Lotus birth: an uncommon birth practice with possible neonatal complications
Lotus birth, also known as umbilical cord non-severance, is the uncommon birth practice of leaving the placenta attached to the umbilical cord following delivery. This article reports the case of a baby with a non-severed umbilical cord who was admitted to the neonatal unit with possible neonatal sepsis. The practice of Lotus birth is reviewed to inform healthcare practitioners and raise awareness of its potential risks in the neonatal period.
Locum Neonatal Consultant, City Hospital Birmingham, Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust
Yousef A. Lotus birth: an uncommon birth practice with possible neonatal complications. Infant 2023; 19(4): 139-40.
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