This is where a mother choses not to cut the umbilical cord following the birth, and instead, allows the cord to dry out and fall off naturally (as it would in the case of the small stump that is left when the cord has been severed). This means that both the cord and placenta will remain attached to the child until it falls away naturally.

For people who are not familiar with this idea, the initial reaction will be one of slight shock and perhaps some disgust as they immeadiately assume that it will involve nasty smells. This is simply not the case, and there are various methods which one can use in order to care for the cord following the birth.

Common practise, backed up by the portrayal of birth in the media, has lead many to assume that the umbilical cord must immediately be cut and tied off following the birth of a baby. It is interesting to note that the advice given to people who have given birth without medical assistance, and this is unplanned, that they should NOT cut the cord; the reason being, that it is very likely to introduce infection and that leaving the cord intact poses no risk to mother or baby (under most circumstances).

Further to this, the practise of cutting the cord after the birth of a baby is one of those things that is done by most doctors simply because "it's they way they have always done it" instead of being based on any kind of scientific study which showed it to be necessary.

The benefits of a Lotus Birth are very similar to those achieved through delaying the cutting of the cord - things such as the baby receiving it's full blood supply which is still retained in the placenta following the birth.

For more indepth information, the following resources are recommended:

Lotus Birth, A Ritual for our times by Sarah Buckley, MD

A Lotus Birth by Jenny Hatch

Lotus Birth Videos