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‘Lotus Births’ Are On The Rise, And Here’s Everything You Should Know About Them

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When it comes to the decisions that women and mothers make about their baby’s birth, it is ultimately up to them. Of course, they are the ones giving birth to it and they had the baby inside them for about 40 weeks. Many women have the option to give birth in a tub in the comfort of their own home, although it is advised to not free-birth at home.

As long as the baby is safe then that’s all that matters at the end of the day. In addition, that mother made sure to make the right choices with their birthing choices. A new trend that is gaining insight from many mothers is lotus birth. A lotus birth is not cutting the umbilical cord after birth.

In this situation, the baby stays attached to the entire placenta until the cord falls off on its own. In regards to how long it takes for the cord to fall off, it could take up to a week. This can be a pain as you need to keep a hold of the baby’s placenta everywhere the baby needs to go. Many keep the placenta in a bowl or pot.

Below is shown how the placenta is placed within a pot. Obviously, this is an option for people out there who are interested, but it’s uncertain why people would choose this over cutting the umbilical cord. It is a little odd and unappealing. 

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People who do this believe it’s a natural way of dealing with the afterbirth. When referring to a lotus birth, it calls attention to the notion of reflection. You are watching the natural order, and experiencing nature. 

This tactic just seems very demanding. The whole idea of having a baby, in general, is hard work. Having to change their diaper, having to carry a lot of stuff around when you’re on the go. Do mothers really need more stress? 

The intimate bonding that results from being physically attached to a baby for extra time after birth is a benefit. In addition, there is the oxygen, iron, and stem cells the baby could not get on because the cord was cut too soon.


Lotus births, although on the rise they also raise a red flag. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists examined the process declaring that there is a risk of infection in the placenta making its way to the baby.

The whole idea is a bit confusing as information displays both risks and benefits. Some other benefits of lotus birthing are that your baby gets all of the placental blood, which provides a place of sanctuary, permitting new parents and their baby to adapt.

Many people are more open minded to these types of things, while others are old fashioned. For someone who is big on spiritual rituals and natural ways of being or doing, then they may consider this birthing choice. 

Some may find it strange, and even crazy, but Lotus births are inevitably on the rise. According to Mail Online, five percent of mothers have practiced lotus birth.

It’s also been known that leaving the umbilical cord creates the perfect belly button, where the navel area is healed nicely. Versus when you cut the umbilical cord it takes about two weeks to heal. 

One of the major benefits that have been reported of this natural trend is that it permits a complete transfer of placental blood to the baby at a time when the baby needs that nutrition the most. 

The main concept behind the lotus birth is that the mother and baby gain the goodness from having all the time placed on maintaining a connection, rather than the idea of who’s going to cut the cord.

One of the concerns for people considering lotus birth is that the placenta will contain an odor. If the placenta has air traveling around it like through a cloth, there’s no odor for the first day. There’s only a bit of a smell the second and third day. 

Where did the lotus birth originate? The idea of lotus births emerged in 1974 in the U.S. and Australia. The positive spin on the lotus birth is that it is a beautiful example of a natural childbirth, and welcomes many to establish the third stage of birth.

In regards to additional information regarding the origins of the lotus birth, Claire Day became mindful of the research with Jane Goodall examining chimpanzees. She discovered that chimps partook in Lotus Birth, and she had this idea that humans could benefit from it as well. The expert on the lotus birth is Dr. Sarah J. Buckley.

When you are considering this type of birthing choice, it inevitably places a lot of external work on the mother and the father. So it is advised you do your research and consider long and hard if this is the type of thing you would consider doing. 

Overall, you’re going to do what satisfies you the most. And as mentioned, what’s most important is that your baby is happy and healthy. So looking into the pros and cons of this natural birthing technique is important for a mother and her baby. 


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