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  • Genre:MEDICAL
  • SubGenre:Gynecology & Obstetrics
  • Language:English
  • Pages:245
  • eBook ISBN:9781626757431

Lotus Birth

Leaving the Umbilical Cord Intact

by Shivam Rachana

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A world-first, this book is a valuable resource for parents, midwives and health professionals working with pregnancy and birth. It examines the practices that surround the management of placental birth and describes the practice of Lotus Birth, where the placenta is left attached to the baby until it falls off naturally, normally around the 4th day post birth. The book includes many case histories, writings by health professionals and photographic illustrations.
Lotus Birth is the practice of not cutting the umbilical cord immediately after the babies are born, and leaving it attached to fall off by itself. When the reasons are understood and the resulting peacefulness of the babies is seen, it becomes the most logical thing to do. There is no medical reason to cut the cord. This practice highlights and calls into question the standard practice of immediate cord clamping and the recently popularized ‘cord blood banking’ procedure which places the newborn in a highly compromised situation, depriving it of 30% to 50% of its full quota of blood. This is the amount of blood in the cord and placenta at birth, and which is, in the natural order, destined to fill the infant’s major organs. There are grave ethical issues here. Immediate cord clamping, which is current obstetric practice leaves the mother’s body coping with the implosion that results from the clamping, leaving her more susceptible to post-partum haemorrhage (PPH). Lotus-born babies have a fully healed navel a few days after birth, whereas most babies have a cord stump, which is susceptible to infection and takes on average two weeks to drop off. There is no research on the long-term consequences of depriving the newborn of this extremely valuable cord blood which is full of stem cells, iron and enzymes.. The practice has been driven by hospital timetables, not by infant–mother welfare. Traditional midwifery practice was to ensure that the cord was ‘milked’, ensuring that the baby received the full quota. As the number of maladies in the general population increases rather than diminishes in spite of increased knowledge and services, we may well ask if the practices at the beginning of life endanger rather than enhance our long-term well being. This remarkable book, a world first publication on the subject, provides a most thorough explanation and exploration of this primal experience that we all have when we are born. There are contributions from doctors, philosophers ,midwives, anthropologists, psychologists, doulas and the parents of Lotus Born children given a breath and depth to the discussion and the information. This is a book that will take you into the unknown and leave you greatly enriched by the experience. It speaks of the true nature of your cells and the basic primal needs of your mammalian nature. it may also enrage you as you realize what has happen to you and, if you have them, to your children. This book inspires and gives great hope as you read the stories of wonderful natural births and families who have taken their lives into their own hands with inspiring outcomes.
About the author
Shivam Rachana is founding principal of the International College of Spiritual Midwifery. ICSM teaches ancient women's knowledge in a modern context and is committed to returning women to the integrity of their feminine process. She is an intuitive visionary and healer who has been involved with birth reforms for 35 years and she holds the ‘Women's Mysteries’ 5day retreats. A former vice- president of the Childbirth Education Association Rachana was present at the first water birth in Australia in 1982 and the first Lotus Birth in 1986. She was co director of the Centre for Human Transformation a residential spiritual training community for 28 years. Rachana established the Dial- a- Doula training program in 1995 She teaches nationally and internationally. Her book "Lotus Birth" is a world first publication on this subject. She is executive director of the DVD 'The Lotus Birth of the Malcolm Twins' and a long time member of APPPAH, the Association for Pre and Peri-natal Psychology and Health. She offers individual consultations in Melbourne.