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Have You Ever Heard of a Lotus Birth?

by | February 7, 2019

Lotus birth, AKA umbilical non-severance is the practice of leaving baby attached to the placenta until the umbilical cord dries out naturally and detaches itself from the belly button. This usually takes around three to ten days but can vary due to environmental conditions. A story on Today’s Parent about lotus births really peaked my interest.

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Have You Ever Heard of a Lotus Birth?

Some say the lotus birthing aids the baby with a gentle transition to life outside the womb. That it is meant to promote a quiet and respectful transfer of attachment that avoids the trauma of being cut from the mother.

Because of some of the risks involved with a lotus birth, it’s not very common to see them in a hospital setting. It’s more common to see in a home birth setting. You also have to carry around the placenta in a bowl or a container of some sort, along with the baby, until it detaches its self. I’m kind of curious to see how that would work with an infant car seat.

So please, please, PLEASE, if you’re considering a birth through lotus method, please consult with your birthing team. Make sure that you are educated and fully aware of all of the risks associated with a it.

Here is what a lotus birth involves.

When the baby is born, the umbilical cord is left untouched while the mother delivers the placenta naturally. When the cord stops pulsing, the placenta is rinsed with warm water and gently dried with an organic cloth and left to drain for 24 hours. Some people place the placenta in a container and cover it with rosemary powder or sea salt. The baby and the placenta is carefully monitored until the umbilical cord detaches.

Whether you’re interested in lotus birthing or not, it is a really cool thing to see. I found a bunch of pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #lotusbirth.



Have you, or anyone you know, had a lotus birth? Please tell us about it in the comments below.

Julie Nealon

Associate Editor, New York USA | Contactable via [email protected]

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