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our Lotus birth experience

I'd thought I'd share our Lotus birth experience, for those who are still with child, and had considered this method of caring for the umbilical cord, but were perhaps apprehensive.

For those who don't know, in a Lotus birth the cord is never cut from the placenta. It is left to fall off naturally, which it typically does within 5-10 days.

It worked for us. Daisy's cord fell off after 5 days, and those 5 days were spent couch bound mostly for me, and almost exclusively for Daisy. We had a few visitors. Some chose to hold her with her placenta close by, and some chose to admire her from a distance. I'm sure they all thought we were a little weird, but nobody criticized (unbelievably!)

There was no odor. Well, there was a soft smell but not a foul odor. I never realized how sweet and soft a placenta and other amniotic fluids etc smell. That was one of my first observations with this little rodent laying vulnerable on the floor for those first seconds after birth... she smelled so GOOD, covered in goo and all.

"They" say that those babies whose cords are never cut tend to be more calm natured. "They" say things like this about many practices, and maybe it's just her natural disposition, but Daisy is a very chill baby. She cries when she needs something, but hasn't seemed to be fussy in nature.

I won't be having another baby, but if I did, there is no reason I wouldn't do this method of "dealing" with the cord like this again. I felt like we were all gently eased into this new life of parenting and living by being relatively still for the first 5 days of life. Though, I have to say, it fell off just in time. I was starting to want to move with more ease, and as if on cue, she released the hold on her placenta.

Just thought I'd share my experience on this very nontraditional and culturally "gross" practice. It really wasn't so gross at all...

The first photo is life with the placenta, Day One. We covered it in a cloth diaper, and changed it every couple of days.
The second pic is Daisy's belly button at 2 weeks. When the cord fell off, it looked pretty well closed up... And never smelled the way I remember my boys smelling after 8 days or so... And, look at that sweet sweet spiral!!
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I was going to PM you about this experience. I am so glad you shared! Did you do anything besides the diaper on the placenta? (I have heard of some salting it?)

That is such a cute belly button indeed! And Daisy is gorgeous!

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Yes, thank you for sharing! I suppose you can't encapsulate the placenta using this method, or is that not off the table?

I would have been happy with just waiting until the cord is white and drained to have them cut it, but unfortunately, I don't know what state it was in when the doctor cut it at the hospital. I couldn't see anything past my stomach, and from what my doula told me, he was born with it wrapped around his neck twice, which wasn't the issue. The issue was that they had to suck out his mouth and get him to the respiratory therapist before he took his first breath to make sure all the meconium was out. So, he probably got cut way too soon, and that could be why he's not chill.

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Oh, and P.S., his cord stunk just a couple of days after birth. Horribly!

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@Valerie11 ddc crashing as a placenta encapsulation specialist to say, no, you cannot use the placenta for encapsulation after a lotus birth. You can bury it under a special tree or any of those kinds of ideas.

@happyday8598 what a beautiful story! Very cool to know. I always wondered about the smell. Thanks for covering that.
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Wonderful story! Thanks so much for sharing!

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Jodie, we did salt it after a couple of days. And then after a couple more days we put some rosemary on it. Funny thing is, after the placenta came away, we put the bowl in a corner of the living room. And FORGOT about it! No odors or anything clued us into its presence. My husband joked that we were curing it, and that my meat eating boy would have a real treat to eat sometime in the future (he, at 16, didn't appreciate that thought!)

You can't encapsulate it after a lotus birth. But you can cure it!
We eventually stuck it in the freezer and hope to plant it in the Spring.

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