We’ve reported on breast milk ice cream, eating placentas and DIY births, but Lotus Birth may be one of the more intense birth experiences we’ve come across. Otherwise known as umbilical nonseverance, Lotus Birth is the practice of leaving the umbilical cord and placenta attached to your baby after he is born. It’s well documented that waiting to cut your baby’s umbilical cord is a healthy practice, but Lotus Birth keeps it attached to a newborn, along with the placenta, until it falls off naturally (which takes much longer than the recommended 90 second cord clamping delay recommended by Dr. Alan Greene). A Lotus Birth calls for some major dedication on a mama’s part. We’re talking about carrying around not only your newborn, but his cord and placenta as well — and it can take up to 10 days to fall off on its own accord. The Lotus Birth trend is in the spotlight thanks to a recent story in the New York Post. In this article, Mary Ceallaigh, Lotus Birth advocate and midwife educator, discusses benefits of this process and offers some practical advice for parents willing to try it.
Lotus Birth is a relatively new practice. According to Love Natural Birth, the idea came about in 1974 after Claire Day became aware of the work of Jane Goodall observing chimpanzees. Day found out that chimps practice Lotus Birth, and she thought human beings might benefit from it too. According to Dr. Sarah J. Buckley MD, an expert on Lotus Birth, the benefits include:
- Honoring the placenta; your babies’ first source of nourishment.
- Better bonding — you’re literally attached to your child.
- Less risk of jaundice.
- A healthier baby immune system.
- Premature babies who have delayed cord clamping may have a reduced need for transfusion, less severe breathing problems and better oxygen levels.
via New York Post