Ask the Placenta Lady About Lotus Birth

Ask the Placenta Lady About Lotus Birth


(upbeat music) – Hi, welcome to another episode
of Ask the Placenta Lady. My name is Jodi. I’m commonly known as the Placenta Lady. Our show covers everything
for the birth year, whether that is pregnancy,
birth or postpartum recovery. No question is too strange
for the Placenta Lady. Joining me today is Molly Jinnette a PBi Placenta Encapsulation
Specialist® from South Carolina. Welcome to thw show, Molly. – Thank you so much. I serve moms of upstate South Carolina and of Western North Carolina. I’m so glad to be here today. – That’s so awesome Molly. Thanks for being here. A question for this episode
is, what is a lotus birth? And can I still use the placenta and do placenta encapsulation
even if I do a lotus birth? Now, Molly, you are
perfect for this episode, because as I understand it,
you are currently pregnant and are planning on doing a kind of a modified lotus birth, yes? – Yes indeed. We’re very excited about it. I’m excited to share it with everyone. So, a lotus birth, we’ll start off with what a normal lotus birth would look like. A lotus birth is simply
umbilical non-severance. So, baby stays attached to the cord, cord stays attached to the placenta. Baby’s born, typically if the
placenta is put into a bowl or a bag or sometimes a waxed cloth, as baby is getting those
first few drops of colostrum and nursing, the placenta is, that’s the time it will be prepared. It’s prepared with salts
and herbs and spices to help it dry out as quickly as possible. However, none of that is put on the cord. It is only put on a placenta. Now, after that is done, the put in a really
pretty, little satin bag and the baby’s all wrapped
up in her swaddle blanket, the mother and the placenta and the baby are actually all swaddled together for a really beautiful four to five hours of uninterrupted sleep, wow, after working so hard for birth. And then, after that,
usually the placenta, the baby and the mom will
be put into a sits bath. At that point the placenta
is usually in a bowl, floating next to you, it
doesn’t get put in the water, but a sits bath can be a nice closing part of the lotus birth. Closing of the mother, closing of birth, closing of everything that you’ve just mentally went through. So, reasons for a lotus birth. There’s two ways people kinda go. There’s the spiritual way and there’s the way of just, they want life to slow down a little bit because it will take about 10 days for the cord to fall off naturally. So you’re not going to Target with your baby and a bag of a placenta. You’re gonna stay home, you’re gonna heal, life is gonna be slower
especially if you have siblings, you need things to just slow down. Typically, that’s more why people choose lotus birth nowadays. Spiritual reasons, a lot of
people believe energetically, the baby is still bonded with the placenta therefore that shouldn’t be cut so soon. It’s a much gentler way
of entering into the world and the baby actually goes
through a bit of a loss period when the placenta is taken. However, many people also believe that the baby energetically
feels through the umbilical cord so cutting it actually
causes the baby pain. It’s a matter of opinion. There’s not really any
more information on it than people saying this
is what we experienced, this is what we believe when it comes to spiritual practices of a lotus birth. But that is where a
lotus birth originated in was spiritual practices. Um. Sorry (laughs). Um, our modified lotus birth, so that I will be able to
encapsulate my placenta is gonna be just a slightly different. So we will not be able to use any herbs and spices to dry our placenta out. Simply because you’ll be
washing them off very soon and certain herbs are harder to wash off and if they’re taken in by the mother, it can dry out breast
milk and vaginal tissue which needs to be moist
for healing purposes. Our house needs to slow
down, we definitely do and that’s a big reason
why we’ve chose to do this. Our doula has been asked
to stay for the four hours that we are gonna sleep
and then after we wake up she is going to help us. We will tie a string around the cord, the cord will be cut and then it will be
prepared for encapsulation. Probably put in the fridge first. I’ll probably most
likely be tired (laughs) but we will be swaddled together, we will have the baby have
a nice smooth transition into this world and we’re
really excited about it. – That sounds like a
really beautiful tradition and a great way to kinda
segue from pregnancy through the birth and then
into having a newborn. And as Molly just explained
so eloquently to us, that you can still kind of
honor that transitional space and then still also
encapsulate your placenta. You do want to get started, if you’re planning to ingest the placenta, whether that’s with
encapsulation or something else, you do want to get the
placenta into the refrigerator within about four to
five hours of the birth. So you wouldn’t be able
to do the full lotus where the placenta is dried and then the cord releases naturally because then of course, the placenta would not be suitable for
encapsulation or ingestion and you would want to have some soft of a, whether you bury it or do something else with the placenta at that point. Did you have anything that you would like to add to this Molly? I guess I was kind of curious, did you do this with a prior baby or is this going to be your first time doing a lotus birth of any kind? – We did not do this with our first baby. We have only one little girl. We did encapsulate my placenta and I have been promoting
placenta encapsulation for the past six years
’cause it was just wonderful and such a great experience and the first lady who
did my placenta was just, did so much more than
just come to my house, encapsulate my placenta and leave. She really sat down with me
and explained so many things that even me, being someone who grew up in the alternative way
of birthing and life, she told me so many things
that I needed to hear and didn’t know which were really great. But with this one, this
will be our first try at doing a modified lotus birth and my birth team is very excited and they are all on board with me. They have not done a lotus
birth or anything similar so they are excited to do this with me and it’s be an experience
for them as well. – That’s fantastic Molly,
I’m really excited for you and we’ll definitely have to do some sort of a follow
up to hear how it does. – Love to do pictures and we’ll show kinda how the birth went and
how things were wonderful. – Fantastic. So what I would like to know is if somebody who’s in the
areas that you service would like to get a hold of you, what is the best way to
reach you or contact you for any of your postpartum
services that you offer? – Really the easiest way to contact me would go to the PBI
website and the directory. All my information is there. Everyway you could possibly
get a hold of me is there and I always get back to my clients within 24 hours of them emailing, calling, however you decide to contact me. – Thank you for being on this episode of Ask the Placenta Lady, Molly
and thank you for tuning in. Remember, ask the Placenta Lady, no question is too strange
for the Placenta Lady. Our easy way to contact us
is AskthePlacentaLady.com. You can always find more information about placenta encapsulation
at our main website which is placentabenefits.info. On Facebook and Instagram,
we are @PlacentaBenefits. An easy way to find
Molly or any of our other PBi Placenta Encapsulation Specialists® would be on our providers directory and an easy URL for that
is just Placenta.Directory. Thanks for joining us
and find us next time on Ask the Placenta Lady. (gentle music)

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