– Down to Birth and Dr. Sarah Buckley
The placenta, also called the afterbirth, develops from the same cells as the baby. In the womb it acts as the baby’s external organ, performing the tasks of the gut, kidney, liver, skin and lungs. After birth, the baby’s placenta is usually delivered within an hour or two. Women who hold their babies and breastfeed straight after birth will help the placenta deliver more easily.
Traditional cultures hold the newborn placenta in high esteem and dispose of it carefully and respectfully. Some modern families honour the placenta through ‘lotus birth’, or non-severance of the cord.
- Lotus Birth by Dr Sarah Buckley
- Lotus Birth by the International College of Spiritual Midwifery
- Lotus Birth Net website
and Rachana Shivam’s book ‘Lotus Birth’: