Let's talk placenta.
I have to admit I haven’t spent much, if any time really thinking about placentas. I learned about them during birth education classes and they are of course crucial to a baby’s well-being. As you’d know the placenta is the organ that connects your baby to the uterine wall which is where it gains it nutrients, gets rid of waste and gas exchange takes place.
But I didn’t feel any huge emotional or spiritual attachment to it. I had a girlfriend who bought hers home from the hospital and they buried it under a tree in the back garden. For her it was a really important thing to do. I’ve heard of people eating part of theirs as well, though frankly, I usually only ever wanted a cup of tea post delivery.
So as someone who is always intrigued by other people’s pregnancies and deliveries I was fascinated to learn about lotus births.
Have you heard of this?
A lotus birth is where a baby and placenta remain attached after birth until the umbilical cord drops off naturally. This usually means a week of carrying baby and placenta around. Apparently you wash and dry it after arrival and wrap the placenta in a cloth or a container. You also have the option of salting the placenta or using rosemary powder instead.
I was curious about what the benefit of this particular practice was so I did a bit of research. According to Dr Sarah Buckley an advocate of the process, the purposes includes: “allowing the baby to slowly and gently let go of his/her attachment to the mother’s body.” However other medical practitioners have opposed the practice as well. My own issue with this is that I really had enough to do looking after the needs of my baby without having something else to look after as well. However according the idea of a lotus birth it is meant to make you slow down and become more contemplative.
Did you keep your placenta or do anything special with it after you had your baby? What do you think of the idea of a lotus birth?