Lotus birth

In the birth of the lotus, the umbilical cord (with the placenta) is left on the child until it falls off by itself. Read more about it!

Lotus birth

The Lotus birth is a birth ritual, which is especially known in esoteric circles. 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 unknot: 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 chimpanzees in 1964. 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, especially in esoteric circles.

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What happens with the lotus birth?

In the case of lotus birth, the umbilical cord is not cut through 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 is 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 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 on the slowly drying umbilical cord (and therefore on the child) and must be carefully transported with each movement of the child. There are even sewing guides and placemat offers on the internet to help carry around the suckling cake with the child. As soon as the umbilical cord with the placenta has naturally fallen off, both are often buried in the garden by followers of the lotus birth.

A home birth 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.

Lotus birth: Are there any health risks?

According to the advocates, the lotus birth does not pose any health risks for mother and child. The following should know pregnant women who are considering this ritual:

  • With every movement of the child (winding, breastfeeding, washing, etc.) a pulling on the navel must be avoided at all costs (danger of injury!).
  • Due to the slowly decaying placenta there is a risk of infection. If there are signs of infection in the child, you must go to the doctor immediately!
  • No stem cell sampling from the umbilical cord possible.
  • After the auspulsing of the umbilical cord no nutrient exchange takes place: The baby must be breastfed and fed normally after the lotus birth.

Lotus Birth: Are there any benefits?

Lotus birth supporters say that the natural decay of the umbilical cord is less traumatic than the usual incision. It also promotes the deep bond between mother and child and makes it easier for the child to enter life. According to some women who have opted for a lotus birth, the children are more relaxed and calmer.

Happy medical arguments in favor of a lotus birth are:

  • less blood loss
  • better iron and oxygen supply
  • no nutrient loss
  • Strengthening the immune system
  • easier weight gain
  • lower yellowing risk
  • higher IQ
  • better fine motor skills

However, none of these alleged advantages is scientifically proven.

Lotus birth vs. Early Abnabeln: What does science say?

After the umbilical cord vibrates, the blood and nutrient exchange between the placenta and the child ends. The well-known medical benefits of the lotus birth thus only affect the first few minutes after birth and are only arguments for a late Abnabeln and not for the day-long connectedness of the child with the slowly dehydrating cake.

Unlike the birth of a lotus, there are recent studies on late kidnapping of newborns. Here, the results actually indicate that late disconnection of the umbilical cord has a positive effect on the child's health.Studies show that the blood contained in the cake is functioning like a so-called autologous blood transfusion: It increases the amount of red blood cells in the child and protects the iron stores. Due to this natural blood reservoir, the blood volume of late-term neonates is about one-third higher than that of children who have given birth immediately. On the IQ of preschool children, late abnaling was reported to have no effect. Slightly better results, however, apparently resulted in social behavior and fine motor skills. Whether this is actually due to the better iron supply shortly after birth remains to be considered.

Waiting a little longer to cut the umbilical cord seems reasonable, and is especially advisable for mothers with anemia or in developing countries, where fetal anemia (anemia in the fetus) is more common. Late pre-nipping lowers the cerebral hemorrhage rate by up to 50 percent in premature babies.

According to the German guideline for the care of healthy, mature newborns in the maternity clinic, a newborn should be abegged one minute to one and a half minutes after birth. However, the experts also point to the possible alternative of waiting for the umbilical cord to vibrate and keeping the child below the placenta for about half a minute to ease the flow of blood to the baby and avoid backflow to the placenta.

Lotus birth - sense or nonsense?

What happens to the placenta after birth is up to each mother. From a medical point of view, the health risks of a lotus birth seem low. However, there are no scientific studies that support the advocates' positive effect of Lotus birth occupy. Having a slow-drying, cured placenta for more than a week with you and your child is a lack of any medical basis.


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