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The indigenous practice of 'heating the placenta to revive a newborn infant' has been identified in various regions of India and in Bangladesh.1 In order to initiate a collective effort to investigate the practice in India along with dais (traditional midwives) and others, a group of persons got together for the first time at Bhopal on Thursday, 22nd March 2007

A Placenta Story—the beginnings of Jeeva

The baby, just born in the small hut and still connected to the placenta via the umbilical cord, lies lifeless, not moving, not breathing. The traditional midwife (dai) picks up the newborn, rubs it—with no result. She then calmly calls for burning embers and a tava, places the placenta onto the hot tava and slowly it starts to pulsate and crackle. Heat, the heat of life, surges through the umbilical cord into the baby. She starts to move, make small sounds—and breathe. This scenario, unknown to most doctors, NGOs and public health professionals, has been repeated for centuries, perhaps millennia, throughout the Indian subcontinent. It may not always work to revive a newborn in trouble, but often it does.

 

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Initiating a Collective Effort to Investigate 'Heating the Placenta to Revive a Distressed Newborn

The indigenous practice of 'heating the placenta to revive a newborn infant' has been identified in various regions of India and in Bangladesh.1 In order to initiate a collective effort to investigate the practice in India along with dais (traditional midwives) and others, a group of persons got together for the first time at Bhopal on Thursday, 22nd March 2007 (11 am to 7 pm). A larger number of persons had individually expressed their support for this effort.

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Gomtibai revives baby by Placental Stimulation

In 1978 when I lived in Hoshangabad District of Madhya Pradesh, once I was called at night to a birth being handled by Gomtibai, a very old and experienced dai of the basod1community. Gomtibai was now nearly blind, with a tiny bird-bone frame. But for generations in this kahar2 household all the babies had been born through her hands without mishap and the family had unshaken faith in her.

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