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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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I am thinking about it....I have heard though that they can get really smelly which I really don't want...So I am not sure my midwife said that the cord usually dries up really fast and then you can break it off so you don't have to cart around the placenta then just wait for the rest of the cord to fall off.<br><br>
So I am going back and forth....
 

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We've thought about it, but concluded that we will simply cut the cord when it stops pulsing. It's not that I'm opposed to it, just that we'll have so much to deal with those first few days (especially with me being a first-timer) that I don't want to add anything extra.
 

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I thought about it. A friend of mine actually did it. I don't think the midwife knew exactly what to do poured Hawaiian salt on it (supposed to be sea salt) and it ended up that there was blood in the cord or something and a really upset baby. Plus, I have a toddler to run around after so the plan was to be up as soon as possible with baby in wrap running. I don't know that having the cord/placenta attached could facilitate that. It's a cool concept. I have to admit, a little gross to think about but still very cool. I read somewhere that babies have an emotional attachment to the placenta. If that's the case, I think lotus birth might be a gentle way to ease the transition into the world.
 

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My first three births were managed births, and the cord was cut within minutes or seconds of birth. My fourth birth was unhindered and my fourth child jerked violently and screamed when his cord was cut about 20 or 30 minutes after he was born.<br><br>
We waited quite a bit longer for fifth child, but she still had a reaction, though not as much as her brother had. We'll wait even longer with this one.<br><br>
I don't want to lug a placenta around, and I don't want to deal with a wiry cord. I expect we'll wait an hour or so to cut, but not days.
 

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I have always been very interested in the lotus birth. However, I really don't think it is for us. From what I have read about it, the parents who do it always give me the impression that it really is no big deal. I have also read that the cord falls off in fewer days with a lotus birth, compaired to a cut cord.<br><br>
It is just not something I can see myself doing IRL. We will just wait for the cord to stop pulsing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We have also been thinking about it, but right now, I'm leaning more towards eating part of the placenta, and that doesn't really go hand in hand with the philosophy behind lotus birth. We'll see.
 

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Glad to read all your responses, ladies. I too am a little weirded out about lugging around a placenta, plus I can only imagine what the families will think and say, they already think we are out there. I really am not that into the idea, but maybe that's my own hang-up I just need to get over.<br><br>
kitty, I have heard about eating the placenta and understand it is of extremely high nutritional value, but like you said it doesn't work with lotus birthing.<br><br>
I still don't know what to think about it, but DH seems really into the idea...
 
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