Mum shares her amazing experience with a home VBAC and lotus birth.

My Secret Bump shared on their Facebook page her amazing Lotus birth and how thrilled she was that she got to have her VBAC experience that she really longed for. “VBAC at home after my traumatic emergency c-section first time was immense healing.”

Mishelle Bee, a 38 year old mum of two, shared her journey… “A Lotus Birth is basically where the baby’s cord is left unsevered and untouched, attached to the placenta until the cord naturally comes away.”

“It took just 4 days for Rain’s cord to drop off. The cord started drying up that same night he was born. I must admit it was strange having to remember it was attached and I was quite concerned about pulling it. Considering I didn’t know what to expect, we are so pleased we honoured Rain’s wishes it as it was such a special spiritual process for all of us.”

I found it really made us more mindful and slow down and chill. I stayed in bed for the 4 days bonding with our new family member and was only myself and Dan who held him. We found ourselves very aware of Rain and his connection to his placenta, and it certainly was a sacred, peaceful time for just our family.”

“The placenta was easy to care for and although I’m not a huge placenta lover, it was non offensive and really easy to manage. My sister made us a lovely bag to put it in and we changed it and added more salt and dried lavendar every day.

I did consider the benefits of placenta capsulation but now realise that the medicine I needed was the Lotus Birth itself. This whole birth was my medicine, and of course this VBAC at home after my traumatic emergency c-section first time was immense healing.

I have loved reading and learning about how various cultures treat the placenta. Many cultures such as the Maori of New Zealand, Indonesians, the Ibo of Nigeria, and Samoans choose to bury the placenta. In Euro-pagan traditions, the placenta is buried under a tree. Burying the placenta symbolises the connection between humans and the Earth. The placenta nourishes the tree and helps it grow tall and strong. It is the hope that the life of the child will also be strong and healthy.

In many cultures the placenta is seen as a sibling but in other cultures its cut off a few minutes after birth and thrown away. (The latter is what happened to me first time and sadly, I didn’t even think about it.) It didn’t make sense to me to cut a living organism off another living organism. Surely the placenta holds a purpose – Why would it still be attached to the baby if it meant nothing after birth?

It’s fascinating to learn that Chimpanzees (the closest DNA to man) don’t sever the cord with their newborns. They have been observed in those early days after birth sitting with the baby still connected to the placenta in their arms, only moving slowly around in their retreat spot, until the cord naturally detaches.

My baby’s birth was so peaceful. He floated into the world and I had a powerful meditation with my Matrix Birth Reimprinting 4 months previously where my baby’s Soul told me clearly he would arrive Earthside on the 10th March. (I wrote it down and told people!). He was born on the early morning of the 7th and his cord dropped off on the 10th. He arrived. ????

We have a lovely pear tree called William Bon and we are planning a little Naming and planting Ceremony in the warmer months.”

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This post was originally shared on My Secret Bump Facebook page and has been shared with full permission.

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  • i have actually heard of this before but i would not do it lol it’s not my type of thing


  • To each their own – provided there are no complications, do your own thing.


  • I think some mums go way over the top with birth experiences. As long as bub arrives safe and healthy, that’s all that matters


  • Special prescription reflux medication specially mixed by a pharmacist with special qualifications is the only that gave one of ours any relief. The first time she slept over 3 hours we thought all our birthdays had come at once. Rubbing her back didn’t seem to help. We had to pat her back very firmly bvefore she seemed to get any relief before the paeditrician ordered the medication. Finally all the family got some quality sleep at night. Everybody was able to kick the sleep deprivation…..and grumpy feelings


  • The salt would have helped to dry the placenta and the lavender would have kept the odour down. I notice the baby is laying on one side.
    I have heard that often the cord is left attached to the baby until the blood stops pulsating along it before being clamped and cut.


  • I think expectant mothers should be given all options and then let them decide what suits them best.


  • I’ve never heard of this before but it does seem like a calming way to bring your baby into the world as long as there are no complications with the birth


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