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How long does childbirth take?
On average, lotus delivery lasts five days. Usually three to seven days. During this time, the umbilical cord falls off. According to tradition, the placenta can be buried in the garden under a selected tree or dried. The idea of lotus delivery has supporters especially among those choosing natural birth methods, at home, with trusted doulas.
Where did this idea come from?
The lotus delivery was not practiced among people before the 20th century, even most animals do not know it. The idea of not cutting the umbilical cord came in 1974 by American Clair Lotus Day, a nurse who, inspired by Jane Goodall's book "In the Shadow of Man," decided to implement the practices observed in chimpanzees. She asked the doctor to cut the umbilical cord and took the child with her and the placenta home. The lotus delivery is to be beneficial for the child: it is to enable his gentler birth and for the mother: according to supporters of this concept, the placenta is to give the strength, energy necessary to care for the child. According to supporters of lotus births, children born in this way are to be healthier, calmer and stronger than children who have their umbilical cord cut off after delivery. Opponents of the lotus birth indicate that storing the placenta connected to the baby does not make sense. While waiting for the blood to stop pulsing in the umbilical cord may be justified, leaving the hospital with dead tissue does not make sense. In addition, it is noted that the lotus birth has little to do with nature. Similar practices are not seen in nature in almost any animals. Most (even herbivorous) eat their placenta after delivery, treating them as a valuable source of energy in the puerperium. In addition, feeding, changing and hugging a baby with a placenta is uncomfortable. It significantly hinders the care of the newborn baby in the first days after delivery. Unfortunately, it is also a potential source of infection.
Lotus delivery in Poland
Today, lotus delivery is chosen especially by women giving birth at home. Less often this solution is practiced in hospitals. In Poland it was loud about a couple from Hrubieszów, which in 2009 refused to cut the umbilical cord in the hospital. Concerned employees of the institution, fearing for the child's health, notified the prosecutor's office. She discontinued the proceedings. No threat to children's lives was found. Lotus birth is not popular. In this way, dozens of children a year may be born in Poland. Despite this, it is available in the country. Each woman can decide for herself how to give birth. He must also agree to the newborn's being tampered with. The most important thing is that she make a decision consciously. And you, what do you think about lotus delivery?