Today’s article is a continuation of my previous one about the reasons why the newborns are deprived of the umbilical cord in the maternity hospitals. This time I’m taking a look at the benefits of an attached umbilical cord.
As you know placental blood circulates between the placenta (i.e. mother) and a baby. Placental blood is the most valuable blood throughout a person’s life. And its quantity influences his health throughout the life!
This blood is rich in immunoglobulins and it is the source of the strongest immunity for the whole future life of the child. The nature provides the child with the most powerful immunity when he goes out into this world. That’s why this blood is more valuable than platinum and diamonds!
The umbilical cord weighs as much as the baby does. It contains the half of circulating blood volume, and when it is cut off immediately after the child’s birth, he is deprived of half of the blood volume he will have never again and, respectively, his immunity and future health.
Lotus birth is the birth of a child without clamping the umbilical cord. Generally it is not necessary to clamp it, it will fall off by itself in 4-10 days. Until that moment you should put the umbilical cord into a plastic bag, and once the blood flow through the cord has stopped and the cord has stopped pulsating (it takes at least an hour) you just cut it. Some people don’t even cut off the cord, they burn it with a candle.
Did you know that animals bite off the umbilical cord and eat the placenta? And women are also recommended to eat placenta because they will get all the necessary stem cells and hormones that their child will also get with the breast milk. And these hormones are necessary for proper work of the child’s heart that will start readjusting to a new way of functioning. I know that it is not much pleasant, so the decision is yours.
Recommended actions after birth of the child
1. There’s no need to force the baby to breathe immediately after birth. When the placenta begins to separate from the walls of the uterus (due to a series of strong contractions) gas exchange through the placenta will stop and the child will breathe reflexively. This will take 10-15 minutes after birth. Placenta abruption is the natural stimulus to breathing but not cutting the umbilical cord.
2. When the umbilical cord stops pulsating, you can cut it off if you do not want to carry it in a plate with an antiseptic until the umbilical cord falls off (in about 5-7 days). The umbilical cord falls off when the navel heals, that is, without the formation of the wound. In maternity hospitals the cord is cut off ahead of time and the wound appears and needs to be treated for a long time at home.
So, when the child started breathing, you need to wait until the placental blood flows completely to the baby and then cut off the umbilical cord.
3. The imprint – this is my mother and this is my baby. For this purpose the mother and the baby should keep eye contact within the first hours after birth.
4. The next days it is enough to wash the umbilical cord once a day when you bathe the baby.
What are your thoughts on lotus birth? Have you ever had an experience of this kind of child birth? Any tips and recommendations for other future parents? Share them below! Remember they are as valuable for parents as any expert’s opinion!