Originally Posted by majazama
thanks for your thoughts.
I am planning on not using any salt either, as I want to be able to bury the placenta afterwards, and not have it kill the plants around it.. lol.. Ground rosemary sounds like a good idea. I've also heard of using goldenseal powder on the cord stump if it gets infected. My MW did this with her last baby, and she said that you can wet the cord and reshape it close to the baby so you can move them around and such. I wonder what else one could use to dry out the stump? maybe clay powder? I have lots of that.. love eating it in pregnancy.
That's exactly why we didn't want to use salt, too! Rosemary has antibacterial properties and was one of the ingredients in the blend we've been using. I didn't opt for pure rosemary or rosemary EO because it felt too much like meat preparation when I was hoping more for mummification O_O But I'll likely use it if there's a next time. It seems way easier to just use a single ingredient... I need to rein in my love of mixing "magic potions". lol
The cord is soooooo close to coming off -- very likely tomorrow for certain. We tried wetting it to reshape it, but we didn't try too hard so it wasn't very effective. We can move the baby and the placenta, but it takes far more effort and longer arms than just moving babe. I've read of some lotus-birth parents situating the placenta on top of the newborn, so they can more easily be moved as a unit. Trying to figure out how to do that without weighing the poor bub down or dealing with him/her getting overheated!
I expressed a few drops of breastmilk when the navel area looked a bit weepy and that worked just fine. Did that with DS1, too.
What I'm liking about lotus birth is that when the cord comes off, all the cord vessels have completely closed off and healed. With DS1, that didn't happen, so when the stump fell off, three perfectly round and open vessels were plainly visible. Totally freaked me out!
As far as placentophagy goes, I didn't eat any of it, but I had my MW (she showed up 7 minutes after the birth) put the maternal side to my mouth, so I was able to ingest the hormone-saturated blood. Seems freaky-weird to write about, but it was totally the right thing for me at the time.