We're thinking about it. I asked DH what he thought last night and his first reaction was no way, but then he asked what the benefits/reasons are.
Like look at this: "These intact Lotus babies lose no energy just trying to stabilize their systems in the early postpartum hours and this shows on all levels (relaxation, bountiful healthy weight gain, core muscle strength, fine & gross motor skills, and alert observation of the world around them). This could be called 'accelerated development' but that would be a misnomer: Lotus babies are simply undiminished by stress in a very stressful culture.
Their greater capacity for relaxation, compared to nurslings who had early cord severance and placenta loss, is apparently a metabolic foundation for life, and makes teething and other developmental stages much less distressful. It could be concluded that Lotus birth gives babies lifelong coping skills."
Sounds way too good to be true, if you ask me. A lot of them are unprovable altogether, which kind of sets off alarm bells for me.
That's not to say that there aren't real benefits associated with leaving the cord and placenta attached, I simply can't determine if there are based on the practice's proponents, who sound kind of like snake-oil salesmen to me. Basically, I'm skeptical.
My one problem with the practice itself (as opposed to the arguments in favor of it), is the part about rubbing the placenta with oils and herbs and salts to keep it from decaying... It seems to me that once it gets to the point where it needs such things, it probably shouldn't be attached to your baby! I wouldn't want a rotting piece of meat (which it is, at this point) attached to my kid. And while they cite the practices of chimpanzees as the big reason lotus births should be done (this argument has its own problems which I think are kind of self evident), I don't think you will be finding chimps rubbing salt on the decaying placenta after a few days.
Anyway, from what I read I can't see any reason to think this is a dangerous practice, and if it sounds right to you, then go for it. But I definitely think any claims about its supposed benefits need to be taken with several grains of salt.
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To each their own. i don't know any one who has ever done this but i have heard about it before
I did have a somewhat difficult post-partum period for about 4 weeks after the birth and have also thought about encapsulating it, but hopefully I could keep it in some opaque container until I gave it to the encapsulating person.
I'd love to have one this time...I wanted one with my son but the placenta fell in the toilet and I was not motivated to clean it. I'm all for being as natural and non-violent as possible, which is why it's so attractive to me. It also, from what I hear, is very beneficial for the baby:
Thanks for sharing thoughts/opinions everyone. I still feel pretty on the fence, but I have time to think about it, and will ask my midwife about it at my next appt. too.
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I'm also for encapsulation.
I'm also for being focused on the baby and nothing else.