Lotus birth is a practice of leaving the umbilical cord and placenta attached to the newborn until the cord falls off on its own.
Delayed umbilical cord clamping is an alternative to lotus birth, as it allows for the cord to remain attached for a few minutes after the baby’s arrival.
Lotus birth is a process that has been practiced for centuries in many cultures, as it is rooted in ancient medicinal practices of Asian and African cultures.
Lotus birth is becoming increasingly popular in the West as parents choose to delay cord clamping and keep the umbilical cord attached to the baby after birth.
Although lotus birth has been practiced for centuries, no quality research currently supports its alleged benefits for the baby.
Delayed cord clamping, or leaving the umbilical cord uncut for 1-3 minutes after the baby’s arrival, is now supported by many health organizations.
Like delayed cor clamping, lotus births are believed to improve immune function, increase iron, and reduce the risk of anemia and other common newborn ailments.
One of the most significant risks involves the umbilical cord and placenta, which remain attached to the baby until after delivery and can become colonized by bacteria and potentially become infected.
Although the practice of lotus birth is not generally accepted or taught by healthcare professionals, it has a rich history dating back centuries and is gaining popularity in some natural birthing circles.