Protocols For a Lotus Birth
Protocols for a Lotus Birth
- When the baby is born, leave the umbilical cord intact. If the cord is around the baby's neck, simply lift it over.
- Wait for the natural delivery of the placenta. Do not use oxytocin - this forces too much too soon into the infant and compromises the placenta delivery.
- When the placenta delivers, place it into a receiving bowl beside the mother.
- Wait for full transfusion of the umbilical blood into the baby before handling the placenta.
- Gently wash the placenta with warm water and pat dry.
- Place the placenta into a sieve or colander for 24hrs to allow drainage.
- Wrap the placenta in absorbent material, a nappy or cloth and put in into a placenta bag. The covering is changed daily or more often if seepage occurs. Alternatively, the placenta may be laid on a bed of sea salt (which is changed daily) and liberally covered with salt.
- The baby is held and fed as the mother wishes.
- The baby is clothed loosely.
- The baby can be bathed as usual - keep the placenta with it.
- Keep movement to a minimum.