What is Lotus Birth?
Lotus birth is a birthing process wherein the baby is delivered with the placenta and umbilical cord en toto. The baby, placenta, and umbilical cord are kept together until the umbilical cord eventually dries up and falls off. The cord detaches itself naturally from the baby’s navel after three to 10 days.
Lotus birth is similar to delayed cord clamping (DCC), where the umbilical cord is not clamped or cut immediately after birth. However, in DCC, it only takes one to three minutes for the process to conclude.
In the process of lotus birth, the placenta is kept attached to the newborn. During this time, the placenta will continue to deliver blood to the baby until it runs dry.
In a lotus birth, the placenta is left to dry. It is rubbed with salt and herbs like rosemary and thyme to mask the odor and to quicken the drying process.