When a baby is born, doctors often tie or clamp the umbilical cord almost immediately. This ensures that most, if not all, of the cord blood never makes it to the baby. This is the blood that is banked. If the cord blood is not banked, it is thrown away!

Lotus Birth – A Ritual for our times By Dr. Sarah J. Buckley Lotus birth is the practice of leaving the umbilical cord uncut, so that the baby remains attached to his/her placenta until the cord naturally separates at the umbilicus- exactly as a cut cord

Placenta musings…. By Jodie Miller Pregnant with my first, I read about placenta ceremonies and indigenous traditions with curiosity. I only mentioned it to my midwife once, but she never forgot. Following my sons empowering birth, she offered to put hi

Placentophagia By Melissa Baker What is Placentophagia? Placentophagia (or placentaphagia) is the practice of consuming the placenta. Many mammals naturally eat the placenta soon after birth and as do some traditional cultures. Preparations vary, includin

THE LOTUS BIRTH OF AALIA LAKSHMI ROSE By Sam Pearson I had first heard of Lotus Birth from the homebirth midwives that attended the birth of my second child. They offered it to me as an option but we decided at that time to cut the umbilical cord. When I