What Is Lotus Birth And Is It Safe?
Lotus birth is a type of labor where the baby’s head enters through the mother’s cervix during delivery. This method of childbirth is not recommended for women with pre-eclampsia or other blood pressure disorders. Also, it may cause a higher risk of bleeding after delivery if the woman does not have access to emergency contraception (like Plan B).
How Does Lotus Birth Work?
The birth usually occurs when the doctor places a speculum into the mother’s mouth and then pushes down on her lower abdomen while she holds onto the edge of a bed frame. The baby’s head is placed inside through the opening made by pushing down on her stomach. If there are no complications, it takes less than five minutes to complete. Some doctors recommend that you hold your breath during this procedure so that you do not aspirate any blood from your lungs or other organs during delivery.
Benefits Of Lotus Birth:
It is safe and effective method of birth. It requires little time and effort compared to other methods. There are no risks associated with this method of birth.
You will get relief from pain during labor and delivery. It is easy to perform, which makes it suitable for beginners or those who want to try something new without much worry about complications. The practitioner will ensure that you receive adequate medical attention during pregnancy or after delivery if needed.
Risks Or Complications Of Lotus Birth:
You should not be a candidate for this form of delivery if you have any of the following:
Ideas For Lotus Birth Practices:
The person performing the procedure should be female, as the baby is more likely to enter the birth canal without complications. You should make sure that you are at a safe place during labor so that you do not run into any problems.
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Lotus birth can be a spiritual experience. Most women choose to do it that way and the baby’s head is in the right position anyway. The best part about the lotus birth is that you really go into a trance and loose track of everything else because your brain enters some weird peaceful place.
I did not even feel the stretching and pulling many times when it occurred…and I am usually a wuss about pain! It was wonderful.
Lotus birth is the most natural way to have your baby and it can increase the likelihood of having a VBAC (Vaginal birth after Cesarean). I would seriously look into it if I were you. It can be a great experience.
Lotus birth is also a great way to enjoy childbirth if you have had some fears in the past. The combination of the pressure on your abdomen, your deep breathing techniques and the pressure on your lungs (and at times, even blocking your airways slightly) can really help you to focus in on the moment while still being able to relax.
Most people think that because of the pushing involved it will be painful. This is not necessarily true. You are pushing against something soft and your brain can block out the pain hormones that get released during contractions.
I was able to push my baby farther out with each contraction than I thought I could because I did not feel pain like I thought I would.
Lotus birth can be a great experience for dads too. My husband loved being in the room while they were putting pressure on my stomach. He got really into it and started chanting “push, push!” He was so adorable and it was really a bonding experience for us.
The only thing that I would warn about is that lotus birth can be a bit messy. If you choose to have the rubber sheet and plastic placed under you, then your bed will be a mess afterwards. You can avoid this by laying down a large beach towel on your bed and having a folding cot or recliner that you do it on instead.
I used a folding chair and it worked great.
You can also try doing it in the bathtub. I would suggest having someone to take pictures and video of the process for you though if you go this route. You are going to be concentrating on pushing a baby out and may not have time to do it yourself!
Lotus birth is an amazing experience. If you have the type of midwife that supports natural birth, then I urge you to ask more about it. You may find that it is just what you are looking for in your next birth experience!
This is just my opinion, and I hope that you found it helpful. If you have any further questions please feel free to send me a message…and congratulations on your coming bundle of joy!
You graciously thank your midwife for her time and advice and sign off. The knot in your stomach has returned, but this time it’s not because of morning sickness.
You really, really want to have a natural birth and you’ve done your research. You feel confident in your abilities to deal with pain and have managed to talk your husband into allowing you to attempt a natural birth at the hospital he works at.
You know that a c-section is sometimes unavoidable, but you and your husband really don’t want to have to go down that route if it isn’t absolutely necessary.
Tomorrow, you’re going to have a lot more questions for your husband and you’re going to be really picky about the answers.
Part Two: The Birthday Party
You’ve been feeling pretty ill lately and it’s been hard to keep food down, but you throw yourself into party preparations anyway. Thankfully your mom is around to help you most of the time. She even goes and buys the groceries for you since you’re not feeling well enough to do it yourself.
It’s a good thing she’s so helpful, because you really don’t feel like doing anything most of the time. Your husband has also been around a lot more lately. He says he likes to make sure you’re getting enough rest, but you think he’s just looking for an excuse to avoid his own family.
His parents have been really pushing for him to finally take over the family business, but he’s been pushing back a lot harder than you thought he would. He even told you that he’s considering just not going into the family business at all and taking his chances at getting hired at a regular job.
His parents have also been trying to get him to settle down and give them grandchildren too, but that’s a battle for another day.
In any case, your mother in law has been around a bit more lately, which is a blessing and a curse. She does help take care of you when you’re sick, but she’s also really pushing for that grandchild.
The kicker is, she doesn’t know that she’s almost going to be a grand mother already. You’re only a few months pregnant and already the baby has gotten so big that suits aren’t hiding it anymore. You’ve resorted to baggy clothes and wearing bigger shirts to try and hide your belly.
You’ve gotten really good at acting sick too, even though you rarely get sick in real life. When you do get sick in real life, it’s mostly just a 24 hour bug that passes pretty quickly. You’re hoping this pregnancy goes by fast too, because you can’t imagine having to go through this for more than three months.
When today finally comes, you’re full of anxiety again. You get yourself ready and then wait for your husband to pick you up. You look as cute as you can before leaving and then spend some time with your mother before leaving.
You sure you’ll be alright by yourself?”
You ask her, double and triple checking.
“Yes, I’ll be fine. Now go have fun at your party.” She says.
You finally leave after another round of worrying and head to your husband’s car. He’s already there, parked on the curb in front of your house.
“You look nice.” He says as you hop into the passenger seat.
“Thanks, so do you.” You say, although he’s hardly dressed up at all. He’s just wearing a t-shirt and some jeans, but it’s the thought that counts.
The drive to the party takes about twenty minutes and is mostly silent. You try to start a conversation a few times, but your husband is oddly quiet, which makes you more anxious.
Finally, you pull up to the house where the party will take place and he turns to you.
“I’ll be right back, I’m going to go tell everyone that you arrived.” He says.
“Okay.” You reply and watch as he gets out of the car. You take a few seconds to just look around the neighborhood.
The houses are pretty big and the lawns are all well taken care of. You imagine living in a place like this, but then quickly realize you won’t be if things don’t go your way tonight.
You’re lost in thought when you suddenly hear a tapping on your window. You turn and are surprised to see your husband has returned, and he doesn’t look happy.
“Oh, you’re here. I was just about to text you.” You say and go to grab your phone, which is in your purse.
“I said I’d come tell them that you had arrived, not that you were going to stay in the car!” He shouts and pulls you by the arm out of the car.
But…” You start to say, but he cuts you off.
“But nothing. Come on.” He says and starts walking towards the house before helping you from the ground up.
He doesn’t say anything else to you, just marches you along like a prison guard. You’re so confused right now, you don’t know what to think, but you do know that being pregnant hasn’t been easy and all this walking is not easy on your back.
You follow him up the walkway and he knocks on the door. A middle-aged woman with blonde hair in a bun answers the door. She looks like she was in the middle of cooking because she has food splattered on her shirt and her hair is messy like she’s been running her hands through it.
“Hi, Jenny. I just came to let you know I’m here.” You husband says without even looking at the woman.
Why are you telling me? Aren’t you going to introduce me to your wife?”
She says with a frown.
Your husband turns and looks at you for the first time since getting into the car and you see a mixture of confusion, anger and disgust on his face.
This is your wife?”
The woman asks in a shocked voice.
“Yes, this is my wife. This is Jenny.” He says and then just walks past the two of you into the house.
You stand there stunned for a few seconds before the woman addresses you.
“Well, you better come on in. I’m sorry about him. He’s been an insufferable prick since he got here and now I know why.” She says and holds the door open wide.
“Thank you.” You manage to get out as you walk past her.
As you walk through the foyer and into the great room, you take a look around in awe. The house is huge! You’d be living like a queen here!
Can I get you a drink?”
The woman asks.
You’re about to politely decline, but the smell of the food being served wafting from the dining room is too much for you and your growling stomach takes over.
That food smell delicious, what is it?”
“It’s a casserole my mom used to make. I’ve never quite got the recipe right, but it’s better than it sounds.” She says and then yells toward the kitchen “Honey, can we set another place, I’ve got a guest!”
You walk further into the great room and see French doors opening onto a large deck. There is a small garden area with a bubbling fountain in the middle and all sorts of flowers and statues. You don’t know much about flowers, but you like them and there are a lot here.
You walk over to the railing to get a closer look at a particularly stunning pink one.
“That’s a rose.” Your hostess says as she comes up beside you with a platter of food.
“It’s so beautiful. I’ve never really studied them, but I’ve always loved them.” You say as you take in it’s beauty.
“Wait until summer, when they’re in full bloom, it’s like a rainbow of flowers out there.” She says with a smile.
You turn back toward the woman and see that her eyes are now a bright green. Before you can make any sense of that information, she speaks again.
The casserole’s not quite done, shall we sit and talk?”
You nod and take a seat next to the fountain.
“I’ll be back in a minute,” she says and heads back inside.
You look around some more while you wait. There is a wooded area behind the house. You can see a few paths worn through the trees and can only imagine that they lead to something interesting.
You’ve always loved nature so that would be the best part of living here for you.
After about five minutes, the woman returns with a small bowl of chips and two bottles of soda.
“I didn’t know what you wanted to drink, so I got you a root beer.”
You accept her offering and sit back to watch the garden while you eat and drink.
So, what’s your name?”
“Well it’s nice to meet you, Caroline. My name is Jen.” She says and holds out her hand for you to shake.
“I like your house, it’s very pretty.” You say
“Thank you. I’m still trying to decide where to put your room. I haven’t had a chance to furnish it yet, but I guess I should get that done soon.”
“So, um…how did you meet my…um…” You don’t know how to ask, so you just wave in the direction that the man went.
She smiles and says “Oh him?
He’s a local real estate agent. He said he was coming over to give me the keys since he was the one that listed the house.
It really is a beautiful house, isn’t it?”
You stare at her and wonder if you’ve stepped into an alternate reality.
“Yes, it is lovely.” You say and then add “So tell me about the rooms.”
She looks at you confused and says “What about them?”
I mean, what are they like? Do you have a favorite?”
“Well, as I said, I haven’t furnished any of them yet. But when I do, I’m thinking the master bedroom will be yellow…no, turquoise. Or maybe even a pale purple.”
You almost gag on your soda.
“I love purple!” You say.
Oh, do you like roses?”
They’re my favorite.”
You mutter and then think “What the hell is going on?”
“Good. There’s a patch of them along that path,” She points toward the wood “I was going to go pick some later if you’d like to come with me.”
You smile and say “I’d love to. I never picked roses before. They’re my favorite flower too.”
“Great. I’m going to go freshen up, but I’ll be back in a few minutes to show you the house. I haven’t picked roses in forever.
This will be fun.”
She heads inside and you spend some time looking at the fountain and roses in the front yard. The sun is shining and the birds are singing. Everything is perfect.
Maybe this is what heaven is like, you think.
You jump a little when you feel a hand on your shoulder. Your hostess stands behind you with a large basket in her hand. She smiles and says “Sorry, I didn’t mean to startle you.
Ready to go?
“Yeah!” You chirp and follow her down the path through the trees. The walk is lovely and not nearly as long as you thought it would be.
Every now and then you spot a flower that you wouldn’t mind seeing in full bloom.
Soon the trees give way to a small patch of flowers of every color imaginable. You’ve never seen so many different types before. You bend down and gently caress a petal of one.
They’re so soft, yet fragile. Like tiny little lives waiting to be lived.
Isn’t it beautiful?
I remember my mother showing me this place when I was younger. I was probably about your age.” She says with a far away look in her eyes.
“It really is.” You agree. “It’s like a rainbow all planted together.
I never seen anything so wonderful.”
“I know what you mean. I spent many happy days here as a child. I haven’t been back since, but when I saw it from my window I just had to come.”
You smile and add “It was worth the trip. I’ve never seen so many colors before. It’s like a painting that came to life.”
Your hostess laughs and says “Well, thank you sweetie. But I think you’ll like the house even more. It’s the prettiest one in the whole town.
I hope you and your friend will like it there.”
You’re about to ask her why she referred to you as her friend, but just then she points at a break in the flowers.
“There it is! The prettiest house in town.”
You turn toward the direction she’s pointing in and your breath is taken away. You’ve never seen anything so amazing. It’s almost like the houses in a picture book.
Every detail from the iron fences to the carved door and shuttered windows are as perfect as can be. They’re painted with the same rose colored paint as the fence and surrounding flowers.
“Let’s go see the inside!
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