When I said that you shouldn’t agree with everything you see on Offbeat Families, I meant it … and that includes me! This particular post falls outside my comfort zone, but it’s a concept that some of you will likely find fascinating. -Ariel
Harriet was lotus born. Mama and Daddy chose to give Harriet a lotus birth because they saw it as the natural progression of the birth experience for those opposed to interventions. Lotus birth babies have two birth days, they have the day that they were born into the world from Mama’s womb and they have the day that their umbilical cord and placenta naturally detached from their belly button. You can read the lotus transition of her birth here.
This year Harri celebrated her first birthday and her first lotus bith anniversary. To honour and reflect upon Harriet’s lotus transition Mama and Daddy made artworks using Harriet and Mama’s defrosted placenta.
Last year when her placenta and cord detached Daddy removed the brittle dried part of the cord, wrapped the rest of the placenta and cord in plastic wrap and placed it at the back of the freezer to keep. We had planned to defrost it and plant it in a pot with a tree of some kind at Harriet’s naming day. But, when the time came it didn’t feel right to plant the placenta that day at that ceremony. Since then we found out about placenta prints and decided to make some on Harri’s first lotus birth day. We removed her placenta from the freezer and it defrosted throughout the day.
Then we removed the plastic wrap and found that even though the placenta had been dry when we froze it last year, it was now once again bloody and perfect for making some blood prints.
Because we weren’t sure if our placenta would have any blood left to make the traditional blood placenta prints we prepared ourselves to make paint on canvas prints of Harriet’s womb sister instead.
It was a very moving and personal experience, making prints with the organ that once lived inside Mama with Harriet and kept Harriet alive. Did you know that at the beginning of conception the placenta and baby share the same cells, until the separate around day 9? The placenta could have been the baby and vice versa. It is lovely to have two pieces of art which pay homage to our lotus birth.
We highly recommend placenta prints to any family who have lotus births or any family who have an appreciation for the placenta, pregnancy and unhindered birth.