There’s a new trend in natural births and it involves keeping baby’s umbilical cord and placenta intact until they sever themselves. Midwife educator Mary Ceallaigh extolled the benefits of Lotus Birth or umbilical non severance in a recent New York Post story, but it’s unclear whether such prolonged attachment can take hold. For starters, mothers who choose this path will have to carry their baby along with its umbilical cord and placenta for as long as it takes for these life support systems to shrivel up on their own – up to ten days in some cases! More details after the jump.