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Raf Geurts

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originated in the East, recently risen in Western home births.
Lotus birth = keeping the placenta attached to the infant until it falls off naturally.
-> keeping baby and cord intact is what Mother Nature intended.
->increasing the risk of infection and carrying around a chunk of rotting flesh for up to a week. - Chinese tradition: “sitting out the month”
- Mothers are confined to the home for a 30- to 40-day period following birth.
- Practitioners believe exposing mother to the elements will cause weakness, and in turn, sickness
- Avoiding the outdoors, moms must stay clear of open windows, air conditioners and fans, a feat that must be tough during summer months. For over half a millennium, tradition of tossing newborns off the side of a 50-foot-tall temple.
-Thought to bring good fortune to the children
- courage and intelligence

congregation members catch the infants on a stretched-out sheet below. - Vietnamese also follow the confinement custom
- Added element: mother-in-law moves into the home for a full month after the birth. In addition to helping her son keep house, the in-law is in charge of cooking medicinal stews and soups for the new mom. A few days before a baby is born
Mother moves out of her home
Into a ritualistic building with animal murals that contains a shrine to the goddess of birth.
Only “unclean” women may enter the building
Aid in the birth.
- Six weeks of “rest” post-partum.
- The amount of recuperation time varies
- An Indian woman of Colombia : a month
- The Yaghan : by the end of the day

- Mothers aren't encouraged to breastfeed
- Formula samples. PAKISTAN INDIA
- women do not cut the umbilical cord before the delivery of he placenta

-if the cord has to be removed for the safety of the child, they will bind a string attached to the placenta on the mother's leg LOTUS BIRTH To confine = to limit ancient lore: if the cord is severed, the placenta will rise to the mother's throat and choke her The Ibo of Nigeria and Ghana treat the placenta as the dead twin of the live child and give it full burial rites.
In many African cultures, "zan boku" means "the place where the placenta is buried." and bury the placenta under a tree. The placenta can affect the baby's mood or even make the baby ill.
The placenta is washed, dried, placed in a basket Buried by the father. - Bolivian Aymara and Quecha people believe placenta has its own spirit
- It is washed and buried by the husband in a secret and shady place
- If this ritual is not performed correctly, they believe, the mother or baby may become very sick or even die.
- The commercial use of "placenta extract" found in some cosmetics, such as facial cream, was sold in France.
- In 1994 Britain banned the practice of collecting placentas in hospitals. Aboriginals bury the placenta under the three where the child was born or they place it under a pit for green ants they believe that if the green ants eat the fresh placenta they will have no babies for a while! AMERICA

Vietnam and China cultures, placenta = life-giving force. - dried and added to placenta recipes
->increase a person’s energy and vitality. Birth rituals around the world post-partum = after delivery China Vietnam MALI EUROPE (in former times) GUATEMALA ABORIGINALS AFRICA ASIA LOTUS BIRTHS = keeping the placenta attached to the infant until it falls off naturally
-Originated in the East -> recently risen in the West. Idea: keeping baby and cord intact is what Mother Nature intended.
-risk of infection
-carrying around a chunk of rotting flesh for up to a week. THANKS FOR LISTENING confinement: opsluiting congregation: geestelijke orde
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