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The Uncelebrated Star

The Birth of the Placenta


When you think of birth, your mind likely jumps to the moment when a newborn takes their first breath, their cries filling the room with joy. Yet, there’s another significant yet often overlooked hero in this journey—the placenta. Its birth, though less celebrated, is a miraculous event in its own right. Let’s shed some light on this essential organ and its fascinating role.

The placenta is an incredible creation of nature, a complex organ that forms during your pregnancy to nurture and sustain your developing baby. Acting as a lifeline, it provides oxygen and nutrients while removing waste products. As your bond with your baby strengthens, the placenta symbolizes your deepening connection and the life you are supporting.

As your baby takes that first breath and begins their journey outside the womb, the placenta’s role isn’t finished. Known as the third stage of labor, the birth of the placenta follows your baby’s arrival. This process, as awe-inspiring as your baby’s entrance, often remains in the shadows.

The birth of the placenta is initiated by rhythmic contractions that continue after your baby is born. These contractions, though less intense than those for birthing your baby, are essential as they help detach the placenta from the uterine wall. This natural process, a delicate dance of biology, involves a series of contractions that assist the placenta in separating and moving toward the birth canal.

During this time, the “golden hour” unfolds—a precious period for you to bond profoundly with your baby. As the placenta makes its journey, skin-to-skin contact supports the release of hormones that promote relaxation, connection, and even the beginning of breastfeeding.

The umbilical cord, which connects your baby to the placenta, plays a role too. It pulses with the remaining blood from the placenta, transferring valuable stem cells back to your baby. This transfer continues until the cord ceases to pulse, marking the end of the placenta’s journey.

As we celebrate the birth of a baby, let’s also honor the placenta’s role in this journey. Just as your baby’s birth marks the beginning of new life, the birth of the placenta signifies the end of one stage and the start of another. It’s a part of the interchange between life, nature, and the process of birth.

Though the birth of the placenta may be a quieter moment, it’s no less significant. It represents the completion of a cycle, the nurturing and protective role of an incredible organ, and the beginning of a new chapter in your story as a mother. Let’s take a moment now to acknowledge and appreciate the placenta’s role in the beautiful experience of birth:

Placenta Gratitude Meditation

Invite your birth partner to lead you through this meditation.

Begin by finding a quiet and comfortable space where you can sit or lie down. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and allow yourself to relax.

Take a deep breath in through your nose, allowing your abdomen to expand as you fill your lungs with air. Hold for a moment, and then exhale slowly through your mouth, releasing any tension. Repeat this a few times until you feel centered and calm.

Visualize your baby inside your womb, cocooned in the warm embrace of the placenta. Picture the life-giving connection between your baby and this incredible organ.

As you focus on this connection, let feelings of gratitude well up within you. Think about the nourishment, oxygen, and protection the placenta provides to your baby. Feel the deep sense of appreciation for the role it plays in your pregnancy.

Guided Affirmations:
Repeat these affirmations silently or aloud, allowing each word to resonate with your gratitude:

  • “I am thankful for the placenta, a miracle of life within me.”
  • “I appreciate the way it nourishes and protects my precious baby.”
  • “The placenta is a symbol of the incredible journey we are on together.”
  • “I am grateful for this unspoken connection between my baby and me.”
  • “With each heartbeat, I send love and appreciation to the placenta.”

Continue to focus on your breath, inhaling positivity and gratitude, and exhaling any stress or tension. With each breath, imagine your gratitude growing stronger and enveloping both you and your baby.

As you conclude this placenta gratitude meditation, take a moment to thank yourself for your commitment to nurturing your baby and appreciating the beauty of this experience. When you’re ready, gently open your eyes and carry this sense of gratitude and connection with you throughout your pregnancy journey.

Remember that this meditation can be revisited whenever you want to rekindle your gratitude and strengthen your connection with your growing baby and the miraculous placenta that supports them.


Navigating your postpartum journey
interpersonal hypnotherapist


As a certified birth and postpartum doula, lactation counselor, and hypnotherapist, I specialize in using Hypnotherapy to enhance the childbirth experience. I offer both in-person and virtual sessions to guide you in connecting with a deep inner state of calm and ease during labor, no matter where you are. My sessions in Soul Connections and Clinical Hypnotherapy are designed to release fear and tension, nurturing a profound, meaningful connection with your baby. With my expertise in Transpersonal Hypnotherapy and Soul Integration, I help you connect with your inner wisdom, empowering you to become a mindful, present, and spiritually aware parent. My holistic approach supports you in cultivating trust and confidence throughout your pregnancy, birth, and beyond.


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