I had heard of water births, home births, c–sections and standard hospital and epidural aided births, but not lotus births. Instead of cutting the umbilical cord after delivery, a lotus birth requires the child stay attached to the placenta until they naturally separate, which takes between three to 10 days.

Mothers tend to the placenta and often create special pouches for it, as it must stay close to the newborn during those postpartum days. As the placenta dries up, the infant's body prepares to relinquish the attachment, which can be a painful experience. Family doctor Sarah J Buckley of Australia chose to have lotus births for the last three of her own four children. She describes the experience:

Lotus birth has been, for us, an exquisite ritual which has enhanced the magic of the early post natal days. I notice an integrity and self–possession with my lotus–born children, and I believe that lovingness, cohesion, attunement to nature, trust, and respect for the natural order have all been imprinted on our family by our honoring of the placenta, the Tree of Life, through Lotus Birth.

Would you ever consider having a lotus birth?