Having a baby is a totally naturally process that has been happening for thousands of years without medical intervention. But, due to the fact that pregnancies are a big business for insurance companies, they’ve been pretty much calling the shots, even when it’s really mother nature that knows best.
Some women want to return back to a more natural way of creating a family, and they’ll do absolutely anything to make that happen. Many of us are familiar with midwives and home births, but there’s a brand new trend that’s sweeping through the natural birthing community that you may not be familiar with.
This practice is becoming increasingly popular among young women, but it’s not just because it has a very zen yoga-like name. There’s actually a sound medical reason why the lotus birth method is certainly creating quite the conversation.
Sometimes doctors just get it wrong. There is no question that C-sections save lives, but mother nature created the birth canal so that babies could be exposed to mom’s bacteria on the way out. Researchers are only now realizing the critical importance this bacteria plays in setting up the child’s future gut health.
Along that same vein, some mothers feel that the placenta offers important nutrients even after birth. They also believe that severing the baby’s umbilical cord from the placenta right after birth can be quite traumatic for the child.
Vanessa Fisher and her husband Nick wanted to let mother nature decide when the timing was right, and they left their newborn son’s umbilical cord attached for nine days after he was born. In a process known as a lotus birth, the parents keep their baby attached to the placenta and wait for the cord to naturally fall off on its own.
Vanessa explained on her Facebook page why she chose this method, which had quite a lot to do with her personal beliefs and faith:
“Why I chose lotus birth? Trust the natural process that God created for child bearing. Allows for the health benefits associated with complete placental blood transfer. Bonding: Creates a more fluid transition from mother, baby, placenta, & womb to mother, baby, father & world. Emotionally lotus birthed babies tend to be more serene and peaceful.”
At first, her husband Nick was surprised that his wife wanted their newborn to stay attached to his cord for several days on end. However, he was totally supportive of her and soon warmed to the rather unorthodox idea.
On the other hand, family members didn’t know what to think, and even her own toddler was freaked out about the placenta. Vanessa told Love What Matters that arguments against a lotus birth included:
“The placenta is definitely unattractive. The placenta being attached would require that they be even more careful with the baby. My son decided he wouldn’t even hold the baby until the placenta was done away with.”
Vanessa researched the process online, and although some doctors speculated that infections might occur, she found no verifiable studies to support those conclusions. In the end, she believes that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” definitely applies to how God has always run the show.
“There was absolutely no flaw in the way that God designed any part of the process from conception, to delivery, to breastfeeding. None of the process requires prompting, all of it was beautifully orchestrated.”
Vanessa says that she isn’t trying to force her views on anyone, she’s just sharing the joys of an experience that made sense to her. This is certainly a very different and interesting approach. What do you think of the lotus method?