Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Protocols For a Lotus Birth

For those of you considering or planning for a Lotus birth, here are some protocols

Protocols for a Lotus Birth

  • When the baby is born, leave the umbilical cord intact. If the cord is around the baby's neck, simply lift it over.
  • Wait for the natural delivery of the placenta. Do not use oxytocin - this forces too much too soon into the infant and compromises the placenta delivery.
  •  When the placenta delivers, place it into a receiving bowl beside the mother.
  • Wait for full transfusion of the umbilical blood into the baby before handling the placenta.
  • Gently wash the placenta with warm water and pat dry.
  • Place the placenta into a sieve or colander for 24hrs to allow drainage.
  • Wrap the placenta in absorbent material, a nappy or cloth and put in into a placenta bag. The covering is changed daily or more often if seepage occurs. Alternatively, the placenta may be laid on a bed of sea salt (which is changed daily) and liberally covered with salt.
  • The baby is held and fed as the mother wishes.
  • The baby is clothed loosely.
  • The baby can be bathed as usual - keep the placenta with it.
  • Keep movement to a minimum.

LotusBirth.info (Website no longer available)

Update ~ November 17, 2011 ~ Unfortunately, the site I quoted theses protocols from cannot be found. It was a good site full of useful information that contributed to my own lotus birth. While this site is not available, the information is still very good. You can do further research at this site, The Lotus Birth Campaign. The information in this post is presented on an informative basis and is not designed to diagnose, cure or treat. 


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