(Closed) Lotus birth (?!)

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Holy crap, that’s gross.  I don’t even know what to say because I’m trying to keep from throwing up…

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Wow – that’s different ….

I can’t fathom having a bowl with a bloody placenta sitting next to you for a week or so until the cord falls off.  Ick!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I wont dare open this but the question I have is: What is the purpose of this?

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Hrm well I haven’t heard of those kinds of births before..and I can’t say that I’m really attracted to the idea of it.

To each their own thats for sure.

 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

WTF … sooo weird. Especially keeping the dried out placenta for your child to look at and touch. My mind is boggled.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MrsSawyer:  +1.  They’re is something insanely weird to me about keeping the dried out placenta for the child to look at and touch.  I apologize to others who feel differently – I’m not trying to offend.  To me, it just seems a bit…creepy.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I wasn’t expecting a picture.  Dear Lord.

They say it’s natural to keep it around, but for the record, when my foster cat had kittens last spring, she bit off each and every single umbilical cord and ate the placentas IMMEDIATELY because nobody wants that grossness around.  If she could have used scissors instead of her teeth to cut the cords and a trash can instead of her belly to rid herself of the placentas, I’ll bet she would have.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@SimplyChic11:  “In my opinion, there’s a reason doctors have been cutting the cords for hundreds of years now.”

I’m not for lotus birth or anything like that, but if you research medical history, reasons medical protocol becomes such often has to do with doctor convenience. Why do women birth on bed on their backs at a height that is comfortable for doctors when they sit? Because it’s convenient for doctors – it’s not at all the most ergonomic or natural position to try to birth a baby.

Protocols do change as more science is developed and research is done, but “doctors have done it this way for hundreds of years” actually tends to be an indicator that there isn’t much science behind it and more because it’s convenient for the doctor/institution/nurses/etc.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would have been very happy to live in blissful ignorance of the mere existence of the placenta, and ESPECIALLY the concept of the lotus birth. What a misleadingly pretty name. Sealed

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@GreenEyedMoon:  Animals eat placentae due to the risk of attracting predators with the scent, and also for the nutrition.  I’m not sure it’s really about “grossness”.

And, while I myself think lotus birth isn’t for me, we can’t really say it’s “wrong” per say.  Odd, for sure.  But cultural norms vary so widely that I’m sure it’s a traditional practice somewhere (or was).

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

@cdncinnamongirl:  Oh no, it’s definitely all about grossness.  My kitty told me so (after she lamented for a little while that she had just broken a nail on her scratching post).

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