Originally Posted by mwherbs
I think it is as natural for a human to use a tool as it is for a bird to build a nest.
primary cultures have used stone tools obsidian makes for a very fine knife- or in other places a fresh new shoot of razor grass, or bamboo, fire, most cultures have a "ritual" way to cut a cord and many are very good ideas having to do with preventing infection-- I have not read about people who have bitten the cord off but have read the stuff on line about animals biting the cord and eating the placenta--
Along with brain size, tool use is what generally what separates the higher and lower primates (with the obvious exceptions).
The practice got its name and its popularity through a woman who observed chimps carrying around the placenta until it fell off. As a staunch believer in evolution, I personally value my connection with the primates, but I also value the small difference that separate humans from chimps.
Having said that, I also very much value one's right to do as they please with their placenta (even those who enjoy it with a side salad!
), but I would venture to say the lotus method it is a more spiritual/cultural than health-related practice. Please let it be understood that I am in no way critical of the practice -- just proposing that these days it has more spiritual meaning than anything.
Now, having said all THAT... if I were more interested in not retaining the cord and placenta, but wanted to sever it, and didn't want to use scissors, then I'd make DH bite it. I mean, he's got to have something
to do, right?