New Birth Trend Keeps Umbilical Cord and Placenta Attached to Baby For Days

We’re turning breast milk into jewelry and eating placentas so there isn’t much you could say about birth trends, traditions and choices that would surprise me and yet this one did.

It’s called the Lotus Birth.

You’ve heard of women not wanting to cut the cord until it stops pulsing? Well, Lotus Birth takes things a bit further. According to FOX News the trend calls for a mother to let the umbilical cord detach from her baby naturally, no cutting the cord at birth. And yes, in case you were wondering, that means lugging around the placenta, which the cord is attached to as well.

How long, you ask? Well, sometimes it can stay plugged into the baby’s tummy for up to 10 days although the cord usually dries and breaks off by the third day. But, you know, three days of cuddling your newborn and your placenta. As reported on FOX:

While the placenta remains attached, it’s kept in a nice cloth, and the cord is wrapped in silk or cotton ribbon. Babies are left on a safe surface or with a caregiver while the mother goes to the restroom. For cuddling and nursing, the placenta pillow is kept near the mother and baby.

Mary Ceallaigh, a Lotus Birth advocate and midwife educator, recently talked to the The Post about the benefits to the non-traditional practice. First and foremost, Ceallaigh says that leaving the cord attached “allows a complete transfer of placental/cord blood into the baby at a time when the baby needs that nourishment the most. Babies’ immune systems are going through huge changes at a very rapid rate when they’re first born. Not disrupting the baby’s blood volume at that time helps prevent future disease.”

So. Lotus Birth. There it is. Thoughts?

If you’re interested in reading more on the trend there is an entire website dedicated to Lotus Birth.

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