18 Feb '15, 12pm

'Lotus birth' advocates leave the umbilical cord attached to newborn babies

'Lotus birth' advocates leave the umbilical cord attached to newborn babies

A new trend in natural birthing methods strives to ease a baby's transition into the world by not detaching the cord and placenta immediately following birth. Unsurprisingly, reactions are mixed. There is a new trend in the world of natural birthing methods. Some mothers are opting for “lotus births,” where the umbilical cord is not cut immediately after birth. Instead, the baby remains attached until the placenta and cord dry up and fall off on their own, usually after 3 to 10 days. The cord detaches at the navel on its own. The placenta is stored in a cloth bag, often placed on a pillow for easier transportation, and the cord is wrapped in silk ribbon. Apparently the placenta is odorless for the first day and then has a “slightly musky smell” in the following days (unless you seal it up in an airtight container, in which case it smells bad). What are the benefits of a lo...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/family/lotus-birth-advocates-le...

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