~Jennifer - posted on 07/31/2009 ( 34 moms have responded )
I ran across this article and I'm just wondering who has heard of this, or if anyone would actually try it. I'm assuming that this is after a home birth, as I've never heard of a hospital offering this option.
What is Lotus Birth?
Leaving the baby with their umbilical cord and placenta still attached, until the cord dries and falls off by itself is called a Lotus Birth. This practice is also known as nonseverance. Some cultures and species that practise nonseverance are; some tribal Aborigines, the !Kung tribe, & some species of monkey.
Why have a Lotus Birth?
Every mother has her own reasons. Here are some of the reasons that women may choose lotus birth;
- no desire or wish to sever the cord, or aversion of cutting through the cord.
- gentle and peaceful transition for the baby, allowing them to decide when to "let go" of that connection.
- respect for the baby and placenta.
- 100% gurantee that the baby gets the optimal and specific blood volume that is required for that particular baby.
- encourages the family to 'slow down' and partake in a babymoon or 'seclusion period'.
- encourages the mother to slow down in the first week or so for recovery and baby gets her full attention.
- minimises the "pass the baby around" game that visitors like to play! Most visitors will prefer to wait until the placenta is gone!
- spiritual or emotional reasons.
- tradition or cultural 'done thing'.
- no need to worry about how to clamp/cut/tie the cord!
- possible decreased risk of infection (Lotus birth ensures a closed system of cord, placenta, and baby. There is no open wound.)
- possible decreased healing time of belly button (Wounds take time to heal. If there is no wound, healing time is minimised.)
Full Article: http://www.joyousbirth.info/articles/lot...