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I'm doing a Lotus Birth. I've been reading about it since my last baby was a newborn. I've read that it has been reported that Lotus Birth babes don't have jaundice and rarely lose weight like other infants regularly do. I'm convinced that the correlation of 2-5 days for cord placenta to detach and 2-5 days for mothers milk to come in is no coincidence. There is not a lot of science out there to back that up but it feels right to me so we are not cutting!
|Cultural anthropology is a realm rich with birth & postpartum traditions different from western medicine's
immediate severance rituals. For example, the modern islanders of peaceful Bali, a beautiful culture that
esteems beauty in all things, still continue the ancient practice of extended-delayed cord clamping-severance
(typically 2-5 hours after the birth) and have many full Lotus Births at home and in birth centers.
|Actually not all mammals sever the cord and eat or bury the placenta! In fact, the mammals considered to
be of the highest animal intelligence, the primate chimpanzees (who are also monogamous and socially
supportive of each other), do not sever the cord (and who doesn't adore chimps?) The new mothers carry the
baby-placenta in their arms
|Lotus Birth is practiced by some Indigenous Australian tribes, the Kung tribe in Africa and occurs in some parts of Russia and India. Some species of monkey also do not sever their baby’s cords.|
I don't understand the salting of the placenta...would that not transfer to the infant? From what I remember salt is not good for infant kidneys can someone point me for answers on that one?
|After the birth of the placenta, it can be placed in a bowl near the mother-baby. It is important to keep the placenta level with the baby after birth until the gelatinous substance (called "Wharton's Jelly" in obstetrics) has solidified, hence no more blood transfusion is occurring.|
okay but if nothing is being transfered anymore to the baby *forgive me if this an uber ignorant question* what is the benefit/risks to the babe to keep it attached?
|And if you are really curious, I suggest reading up on this for yourself. It is one thing for me to give my opinion or memory of what I have read. It is another to find out for yourself.|
I've been reading but honestly I am not getting anything negative or balanced...its all been positive but there are some questions I have like the placenta from what i understand is like a piece of meat? Does the placenta rot? Does it smell? Could it attract flies? Are their properties to a placenta I don't know about? Could the placenta become a place to breed disease? I know it starts out sterile ..anyone?
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