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This is cross-posted to my January DDC for maximum exposure. Thanks for understanding!<br><br>
I had originally planned to wait until the cord stopped pulsing before cutting the cord, but DH and I watched a video yesterday that showed a Lotus birth (awesome video about water births in Russia!) and DH actually suggested we do a Lotus birth, which is somewhat funny to me because noone would ever believe it to be his idea; everyone that knows us thinks I'm the out-there-hippy! Guess he is too.<br><br>
For those of you not familiar with Lotus Birthing it simply means that the baby's cord is not cut, you wait until the cord drys up and falls off by itself. From what I have researched care is simply patting the placenta down , applying a little sea salt, and a few lavendar oil drops to it twice daily and keeping it in a pillow case with baby (apparently, you can even use it as a arm rest, heehee). The cord will naturally come off within two to three days. After researching Lotus birth I could find no possible risks to leaving the cord uncut.<br><br>
So, DH's reasoning was that if there are no risks to not cutting the cord, then why cut it? I guess I couldn't really argue with that, but I did say that DH would be in charge of the care of the placenta and he agreed. So, I don't know if we really are going to do a Lotus Birth, I asked him to think on it at least over night, but I figured I would reach out to other crunchy mamas who have thoughts, knowledge, or experience with Lotus Birth. Thanks!
 

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How does this work out from a practical standpoint I'm wondering. Understand I'm not against it. I'm just trying to invision me taking care of a two year old with a newborn and placenta in tow. I suppose I could just put the placenta in the sling with baby, but hmmm.
 

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There was a very nice story in the Compleat Mother about this recently. I'd never known what it was before reading the story, but now, I can't say that I'd rule it out. It makes sense to me. I'd consider it.
 

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I long for the day when we have our lotus birth. I'm been fully into the idea for a few years now.
 

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<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotus_Birth" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotus_Birth</a> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Any other resources, I'm not too into wikipedia... I probably won't do this b/c one I could see my family wondering how they were going to hold my LO and what to do w/the placenta <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> two, I will probably make fruit placenta smothies for afterwards <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Sure - Wikipedia is rather scientific, huh?<br><br><a href="http://www.labouroflove.org/birth/lotus-birth/" target="_blank">http://www.labouroflove.org/birth/lotus-birth/</a> - very nice story.<br><a href="http://images.google.com/images?q=lotus+birth&hl=en&rlz=1T4DMUS_enUS208US208&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=X&oi=images&ct=title" target="_blank">http://images.google.com/images?q=lo...mages&ct=title</a> - photos.<br><a href="http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/321368/lotus_birth_a_gentler_way_to_come_into.html" target="_blank">http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...come_into.html</a>
 

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I read a story about this in one of my unassisted birth books. I won't be doing it, but I can see why some ppl would. It's just a personal preference for me.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Sure - Wikipedia is rather scientific, huh?<br><br><a href="http://www.labouroflove.org/birth/lotus-birth/" target="_blank">http://www.labouroflove.org/birth/lotus-birth/</a> - very nice story.<br><a href="http://images.google.com/images?q=lotus+birth&hl=en&rlz=1T4DMUS_enUS208US208&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=X&oi=images&ct=title" target="_blank">http://images.google.com/images?q=lo...mages&ct=title</a> - photos.<br><a href="http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/321368/lotus_birth_a_gentler_way_to_come_into.html" target="_blank">http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...come_into.html</a></div>
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Thanks! I always enjoy learning new things and had heard a few things. I've just been taught in college to always trust everything wikipedia has to say <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush">
 
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