Parents to be wishing for a more natural birth have now taken ‘Lotus Births’ into consideration.
A lotus birth is where the baby is delivered, followed by the placenta…. still attached to the baby! The umbilical cord and placenta are kept together until they detach themselves, which can take from 2-3 days or even up to a whole week! Delayed cord clamping and detachment is now commonly known to have great benefits for the new born baby, and same goes for keeping that placenta attached too. All of the necessary stem cell blood from the placenta is absorbed to baby, taking as long as the natural process needs. It has also been noted that reported cases of jaundice is at an absolute minimum, And babies go on to have healthier immune systems.
After delivery access fluids are cleaned from the placenta organ, and is then kept in an open bowl or wrapped in cotton- air must be allowed to circulate the placenta to stop it from going moldy and putrid. Often salt or sweet smelling essential oils (such as lavender) are rubbed onto the organ, to help the placenta to dry out, and to mask any musky smells from the natural preservation process.
So, at first it may seem a very strange way to taking natural birthing to a whole new level, but many parents are now taking on this trend and embracing its amazing benefits. Something else to think about putting in your birth plan maybe….. Maybe!