The Lotus birth is a birth ritual, which is especially known in esoteric circles. In this case, the umbilical cord is not severed after birth, but remains connected with the mother cake with the child until both fall away together. Read here how a lotus birth exactly works and if it makes medical sense.
Lotus birth: what is it?
Many mistakenly think of the term lotus birth as a particular form of birth. However, this is a delivery without a cut-off: The umbilical cord is not disconnected after birth and cut through, but is left together with the placenta until it naturally falls off. The primatologist Jane Goodall observed this behavior in 1964 in chimpanzees. Apparently some primitive peoples also practice this ritual. The name Lotusgeburt goes back to the American Claire Lotus Bay. She did not leave her newborn in the 1970s - as apparently the first woman in the Western world - in the classic way abnabeln. In the following years, the lotus birth became popular in esoteric circles.
What happens with the lotus birth?
In the case of lotus birth, the umbilical cord is not punctured by the father as usual, as soon as the child is delivered. Instead, leave them with the placenta on the child. In the first few minutes after birth, the newborn will be kept lower than the placenta to aid in the flow of blood to the child. Then the midwife washes the cake and wraps it in a clean cloth. From the first day after birth, the placenta is rubbed in daily with a mixture of salt, herbs and essential oils. This form of preservation should accelerate the drying process and counteract odor formation or the bacterial decay process. For up to ten days, the placenta hangs from the slowly drying umbilical cord (and therefore at the child) and must be carefully transported with every movement of the child. There are even sewing instructions and placemat bags on the Internet designed to make it easier to carry around the nut cake with the child. As soon as the umbilical cord with the placenta has naturally fallen off, both are frequently buried in the garden by followers of the lotus birth.
Homebirth or Birth House is the appropriate place for women who desire a lotus birth. It is important that you are supported by an experienced midwife. In most latches, a lotus birth is not possible due to the infection protection.