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A Texas birth consultant is preaching the benefits of “umbilical nonseverance” which involves letting the umbilical cord fall off naturally after birth. The practice is said to help mothers and babies bond. Do you think this is a good idea?

ABC News U.S. 2013/04/12 02:00:00
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New parents can be overwhelmed taking care of a newborn, but one birth consultant thinks one way to help parents cope is by literally not cutting the cord.

Mary Ceallaigh, a birth consultant and doula from Austin, Texas, is preaching the benefits of “umbilical nonseverance” which involves letting the umbilical cord fall off naturally after birth. Ceallaigh, 47, says the practice is also called having a “lotus birth” can help mothers and babies bond.

“It is a trend getting more notice in western culture particularly among holistically inclined people,” said Ceallaigh. “[It's] just as another way to create optimal beginnings for babies.”

While the practice may seem like a new-age remedy gone haywire, Ceallaigh says the ritual actually comes from traditional Balinese practices. Parents care for the newborn, while also lugging around the baby’s attached placenta.


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  • kcandi 2013/04/12 18:10:18
    No
    kcandi
    +13
    If cats/dogs instinctively sever the umbilical cord, seems like it's the more "natural" way to go.....

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  • DragonHawk 2013/07/19 19:31:33
    I don't know
    DragonHawk
    I doubt any large scale studies have been done.
    How often does it fail to detach naturally?
  • sabre2th1 2013/04/17 22:24:23
    No
    sabre2th1
    What happened to the other billions of babies in the history of the world who didnt...eh Im guessing they didnt bond very well with their mothers then...
  • Maleficent 2013/04/17 19:20:04
    No
    Maleficent
    i don't think so.
  • MENAH 2013/04/17 19:03:33
    Yes
    MENAH
    Most of you don't even know what you're talking about. It IS a good idea because when you cut the cord right after birth the baby loses 30% of their blood supply. So by doing that you're making their tiny little bodies work twice as hard to make up for the loss of so much blood. Dumbasses.
  • **Bessie** 2013/04/17 18:17:55
    No
    **Bessie**
    Not just no...


    hell no
  • disclaimer 2013/04/17 17:46:27
    No
    disclaimer
    +2
    Mothers and babies have always bonded just fine without leaving the placenta hanging on. I'd be grossed out if I had to carry around that damn placenta. In the wild, animals bite off the cord the second the baby comes out--seems pretty natural to me.
  • Steelshrt 2013/04/17 17:29:34
    I don't know
    Steelshrt
    But it worked for thousands of years before the medical profession changed it.
  • ebitnet 2013/04/17 16:11:35 (edited)
    I don't know
    ebitnet
    How about "time out for some medical science", folks? Public opinion or the opinion of one doula should not influence medical practice. Has any one actually performed a real rigorous scientific study of this and published it in a respectable and medical journal? That should influence and determine whether or not this is a good idea.
    I'm not a medical doctor (my PhD is in physical chemistry), but I know how to recognize good science from bad science. Unless there is good evidence to the contrary..this is a bad idea. On the other hand, perhaps there is a good medical reason for doing this...but let's see the science first and not rely on new age mumbo jumbo.
  • layon 2013/04/17 09:36:21
    No
    layon
    +1
    crazy!
  • Zella 2013/04/16 19:04:08
    I don't know
    Zella
    try it see what happens. I don't see any risks on doing it you can always go back to the hospital and ask them to cut it if parents change their mind right?
  • P. Sturm 2013/04/16 18:02:33
    Yes
    P. Sturm
    +1
    It's better for the baby's immune system.
  • CサïCサï xχx 2013/04/16 16:14:59
  • joseph digristina 2013/04/16 15:18:44
  • raine 2013/04/16 12:17:10
    I don't know
    raine
    +1
    How long should they leave it attached to placenta? I could see it might be beneficial to allow stem cells to enter the child body. Maybe those do help the child. I remember me mum left the little plack nub on my sister until it fell off naturally.
  • R.Lancelot 2013/04/16 12:02:32 (edited)
  • Hedwig13 2013/04/16 09:47:21
    I don't know
    Hedwig13
    A little too weird for me but hey, if you want to do that go right ahead! Who am I to stop you!
  • Angela Chambers 2013/04/16 06:16:17
    Yes
    Angela Chambers
    +1
    It's called a "lotus birth" and something I would like to try when I have kids.

    lotus birth kids
    lotus birth kids
  • linkmas... Angela ... 2013/04/17 15:29:08
    linkmaster360
    I think I'm gonna throw up
  • Steelshrt Angela ... 2013/04/17 17:35:49
    Steelshrt
    That's one hot MILF.
  • Bureauc 0Bamao 2013/04/16 03:04:18
    No
    Bureauc 0Bamao
    +1
    Oh my gosh! How did we as a species ever make it to this point, where the average life span has doubled in the last two centuries?
  • Ferηαηdo 夢 2013/04/15 17:18:51
    No
    Ferηαηdo 夢
    +2
    These doctors need to cut it out.
  • Scar 2013/04/15 16:30:32
    No
    Scar
    +2
    I almost F*CKING VOMITED when I read that. That is truly disgusting. Just......OMG no
  • Nat Turner 2013/04/15 12:19:21 (edited)
    No
    Nat Turner
    If It's not broke.. Don't fix It! Women have been having babies for years and nothing went wrong unless one of them were sick! Leave things alone!
  • venetia nomusa 2013/04/15 12:06:42
    Yes
    venetia nomusa
    f the pros saiz t the best y wnt w do 2 save our babies lives
  • Steelshrt venetia... 2013/04/17 17:32:06
    Steelshrt
    Say again?
  • TuringsChild 2013/04/15 11:45:54
    I don't know
    TuringsChild
    +1
    Sounds a bit weird, and smelly. It makes sense to wait for the cord to stop pulsing, though.
  • deidara.trueart 2013/04/15 09:39:30 (edited)
  • Papillon deidara... 2013/04/15 14:23:09
  • deidara... Papillon 2013/04/15 14:27:40
  • Papillon deidara... 2013/04/17 04:07:05 (edited)
  • deidara... Papillon 2013/04/17 04:54:12
  • Papillon deidara... 2013/04/18 06:53:17 (edited)
  • deidara... Papillon 2013/04/18 07:29:28
  • Papillon deidara... 2013/04/18 07:46:55
  • deidara... Papillon 2013/04/18 10:23:44
  • Papillon deidara... 2013/04/18 23:09:46
  • Prion I... Papillon 2013/04/15 20:32:35 (edited)
    Prion Indigo
    I hate it when there are no "other" or "undecided" catagories!!

    But this poll was better than most. It did have an "I don't know>" catagory.
  • Papillon Prion I... 2013/04/17 04:03:28
  • Prion I... Papillon 2013/04/17 16:39:46
    Prion Indigo
    +1
    Ok. :P lol.
  • **Bessie** deidara... 2013/04/17 18:23:27
    **Bessie**
    Exactly!
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