The process of labor is certainly a very valuable process for the mother and baby. Therefore, of course a mother will prepare her child as well as possible, including choosing the right and good delivery method for the baby. Lately, a trend has emerged for a new method of giving birth in society called the lotus or lotus birth method. But, actually what is a lotus birth and is labor with this method safe for both mother and baby?
What is a lotus birth?
Lotus birth is a method of labor where after the baby is born, the baby's umbilical cord is intentionally not cut to maintain the connection of the placenta to the baby. This umbilical cord is left to detach itself naturally from the baby's navel. The time can vary, but ranges from three to ten days, depending on the humidity of the air.
The practice of lotus birth itself is rarely done in hospitals. Usually, you can do labor with this method in a maternity home or clinic. After birth, usually the placenta will be placed in a clean container and given spices or oil from flowers every 24 hours to prevent the placenta from smelling and so the placenta dries quickly.
When bathing the baby, the placenta is also cleaned and then dried. Taking care of babies born with this method may pose a challenge, because if you want to move your baby, then you have to move the placenta too.
Why do many mothers choose the lotus birth?
The lotus birth method applies the natural concept, which believes that the placenta has been part of the baby for 9 months. If these organs are cut suddenly like in normal labor, this will cause stress to the baby. Therefore, by letting the umbilical cord detach itself, the mother has allowed her baby to be born into the world naturally and adapt slowly to the outside world.
In addition, the mother can also give the baby the opportunity to take full advantage of the benefits of the placenta.
What are the benefits and risks of lotus birth?
Research in recent years has indeed shown that delaying cutting the umbilical cord can benefit babies, especially for premature babies. Delaying cutting the umbilical cord for three minutes can give the baby more nutrition, especially iron, thereby reducing the risk of anemia.
However, leaving the umbilical cord longer attached to the baby does not provide any benefit, because after birth, the placenta that has come out of the mother's body has no function.
Some experts also state that leaving the umbilical cord apart by itself does not pose a risk to the baby. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) states that leaving the umbilical cord for some time after the baby is born can increase the risk of infection in the placenta, which can spread to the baby through the umbilical cord.
The placenta is basically susceptible to infection because it contains blood. After the birth process, the circulation in the placenta stops, and it can be said that the placenta is just dead tissue. In addition, transfer of blood that is too long from the placenta to the baby will also increase the risk of yellow in infants due to high levels of bilirubin.
So, is it necessary to give birth to a lotus birth?
Although lotus birth is believed to have a good effect on babies, there are no scientific studies that can prove this. In addition, this method is actually not taught in modern medical practices.
But, again, the choice is yours. Lotus birth is believed to have its own benefits, but make sure you know for certain the consequences and risks of this method. If you are in doubt, consult your doctor to discuss whether this method is safe for the condition of your pregnancy now.