One thing that was not in my birth plan or after birth plan was a lotus birth. The idea of carting around a placenta was just a little too much for me, but its strange how things change as soon as that baby is out of you. How I thought things were going to be and how they actually turned out in reality is way different. I didn’t think our baby would hate a bassinet so much, or scratch his dad right in the face, while screaming bloody murder just because he’s not mommy. Apparently Arren doesn’t care about Carl’s feelings.
After I birthed the placenta our midwife convinced us to do a lotus birth, at that point of time I was just so grateful that they were there that I would have done anything they said. Our midwife explained the whole process of caring for the placenta to us and off we set to an unplanned lotus birth.
I’m not going to lie the first day with the placenta was rough, we had to figure out how to manoeuvre with the placenta and being the typical new parents we were completely paranoid and didn’t know what to do. At one point I felt like crying because I didn’t feel like I could console Arren fast enough, but at the end I was completely happy we did it and gave it a try.
“We need to relearn what a birth can be like when it is not disturbed by the cultural milieu. We need a reference point from which we should try not to deviate too much. Lotus Birth is such a reference point.” Michel Odent
When I was speaking to my sister about our lotus birth I was quite shocked to find out that she didn’t even know what the placenta looked like, it was strange to me that during her birth it was taken away like it was something dirty and that shouldn’t be seen. This was your baby’s lifeline for so many months, when my midwife showed me all the healthy veins, the sack where Arren called home for so long, I was completely mesmerised. It was such an amazing thing to see and I was so happy my midwife showed me everything and explained it to me.
A lot of lotus birth posts talks about baby’s being friends with their placenta, but to us it seemed like Arren hated his placenta. He acted like the only reason he came out of the womb was to escape from his evil placenta girlfriend, and like he just couldn’t figure out why were keeping it around.
REASONS I LOVED OUR LOTUS BIRTH
- It reminded me to take things slower and be more aware of my surroundings.
- It was a perfect uninterrupted bonding time with our new little family without having to deal with guests.
- It gave us time to get to know each other and figure out breastfeeding without having the stress of having to entertain people.
- It made Carl feel more involved. He helped me move Arren around or helped move the placenta.
- It forced me to take it easy and let my body heal.
- The placenta and cord fell off after 3 days and he was left with the cutest little belly button.
- Being connected with his lifeline for so many months, until it was ready to fall off was amazing.
- Delays cord clamping letting baby get all the last bits of blood
HOW WE CARED FOR THE CORD AND PLACENTA
It wasn’t that difficult caring for the placenta or cord. Carl made a little placenta bag to make the placenta look a bit festive and easier to transport. We dropped a couple of drops of lavender essential oil on the placenta every day and we used wecesin powder to dry up the cord. Wecesin powder is just the best thing to use for the cord, its all natural and helped speed up healing. Once the placenta fell off we used a drop of lavender oil and a cotton bud to clean and disinfected the belly button and that’s it! We buried the placenta under a tree in our garden in hopes that the nutrients would help give the tree some life in this drought filled times we’re having in Cape Town.