For those wondering what a lotus birth entails, it’s pretty simple: do not cut the umbilical cord of a newborn allowing it to continue to draw out nutrients from the placenta until the umbilical cord naturally detaches.
How long will the umbilical cord remain attached to the placenta? That depends on a number of factors not the least of which is preventing the placenta and umbilical cord from prematurely drying. On average the process takes a few days to complete, but has been known to last for ten days.
Where will the newly delivered mother and baby go during this time? The answer is quite simply put by the short phrase: “not far”. A lotus birth not only allows the newborn to continue to receive nutrients from the placenta, but also to benefit from increased time with the mother as simple matter of logistics.
It is believed that the additional days attached to the umbilical cord will promote a healthier disease free life in later years. Therein lies the rub: science has not validated any of the health claims. Admittedly, the trend is new so there hasn’t been occasion to back up any of the health benefits. Doctors do caution that lotus births can increase the risk of infection from the placenta if it is not properly looked after.