Attention Expecting Parents: New Warnings About Lotus Birth
A new trend is afoot with some new moms. Some parents are opting not to cut the umbilical cord after birth, or even the same day as their baby is born. Instead, they are leaving the placenta attached to the baby until it falls off its own. Parents who leave the placenta attached to their baby refer to this practice as Lotus Birth.
When parents opt for a Lotus Birth the placenta is usually placed in a container or wrapped in special cloth and carried around with the baby until it naturally falls off. This can take up to 10 days. Proponents believe the practice is more gentle and natural than the practice of cutting the cord shortly after birth. Now, there may be some benefits to leaving the placenta attached for a few minutes after birth until it stops pulsating. However, no research shows that leaving it attached any longer provides any benefits for the baby. Moreover, because the umbilical cord does not contain any nerve endings, cutting it does not hurt the baby.
In fact, doctors are warning against the practice of Lotus Birth because the decomposing placenta is a harbor for bacteria and could lead to infection in the newborn. If parents opt for a Lotus Birth despite this warning, doctors recommend monitoring the baby very closely for signs of infection. So, of course, consider all your options. But be sure you know all the risks involved before you decide on having a Lotus Birth.