Friday, January 9, 2009
I have now learned something new... Lotus Births.
I did not know this existed till about 2 weeks ago, when I read the term online. I did not know what it was & vowed to research it, finding this page: Lotus Birth Questions
Very interesting, in that the placenta is left attached to the cord, which is left attached to the baby, until it falls off naturally!! Usually in 2-3 days! That is signifigantly shorter than the 1-2 weeks to wait for the severed, dried-up cord to fall off!
It is also referred to as "non-severence". It seemingly has health benefits, which I do not doubt for a second. The article linked above says that it is "cosmetic" & for the parents' convenience to remove the placenta.
If I had another child, I will most surely leave the cord attached until after the placenta is expulsed. No question!
I like learning all kinds of things about birth & thought I would share this with the bloggy world.
Thanks for reading!