Birth of a lotus is a process by which the baby is brought to the world by vaginal route, like a normal natural birth, but in which the umbilical cord is not cut, but left to fall naturally, a process that can last between 5 and 10 days.
Considered by the followers of this trend a method by which the bringing of the child into the world is made "slow, peaceful and natural", the birth of Lotus has attracted many vehement criticisms, both among specialists and parents. Many specialists see in this process a useless, risky and even primitive and disgraceful measure of bringing a child into the world in an emancipated or modern society.
What is Lotus Birth?
The birth of Lotus has gained an impressive reputation among moms abroad after it was intensely publicized and promoted by the American midwife Mary Ceallaigh, an expert in this practice that she considers healthy for both mother and child.
It is similar to the natural birth, only that, unlike this, after the expulsion of the child, the umbilical cord does not cut, but remains attached to the child until it detaches itself.
The birth of Lotus can also be performed at home, in the intimate space, as it does not involve any kind of surgery. After the baby is expelled, the placenta, where the umbilical cord which ensures the transfer of nutrients to the baby, is stored in a bowl and kept near the baby. The process can take 5 to 10 days, during which time the baby is linked to the placenta via the umbilical cord, even if it is no longer in the mother's womb.
In the first 24 hours, the cord tends to thin and dry. Lotus birth supporters rely on the fact that drying it, as well as the placenta, would also offer a method of protection against germs, which tend to gather only in damp environments, which eliminates the risk of infections.
What are the benefits or benefits of lotus birth?
The followers of this practice of bringing the child into the world, in front of the midwife who promotes it intensely among the pregnant women, argue that the method of birth presents a lot of medical, but also emotional, benefits for both the mother and the baby. The one who seems to have the most benefit from the birth of Lotus is the baby. The separation of the newborn from the mother is made smoother, and the baby seems to adapt more easily to the extrauterine environment.
In the birth of lotus, the transfer of nutrients from the placenta to the child continues after its birth. It is considered one of the most important benefits, as placental blood contains important nourishing substances for the growth and development of the newborn. According to the specialists, the child receives between 40 and 60 ml of nutritious blood from the placenta, compared to the normal natural birth, where, once the cord is cut, it no longer receives any nutrients.
The nutrient rich blood supplement is essential for the development from the first days after birth, the period when the newborn no longer loses weight, as usual, but continues to grow and develop harmoniously. Due to the increased concentration of iron, placental blood supplementation seems to protect the child against the risk of anemia, a common condition among children of this age.
It seems that birth Lotus also contributes to the faster strengthening of the child's immune system, which is extremely vulnerable to infections in the first days after birth. There are also advantages of aesthetic nature, since the natural fall of the umbilical cord also helps in the formation of a slightly more attractive navel.
The benefits also appear to be emotional, as the birth of Lotus seems to favor the strengthening of the emotional bond between mother and child. It is considered that, after the birth of lotus, the baby and the mother remain in a kind of symbiosis, together forming a unitary system. In addition, parents who have experienced such an experience have said that the baby tends to be quieter and cry less.
What are the risks or dangers?
The birth of Lotus comes with a package and a series of risks or dangers, emphasized especially by modern neonatologists. Contrary to the advantage emphasized by the adepts of the procedure, according to which the child is protected from infections, the doctors believe that the risk of these disorders is higher in this type of birth.
The risk of infections is due to the placenta which, when stored in an external environment, is prone to contamination with pathogens. In addition, in contact with air, the tissue tends to swell and "die". Once the placenta is contaminated or in the process of rotting, there is a risk that the newborn will be infected by the placental blood that it receives through the remaining cord attached.
There is also the risk that the newborn will receive too much blood at once through the umbilical cord attached to the placenta, which can cause clots to form (block) the normal functioning of the internal organs.
Last but not least, doctors point out that parents should take into account that there is no scientific evidence to attest to the so-called promoted benefits of this type of birth. In order for the birth of Lotus to be completely risk-free, doctors recommend careful monitoring of the baby throughout the interval that has the umbilical cord attached.
The birth of Lotus is not a medical practice institutionalized in the Romanian medical system. There is no motherhood that can assist mothers who choose to give birth by this method, therefore, the only way to bring a child into the world through the Lotus method is at home, next to a midwife.
Do you know moms who chose to give birth to Lotus? Do you think it is a beneficial birth method for the baby or, on the contrary, do you think it exposes you to increased risks? Share your opinions, but also the stories you know about mothers who were born by this method, in the comment section below!
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