and more uses for stem cells, and it's a financial risk we're willing to take. After all, if it could mean saving the life of Wiggle, Vito or even Vince and me one day, then what's money?
I'm talking to a CordLife agent next week. I want to ask about payment options. It really is pricey (48K + VAT upon registration is nothing to sneeze at!). I really hope we can afford it because our children's health is of utmost importance. Some people have told us that there's very little chance our kids will develop the diseases stem cells are helping cure now. While that's true, freak accidents have been known to happen and we don't want to regret this one day. So I really really really hope we can afford cord blood banking!
Read up on cord blood banking over at Kids Health.
So there. That's what Vince and I have been mulling over while we wait for Wiggle to make his grand entrance. We hope that we make the right decisions. Sigh. Every day as a parent is always trying to make the right decision. It's not easy, this constant awareness to do what's right for your family. It's a good thing love motivates us!
P.S. You know what I really want to do? I want to be the one to pull my baby out of me. Just like how Kourtney Kardashian did!