Lotus Birth or Delayed Cord Clamping | Benefits & Complications
The main aim of lotus birth is to retain the integrity for the benefit of infant’s overall development and growth also.
Lotus birth includes leaving the umbilical cord attached to the placenta before it gets severed and it takes around 4 to 48 hours of time duration, this is called short-term lotus birth.
Now, long-term lotus birth includes the time duration of around 3 to 10 days. It allows the cord to natural fall off from the belly button of the mother on its own.
Idea is to keep the placenta connected to the baby so that optimal benefits can be achieved properly by the baby.
Benefits Of Lotus Birth
Following are the benefits of lotus birth:-
- Transfer of blood
It ensures the blood transfer as the placenta is placed at the same level as the baby. Due to this, 80-100 ml of blood can easily contribute to the development of brain within a year.
- Emotional health
It is observed that a calmer demeanor is more in lotus babies in comparison to other newborns before the detachment of the cord.
- Creating a bond
Lotus birth gives an opportunity for babies to take time to grow accustomed with the new environment and also build a new and strong bond with parents outside.
- Naval healing
Lotus birth allows the cord (when dries fully) to fall off on its own which does not have a risk for infection and leaving the belly button neat and clean.
Delayed Cord Clamping
Delayed cord clamping is the delaying or elongation of the time period between the delivery of newborn and clamping of the umbilical cord.
It is customary to cut the cord immediately after the birth of a newborn. The World Health Organisation suggests that delayed cord clamping is safe until and unless babies don’t require breathing assistance.
Delayed Cord Clamping Benefits
Delayed cord clamping benefits are as follows:-
- Benefits Related To Neurodevelopment
Extra minutes of attachment of umbilical cord to the placenta may lead to the development of brain or neurodevelopment of the child after a few years.
- Decreased Risk Of Anemia
Breast milk lacks iron concentration. Infants require iron for rapid growth and development so it has been found that DCC increases the iron endowment at birth. It increases the hemoglobin concentration also.
- Increment In Blood Volume
Around one-third of the blood volume resides in the placenta which is required to suffuse the fetal lungs, kidneys, and liver at birth.
Lotus birth babies whose cords are clamped have adequate iron stores and it helps in increment of blood platelets too.
Lotus Birth Complications
Lotus birth complications are mainly associated with the possibility of infection. As placenta has lots of protein and biological compounds after birth, it attracts bacteria the most and cause an increased risk of infection to the baby.
It has a large gateway for infection as compared to non-lotus births.
Lotus Birth Placenta Care
Lotus birth placenta care can be done in the following manner:-
- Just after the baby is born, leave the cord (umbilical cord) intact.
- Be patient for the natural delivery of placenta instead of using oxytocin.
- After the delivery of the placenta, keep it into a receiving bowl beside the mother only.
Wait till the umbilical cord fully transfused into the baby before handling the placenta.
- Gently wash the placenta with warm water and let it dry and then place it into a sieve for 24 hours to drain.
- Wrap the placenta in a nappy or cloth and then keep it into a placenta bag.
- After all this, the baby is held and fed.
- The baby is clothed loosely and baby can be bathed also with the placenta attached to it.
- Keep your movement to the minimum extent.
Lotus Birth Pros And Cons
Pros are the benefits already discussed above. Research on lotus birth is still not done in a very enhanced manner so it is not clear and firm that the practice of lotus birth is fully safe.
There are a lot of other aspects which require deep research to treat the placenta in the right way and avoid risks while waiting for it to get detached.
Once the placenta is out of the womb, blood stops flowing into it. This makes the placenta a dead tissue and makes it prone to infection.
Lotus birth has some pros and cons but lately, it is discovered that some more research should be done to get 100% assured results.