Week 5: Birth Anatomy

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Birth Anatomy

By: Kayla Zuidersma


So you’re pregnant… have this sweet little one growing inside your womb (aka your uterus) that is going to grow to the point where your toes seem non existent because you haven’t seen them in so long and when it’s time the only way out is through……..and by through I mean through your lady bits that is. So what else is there to know? You got the basics down pat right?

Knowing birth anatomy will help you better prepare and understand the birth process.

I remember having my daughter and not knowing a whole lot about birth anatomy. I mean what’s there to know? And then the moment came and I had just birthed my beautiful baby girl and the midwife looked at me and said, “Can you give me a tiny push? Just the placenta to birth now.” Ummm excuse me! You mean there’s more!!??? Yep I knew of the placenta but in the moment I had completely forgot that obviously the placenta had to come out too. Like duh! I had just endured 38 hours of labour so I’ll be honest my head was in a fog by the end of it all.

Fast forward to my son being born and me already being a Doula for 2 years and knowing A LOT more information than when my daughter was born. Knowing more information about birth anatomy, I’m talking the placenta, uterus, cervix and all that, really helped me better understand what transitions my body would eventually go through to birth my baby. It not only helped me understand but took away many of my fears and anxiety knowing the normalcy of most of it. There is a certain comfort that can come with knowledge and maybe not everyone feels this way but a good balance of knowledge and understanding does wonders! Maybe you are one of those people who panic with knowledge, “OH MY GOSH! I KNOW TOO MUCH!!!!” And that’s totally ok. But it never hurts to understand a basic level knowledge.

A certain level of information can be a comfort.

In the following video we are going to unfold some of the birth anatomy that is present during birth. We will take a closer look at the uterus, the cervix, the placenta and the amniotic sac. We will take a look at a tutorial of a real placenta and the different parts of the placenta……some of you may want to fast forward that part and if you’re anything like me you’ll think it’s kinda gross but the cool factor out ways the gross by millions!

Enjoy the video! And don’t forget to join us on our social media pages for more live tutorials throughout the week on birth anatomy. 



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