Why don't people talk more about the placenta?

Quick and easy answer: Because the guys would make sure they weren't in the room at the time of birth.

So, I know what the placenta is. I know what it does. I learned all of those things in biology and in baby research reading. I even knew it had to come out. I mean, the third stage of child birth, according to our baby class, is "Delivery of the Placenta." I guess I just never actually stopped to think too much more about it.

Then...one day, I was watching a video clip on BabyCenter.com. This thing looks like it's about the same size as the baby. Only, much more disgusting. I guess I expected the placenta to look like a honey bee hive from Winnie the Pooh, or something.

Now...before all you fembots start yelling at me, I think the female body is a beautiful thing. I think pregnancy is beautiful and I respect woman for being the ones God chose to give this "honor" to.

But, the placenta is disgusting. I mean...look at it:



Okay, okay...so that's not really a placenta. I couldn't post an actual picture. But, if you want to see what one looks like (assuming you've never seen one), you can see it here.

In our baby class text book, they talk about all the stages of labor and they have a section on what Dad should be doing during each stage. Things like, loading the car during the first stage, soothing Mom during the second stage.

During the third stage, delivery of the placenta, there is only one suggestion for what Dad should be doing. "Take some time to meet your baby."

See...even the child-birth experts are like, NOOOOOO...LOOK AWAY. DON'T LOOK AT THE BLOODY SLIMY BABY-SIZED SACK THAT JUST CAME OUT OF YOUR WIFE!

When Starbuck is born, I plan to be securly in my place, meeting my baby.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Now, as a woman and someone who may potentially bear children one day. . even I want to get as far away from the placenta as possible. Ooogy. I think I'll be more of the "schedule a 10am C-Section" sort of mother.

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