Warning over 'lotus births' after baby's sepsis death

It involves leaving the umbilical cord and placenta attached in the belief that it eases the baby's 'transition' into the world

The dangers of 'lotus birthing' — keeping a newborn's umbilical cord attached until the placenta falls away naturally — have been highlighted by death of a 60-hour-old baby in Victoria.

A newborn lies beside a placenta

The trend of lotus birthing is based on the belief that babies can receive extra nutrients by remaining connected with the placenta after birth.