Lotus birth is the practice of leaving the umbilical cord uncut, so that the baby remains attached to his or her placenta until the cord naturally separates at the umbilicus—exactly as a cut cord does—at 3 to 10 days after birth. This prolonged contact can be seen as a time of transition, allowing the baby to slowly and gently let go of his or her attachment to the mother’s body.
About Author: Sarah J. Buckley
Sarah J. Buckley is a trained general practitioner, mother of four homeborn children and writer on pregnancy, birth and parenting. She lives with her family in Brisbane, Australia.
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