"I Ate My Placenta", And Other Reasons Motherhood Has Turned Me Into a Hippie

Before getting pregnant I knew nothing about natural medicine. I live in Portland, Oregon, so this is probably surprising, since we definitely have a disproportionate amount of acupuncturists, naturopaths, doulas, midwives, etc. compared to the rest of the country. But, before getting pregnant I was definitely a conventional Western medicine kind of girl.

I think the first step into hippie-dom was my decision to have an out-of-hospital birth. I decided to have an all-natural water birth at a freestanding birthing center. Once I made that decision, it was a slippery slope. My first clue should’ve been my midwife’s dreadlocks and the fact that she had her first child on a bus … that she was living in.  I’m pretty sure that’s the epitome of hippy-ness. Totally cool, but still … totally hippie. From then on it’s been all-natural all the time.

Read on to see how motherhood has turned me into a hippie …

  • I ate my placenta 1 of 5
    I ate my placenta
    Seriously. I thought it was gross at first, but after trying everything else to increase my breast milk supply I changed my tune and had mine encapsulated. The health benefits are supposed to be amazing, but I'm pretty sure all my non-hippie friends reading this are probably thoroughly grossed out right now — I know my husband is.
    Read more about encapsulating your placenta on Babble Voices
  • I now take tinctures instead of prescriptions. 2 of 5
    I now take tinctures instead of prescriptions.
    Before motherhood I never even knew what a tincture was and now I'm taking three of them on a regular basis along with a lactation tea. Whole Foods has become my new pharmacy.
    What's a tincture? Find out!
  • I’m considering not vaccinating 3 of 5
    I'm considering not vaccinating
    I always just assumed I'd vaccinate, but after learning more about it I'm not so sure. I may just go the delayed route, but some I'll probably just skip. Expect to see my little one at a local chicken pox party in a few years.
    Check out the latest news on vaccinations over at Strollerderby
  • I’m going to be cloth diapering 4 of 5
    I'm going to be cloth diapering
    We haven't started yet, but I've got them lined up and waiting. Who would've thought I'd want to use anything other than disposables? Certainly not me.
    Read more about cloth diapers on Baby's First Year
  • I could definitely relate to the “Sh*t Crunchy Mamas Say” video 5 of 5
    I could definitely relate to the "Sh*t Crunchy Mamas Say" video
    If you haven't seen this, click here. I couldn't help but laugh at some of the catch phrases, "I may have my placenta encapsulated, I may not," "48 hour water birth," "Who's your doula?", "It's actually EYE-na May Gaskin." Oh man. I think I'm officially a hippie.

How has motherhood changed you?

Are you more traditional or more “hippie” in your approach?


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