Hot Right Now: Letting Your Newborn Keep His Placenta for Six Days

Okay, brace yourself. There's a birthing technique that will allow you to live in a house with a Keurig and some wifi but still keep the umbilical cord attached from your baby to its placenta postpartum until it detaches on its own, about a week later, just like chimpanzees do. Sure, it requires lugging the thing… » 10/28/13 1:00pm 10/28/13 1:00pm

Hanging Out with Your 'Musty' Placenta Is the Big New Birthing Trend

"Lotus birth"—the practice of allowing the umbilical cord and placenta to detach naturally from the newborn—has reportedly been around for centuries in Balinese tradition and certain aboriginal cultures, but it's just now hitting the American trend-piece circuit. In typical births, the umbilical cord is clamped and… » 4/12/13 7:00pm 4/12/13 7:00pm