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Lotus Births

Baby Bump: Lotus Births

I had heard of water births, home births, c–sections and standard hospital and epidural aided births, but not lotus births. Instead of cutting the umbilical cord after delivery, a lotus birth requires the child stay attached to the placenta until they naturally separate, which takes between three to 10 days.

Mothers tend to the placenta and often create special pouches for it, as it must stay close to the newborn during those postpartum days. As the placenta dries up, the infant's body prepares to relinquish the attachment, which can be a painful experience. Family doctor Sarah J Buckley of Australia chose to have lotus births for the last three of her own four children. She describes the experience:

Lotus birth has been, for us, an exquisite ritual which has enhanced the magic of the early post natal days. I notice an integrity and self–possession with my lotus–born children, and I believe that lovingness, cohesion, attunement to nature, trust, and respect for the natural order have all been imprinted on our family by our honoring of the placenta, the Tree of Life, through Lotus Birth.

Would you ever consider having a lotus birth?

iieee_grrl iieee_grrl 9 years
I had a natural birth with my son, but I absolutely did not want to see the placenta. No thanks. I couldn't handle the smell of raw meat while I was pregnant and just after, so that would have made me sick!
Cassie Cassie 9 years
I didn't find this article gross or weird but just left me curious about it. I was hoping someone would talk about having done this. Being able to read a real experience is much better than just reading the article. Thanks rplant!
babysugar babysugar 9 years
rplant, I love that you were here to tell us about your birth experience. When I wrote that it can be a painful experience, I should have mentioned that it was often described as more spiritual than physical. I think it is so interesting to learn of how other people birth their children. It sounds like an amazing experience and I thank you for sharing it.
rplant rplant 9 years
I have had 3 home births all of which were Lotus births, two under water. My daughter Ilan Lotus was named after her birth experience. Its is truly an amazing experience. Her placenta turned into the shape of a heart before it detached from her belly button. Before being too judgmental on how it looks or sounds do some more research and you will find out that Lotus birth is not only a more natural way of your child to take its first breath (it allows the lungs to slowly transition) instead of when the cord is cut they normally scream due to the oxygen supply being cut off abruptly with a pair of scissors. It also allows up to 1/3 more blood volume pump into your childs body and also supplies your baby with the much needed cord blood (that is apparently so vital doctors want to freeze it for a fee) why not give that to your child at birth. Their immune systems are more complete. The statement about it being a painful experience is totally false. The baby does not feel any pain, they refer to the placenta falling off as a traumatic experience in that part of the baby is actually dying off after supporting its life for 9 months. Its a spiritual pain, not a physical one. I had my placenta capsuled and took it as vitamins following the birth and did not suffer any post-partum depression or hormonal drops. The other two were buried in our back yard with a beautiful plant that blossoms every year to remind us of our wonderful birth experience. Before being quick to judge why not take a closer look at Lotus Birth, home birth, water births etc that have been around for centuries without fear.
emmebeth emmebeth 9 years
You might as well eat the placenta like animals do.
Moms Moms 9 years
The picture didn't really bother me, but I found the post interesting as I didn't know about Lotus births. I read that the placenta is the only disposable organ — amazing how there is a natural process for everything even the detaching of the umbilical cord.
csu21287 csu21287 9 years
Leah, that point about it being painful got to me also, it is one of those things that it can be cut and not hurt right after birth why would you subject your child to that. Does it actually have any type of medical need for it or is it just for the soul? I understand immunizations because it is helping but does this really help a child?
partysugar partysugar 9 years
I don't think I need to say it, but reason #689: Lotus Births.
roxtarchic roxtarchic 9 years
caterpillargirl.. HAH... your cats would make off w/it... too funny!
Roux5582 Roux5582 9 years
That is just gross. And I completely don't get the point. There is nothing normal or natural about that.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
The same could be said of circumcision and immunizations, though. But I agree that the "painful" part threw me for a loop as well.
LeahWright LeahWright 9 years
This is the part that seriously disturbs me: "As the placenta dries up, the infant's body prepares to relinquish the attachment, which can be a painful experience." Why would you subject an innocent newborn to that???
macgirl macgirl 9 years
ooooo hithatsmybike I see a yumsugar cross post opportunity! ;-)
Chouette4u Chouette4u 9 years
No thanks!
CYL CYL 9 years
seriously?! ICK!
clareberrys clareberrys 9 years
that is disgusting.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 9 years
weird. and kind of wasteful. I've heard of other rituals with the placenta (burying it, eating it, whatever), but never this. There are significant studies that suggest ingesting the placenta can ward off post-partum depression by easing the hormone crash giving birth is. You don't have to consume it looking like that though -- you can bake it and then put it in pill capsules and take it daily. It's not for everyone, but it certainly is interesting!
yadiet yadiet 9 years
that is gross. just the fact that its just there sitting in a bowl...ew
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I couldnt do this, my cats would make off with it and the baby attached in the middle of the night. This sounds more like something for those really nature spiritual granola types that "think" too much.
xoclirpa xoclirpa 9 years
While I think childbirth is one of the most beautiful things in the world I am not sure if I could have my child attached to the rotting placenta days after the birth. It just seems very unsanitary to me. I did keep my son's cord after it fell off when he was 12 days old. But I stuck it in a zip lock baggie and attached it to his baby book.
lawchick lawchick 9 years
gross picture... maybe it could have waited until after the jump with a warning for us squeamish people - ha. this wouldn't be for me, but as long as it doesn't harm the baby, to each her own
macgirl macgirl 9 years
It was hard enough having my little guy using the billi blanket light system for a weekend when he had the jaundice, I can't imagine trying to care for a newborn with a big bloody placenta attached. To each their own but I'm going to say "pass" ;-)
jessie jessie 9 years
agree with ya greggie! it may have a ewww factor, but for those who don't know what a actual placenta looks like...well there ya go! now you do. :) it all ties in with the story. i was actually wondering what they did with the placenta with it still attached to the baby, seeing how they just plop it in a bowl..that pretty much tells me.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I don't think the photo's unnecessary or meant to shock readers. It's a photo that relates to the story, seems to me that any writer would include that.
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