Protocol for a Systematic Review of “Lotus Birthing Method: Friend or Foe”

Authors : Amrita A. Sivasanker; Neha Barari; Aastha Singh; Tushar Singh

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 8 - August

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Introduction: Lotus birth or umbilical non severance is practice of leaving the umbilical cord uncut with placenta and the baby are still connected until they separate naturally, that occurs typically up to 10 days after birth. In order to lessen odours, the placenta is frequently wrapped in cloth or a bag and may also be treated with salts, lavender oil, rosemary or other herbs. There is very less literature published on the lotus birth method. Newborn specialists might be at a loss when advising mothers who choose to have a lotus birth due to the lack of available literature. There is a need to better understand the consequences or benefits of this method. Purpose/objective:(a)To identify The effectiveness of lotus birthing method on health outcomes among neonates. (b) To assess its efficacy on neonatal clinical course like increase in hemoglobin levels, improved iron stores and favorable infant development. Methods: A systematic review on randomized control trails, reviews, and research articles will be conducted. Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta- analysis (PRISMA) will be adopted and literature search will be conducted in Pub Med-Medline, CINAHL, Science Direct and Pro-Quest. The search will include a period of 2013-2023. Studies will be included based on predetermined inclusive criteria. Results: A descriptive synthesis of the findings of the selected studies will be carried out which will be presented in narrative summary with statistical findings incorporated. Conclusion: Pediatricians might not be familiar with how to handle this situation because this birth practice is typically not seen in standard obstetric care, which results in inconsistent messaging to families and care teams. Lotus births are uncommon events, and there is little academic literature on the subject, so it's critical to keep gathering evidences that will educate healthcare professionals who look after newborns.

Keywords : Lotus birth, umbilical non-severance, Health safety, Newborn baby, placenta, women.


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