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New 'Lotus' Birthing Trend Leaves Babies Attached To The Placenta For Days After Birth

A mother has caused a stir after it was revealed that her newborn baby was still attached to the placenta days following the birth. Referred to as the ‘lotus birth’, the practice involved leaving the umbilical cord attached to the baby, allowing the separation to occur naturally and thus the maximum nutrients within the cord can be absorbed.

This technique is somewhat controversial, given that the umbilical cord can stay attached to the child for multiple days. ‘The Doctors’, a group of professionals and experts who address common medical concerns, discussed the method, questioning the safety of the ‘lotus birth' before reviewing one woman’s situation in particular.

Adele, a woman who has had two lotus births, gave birth to her third child in a similar fashion, wanting to experience the birth in the most natural way possible. Adele, who has no complications in her prior births, had no outside intervention or assistance of any kind.

Following the birth, both of Adele’s babies were attached to the placenta for an entire week. In order to mask the smell and prevent the placenta from rotting, Adele would ‘cure’ the placenta, rubbing it down with a mixture of rock salt, essential oils and flower petals.

In a similar story, Jasmine Toria of Pennsylvania has frozen her daughter’s placenta and intends to have a burial for it, claiming that she developed a ‘spiritual connection’ with it. Ms. Toria shared her story on Facebook, telling her followers of how she covered the placenta in rosemary, essential oils and sea salt before wrapping it in an absorbent pad so she could carry it around with her.

Ms. Toria was able to keep the placenta as she had her daughter through a ‘lotus birth’, much like Adele. While medical staff did their best to dissuade Ms. Toria from performing the lotus birth and keeping the placenta, Ms. Toria could not be swayed, claiming, “this is my body, my baby, my placenta and my decision and I do not wish to explain myself, please respect that.”

Medics have warned against the practice, citing numerous sources which indicate that keeping the umbilical cord and placenta attached to a newborn child dramatically increases their risk of infection. Fortunately for Ms. Toria, her daughter’s umbilical cord fell off three days later without any issues.

“During my experience in the hospital, my entire stay, from beginning to end literally EVERY single doctor, nurse, social worker etc. tried to convince me and my fiancé to the very best of their ability that we were making a very bad decision by refusing to cut her cord,” Ms. Toria wrote on her Facebook post. “My baby and I were very attached to the placenta. Spiritually, I was very attached… when it fell off, it honestly felt like we lost a friend.”

“We froze it, because of the cold weather and snow we weren’t able to bury it just yet as planned,” Ms. Toria concluded, before suggesting a number of other ways mothers who have undergone a lotus birth can discard of the placenta once it is detached from their newborn.

Source: Little Things
Photo: YouTube

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