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#1 of 3 Old 04-11-2013, 04:02 PM - Thread Starter
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You've heard of delayed cord clamping but have you heard of leaving the cord intact?  Lotus birth is the practice of leaving the cord and placenta attached to the baby until it naturally falls off.


From ABC news: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2013/04/11/new-birthing-trend-dont-cut-the-cord/



While the practice may seem like a new-age remedy gone haywire, Ceallaigh says the ritual actually comes from traditional Balinese practices. Parents care for the newborn, while also lugging around the baby’s attached placenta.


Did you have a lotus birth?  What do you think of this "new" trend?

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I hadn't heard about it with dd1, but wanted to do it with dd2. I also wanted to encapsulate the placenta, so I found a happy medium. We did the lotus birth for 24 hours, and then cut the cord and encapsulated the placenta. Worked great for our needs. I felt good that dd2 was able to soak up some more vital life energy from her placenta, and that we could cap it and use it to revitalize me in the weeks that followed (thereby also getting to her via mama milk). Win/win.

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I have no issues with a mama wanting to do this, but I'm not sure what the benefit would be.  (Then again, it would have kept my in-laws far away . . . )  joy.gif  


I did delayed cord clamping with my youngest.  The cords of my four babies all took at least a week to fall off, so I'd imagine that this may have gotten yucky after a day or two.  Are there other mammals that do this with their young?  Is a lotus birth a spiritual thing?  It's not something I would consider, but it's interesting.  This is the first time I've heard of it. 

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