What is a Lotus Birth? Melbourne mother’s baby ‘snuggled up’ her placenta as it remained tied for days in a ‘smooth transition from womb to world’

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Two years ago, proud Melbourne mom Tina West took a more natural path by giving birth to her son.

The 31-year-old opted for a Lotus birth, where she left her son Maxii connected to the placenta and waited for the umbilical cord to come off naturally.

“This allows the baby to have the smoothest transition from uterus in the world and gives the placenta and baby the time they need to energetically detach forever,” Tina said. 7Life.

Mum Tina West opted for a Lotus birth, keeping the placenta attached to her newborn son. Credit: Tina West / Supplied

As the practice of Lotus childbirth continues to spark medical debate, Tina couldn’t say more about her own experience.

To prepare for Maxii’s arrival, the excited mom-to-be purchased two types of fabrics to create a Lotus birth bag to protect the placenta while they patiently waited for it to come off.

“1 was my own custom cat fabric and I used a cute outdoor rabbit fabric to have a little mix and match,” Tina said.

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“The placenta does not smell like” outside steak ”

Around the waist of a small plate, the bag was tied with cords in order to open and close the bag when desired.

This made it easy for Tina to clean the placenta on a daily basis to prevent infection.

Tina also got some lemon balm, rosemary and sage which she applied to the organ to minimize odor.

Tina West waited for the placenta to come off naturally from her newborn baby.
Tina West waited for the placenta to come off naturally from her newborn baby. Credit: Tina West / Supplied

“These herbs together create such a beautiful aromatic blend that would keep any odor at bay even though no matter what people assume the placenta doesn’t smell like ‘steak’ as it is properly cleaned before being put into the birth. Lotus bag and herbs, ”she explained.

And when little Maxii was on the earth side, it reaffirmed Tina’s decision not to cut the umbilical cord.

“It was so good to see him and his placenta side by side and they even huddled together, best friends since the day of conception.”

Tina then placed the placenta in her custom bag and sprinkled the hand-picked herbs on top.

She was quick to admit that she was holding her newborn son and that the placenta was not as delicate as some might think.

The placenta is sprinkled with hand-selected herbs to prevent odor.
The placenta is sprinkled with hand-selected herbs to prevent odor. Credit: Tina West / Supplied

“The placenta in the Lotus birth bag was easy to move if needed,” she said.

“When my son was detained, the bag was just moved around to make sure the drawstring didn’t pull, and when he was asleep it was the same.

“A lot of people worry that Lotus birth will be too inconvenient, however, it allows mother and baby to have a slow postpartum.”

After two days, Maxii’s umbilical cord came off naturally.

However, Tina’s lotus birth didn’t end there with the mother wanting to do something special with the placenta.

“My husband brought a blood orange tree and we planted it (the placenta) under the tree so that our son would have his own placental tree for the rest of his life.

Tina West planted her placenta under a blood orange tree that her two-year-old son is now caring for.
Tina West planted her placenta under a blood orange tree that her two-year-old son is now caring for. Credit: Tina West / Supplied

He knows where his best friend is so he can remember them forever.

“The tree is now two years old and starting to bear fruit,” Tina explained.

“It’s interesting that my son becomes his now at the age of two, it’s like he and the tree are in sync.

“Develop strong and strong roots and now become theirs,” she said.

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“Her own placental tree for the rest of her life.”

Due to Tina’s incredibly positive experience, she has now decided to make a living by bringing the dreams of other Lotus women to life.

By opening an Etsy store, Tina now designs and creates bespoke Lotus baby bags and kits.

Mom Tina West helps her son Maxii take care of the placental tree
Mom Tina West helps her son Maxii take care of the placental tree Credit: Tina West / Supplied

Even though Lotus’ childbirth is sometimes seen as an outdated method, Tina is determined to remove the stigma.

Like any first-time mom, Tina began to research childbirth practices and took a particular interest in Lotus childbirth.

“Understanding that the placenta and the baby were from the same cell since conception intrigued me,” she said.

“Like why do we cut the placenta at birth since it literally kept our babies alive for nine months?”

“While doing some research I realized that the only reason the placenta was cut was to save laundry at the time and to this day it is thrown in the trash or sold for cosmetic purposes such as anti-aging products. “

Tina admits that it “didn’t suit her” and the more she understood about Lotus births, the more she realized that was the way for her.

Tina West custom designs Lotus birth bags for new parents to store placentas during lotus birth practice.
Tina West custom designs Lotus birth bags for new parents to store placentas during lotus birth practice. Credit: Tina West / Supplied

The mom spoke about the need for modern medicine to start respecting this birthing practice.

“Respecting the journey of the baby and the placenta, it should end at its own pace and not end abruptly without having the opportunity to say goodbye,” she said.

“I describe him as a child holding his puppy which he had for nine months, then someone snatched the puppy from his hands without an explanation and he is gone forever,” she added.

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“Best friends since the day of conception”.

The mom thinks the reason people look down on lotus births is because people don’t see the placenta as a vital organ when it is essential for every child’s development in the womb.

“An intelligent organ, so involved in all the processes from the conception of the baby to the birth, and ultimately it has no value?”

“Every mother who gives birth should know that she has the birthright to bring her placenta home even if she doesn’t want to give birth to the lotus completely.

“They can take it home and bury it because it belongs to their baby that their body created.”

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