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did anyone here have a lotus birth, or is anyone here planning on having a lotus birth? if so, did you go all the way until natural separation or did you cut after 24 hours, or what? what was your experience?<br>
i'm trying to figure out what i want to do...<br>
dh isn't super into the lotus birth idea, but is open if i can give enough evidence of the benefits, history, etc.<br>
i've read that it can really strengthen the infants liver. any other positive benefits?<br><br>
and is anyone or did anyone eat or cap their placenta for pph or ppd? my midwife always feeds a piece of placenta to the mama right after birth for pph. i also want to do the traditional chinese medicine method of drying and capping the placenta to restore my qi, strengthen <i>my</i> liver, help with ppd, etc.<br><br>
has anyone done both or plan on doing both? how can both be done?
 

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I am planning a lotus birth as well. I don't have any previous experience since this is my first pregancy. My midwife loaned me a book called Sacred Birth(ing?) and there was a chapter on lotus birth in that book that was helpful. One of the benefits that I remember was that the time spent waiting for the cord to dry and fall off was a time of peace..... few babies cried during that time, I guess many babies cry when their cords are cut. It was interesting to learn that in some cultures, the placenta is called 'the twin' and it makes sense that the baby would be aware of it since it's spent its whole life with it so far and it is all formed from the same egg/sperm union. I believe that up to 100ml of blood is x-ferred to the baby within the first few hours of birth, maybe this is where the liver benefit comes in. After a few hours some jelly forms and prevents further transmission between placenta and baby so there is no risk of infection. The navel is also said to heal more quickly than if the cord is severed.<br><br>
We are planning on letting the cord fall off on it's own provided we have the patience and care for the placenta properly. I would 'google' lotus birth or non-severance of umbilical cord, which is how DP and I found it. There is a fair amount of information.<br><br>
And I think it maybe possible to do a full lotus birth and also dry and cap the placenta for later consumption provided the placenta is cared for properly from the start. Using the recommended powdered herbs like rosemary and lavender are safe to consume and prevent the placenta from decay. But I am not sure, if you have a MW or a crunchy OB they might know more.<br><br>
Good luck with this. There hasn't been much talk on here about this so its good to know that I am not the only one planning this.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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there is quite a nice long thread about lotus birth in the homebirth subforum here: <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=730852&highlight=lotus+birth" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...ht=lotus+birth</a><br><br>
it's something i've considered, haven't completely decided about it yet, but i enjoy reading about it and discussing it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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If I had known abt. a lotus birth before my 2 births I would of done it for sure! 2 friends of mine just had lotus births...I can get you info <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> they said it was amazing!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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avena, can you get any info on the physical and/or psychological benefits?<br><br>
nice to see you here!<br><br>
our restaurant is thriving...and by summer we are going to introduce a sexier tea service...as now it's just a nice collection of yogi teas...and i want loose teas with beautiful pots the herbs can steep in, etc...so i'll be checking you out...<br><br>
pixiepunk - i checked out that thread. thank you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">.
 

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Hi Avena, did you manage to get any info from your friends about their lotus births? Would really like to hear as much detail as possible, our little one is due shortly and I'm keen on the idea, but my wife is unsure, so I'd like to have some personal experiences for her to read. Thanks.
 

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I wanted to have both - but you cant really have both! lol... The placenta would not be 'edible' by the time it fell away from your baby. I would not be comfortable with consuming it, even if I looked after it properly (which of course I would)... If you looked after a piece of steak properly outside of a fridge for 3-5 days (or however long it took for the placenta to fall away from the body)...I would not be recommending you eat it no matter how well you looked after it!<br><br>
However - someone once suggested (on here) to cut off a bit of the placenta to eat ...so still essentially having your lotus birth and getting to eat some of the placenta. But I would feel that this distrubes the purpose of a lotus birth and would feel uncomfortable taking off a chunk of the placenta if it were still attatched to my baby.<br><br>
I think there are no medical benefits to lotus birth (other than the fact that you have waited until the cord has stopped pulsing, etc...which you can still do without having a lotus birth because I think the main problem is how soon they tend to cut the cord after birth - as this is what I plan to do, which is wait until the placenta is born before it is cut letting my baby get all the nutrience it can from it first) - as I think lotus birth is more a...spritial thing. Which of course, for some people is just as important. This is why, if there was distress caused to my baby due to a traumatic birth - I would want a lotus birth for him/her.<br><br>
So I have decided that - since I will be trying for HBAC! - if it doesnt turn out to be the smooth HBAC I hope for and any emergency arises that makes it distressing for the baby - that I will go ahead with a lotus birth as I feel that it can benefit the baby more then. But if I get the peacful HBAC I am going for - then I will eat the placenta (raw in a smoothie!) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> However - I will still be waiting until the placenta is born until it is cut.<br><br>
However - as I have said above...if all goes to plan, I will consume the placenta (I am a veggie, but I consider the practice vegan as it is freely given). There are many medical benefits to this. And I do thing some spiritual - I also plan on giving some to my DS...as I see that as a spiritual ritual to me. I was going to dry it and cap it but that seemed like a lot of work, especially with two children and I just cant see myself up for that after having a baby! lol - and I dont have a dehydrator (which cost a bit of money here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">)... So I am just going to make it into a smoothie. I have asked around and everyone says you dont taste it and it just tastes like a nice smoothie! I will eat some plain raw after the birth for pph - just in case to be on the safe side! I want to have a little bit everyday for awhile though like I would if I had capped it - so I am going to freeze it in ice cube trays so I can have one a day - ill let it thaw out overnight in the fridge to have in the morning!... I may try and dehyrate a bit of it in the oven - and leave it in powder form to save for when my next child weans...I think that might help with the process. This is only because I do not think that I can save something like that in the freezer for that many years! lol - and if it ever defrosted, then it would be lost!
 

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I too plan to cut the cord after the placenta has been birthed.<br><br>
At first, I wasn't really thinking I'd eat any, we were planning on burrying it under a new tree in our yard. Now I'm feeling the urge to dry some of it out... but I haven't discussed that with DH, it was a stretch for him tosay he'd bury it in the first place. So, we'll see.
 

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cool that i got a reply to this in my email today...i'd forgotten about this thread.<br><br>
we did opt for both...<br><br>
after faith was born we let her remain attached to her placenta for the first 24 hours to get almost all of her cord blood. dh took great care in salting it and starting the preservation. then after we cut the cord he steamed, cut and dried the placenta. i powdered and capped it and took about 3/4 of it, saving some for teething, weaning, etc. it all went beautifully and i'm pretty sure i'd do it exactly the same again next time, if we were to recreate again.
 

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i'm just a lurker here, but i was wondering if someone could explain the idea of saving some for teething, weaning, etc.<br><br>
fwiw, i have my dds placenta encapsulated but i've never needed it. (or so i've thought!)
 
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