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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. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><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 have never heard of this myself. i think it sounds good if that is what you guys are comfortable with. i myself wouldn't want to deal with the placenta hanging around in a pillow case. we are going to have to travel a lot during the first few days as well and i wouldn't want to deal with traveling in a car seat with it and all that.
 

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i read a lot about it last time, and people that have done it, see to love it ... but i just don't think i have it in me! lol
 

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We tried it with our first about 4 years ago. We didn't know what we were doing. We didn't use salt or herbs. And after 2 days, it really smelled bad. But we felt good at least leaving it that long. By that time, the cord was as hard as wire and in fact, we had to use wire cutters to cut the cord at that point. It was difficult too as it was hard to manage the baby and the placenta, plus it was really pulling on his stomach. This time, we are planning on leaving the cord at least 24 hours. Then we'll see. It just seems weird to salt it to me. So I don't want to do it. But I guess I would need to be better informed about it. If you saw someone doing it on a video, and you and your husband are willing to try it, I think you should go ahead and do it. You can always cut the cord at any time if you get tired of it.<br><br>
-Lauren
 

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Thanks for the info, Lauren. You are absolutely right that if we get sick of the cord and placenta we can always cut it off. From what I understand the placenta will still give off an odor, but I'm not sure how pungeant it is <i>supposed</i> to be. I told DH that he must do independent research before our next appt with the midwives so that he can have an intelligent conversation with them about his intentions. I told him that if he doesn't do that, then he is obviously not that interested in it (so far only I independently researched it) so we won't do it. We'll see...
 

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I don't remember there being a whole lot of information on this topic. Our midwives, who by the way were in California and were "crunchy", had never heard of it. But when we mentioned that was what we were doing, they didn't question it. This time around, we are no longer in California. But our midwife is a doctor who lives a very progressive lifestyle. He had never heard of it either, but he is totally fine with it. Since it's pretty cold up here this time of year, the placenta may not smell as strongly as it did in our upstairs attic loft in April in California. So we told him we just weren't sure exactly how we were going to do it. We told him we would see how it goes. He too didn't question this at all. The only thing he asked was for us to have some sterile string available in case he had to cut the cord in an emergency. For instance, if the cord was wrapped tightly around the baby's neck. And of course, we will have the string for that reason.<br><br>
-Lauren
 
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