A few days ago, captivating images emerged on the internet, capturing a mother engaging in a heartwarming act in the Red Sea, Egypt. The photographs depicted a Russian woman tenderly providing care to her beloved baby amidst the ocean’s embrace. However, the father has since come forward to clarify that they solely immerse their child in the sea a few days after birth. This revelation has sparked considerable attention and discussion across various social media platforms.
The parents, a Russian mother and Serbian father, made a unique decision to immerse their newborn daughter in the ocean, with the placenta and umbilical cord still attached—a practice known as “Lotus Labor or Birth.” Followers of this approach believe that it offers numerous health benefits for the baby. Lotus birthing involves leaving the placenta and umbilical cord attached until the cord naturally detaches, which typically occurs within 3 to 10 days. However, it is important to note that there is currently no scientific research to substantiate these claims. This method contrasts with the conventional practice of clamping the cord shortly after birth to halt circulation and eventually severing the cord to separate the baby from the placenta.
The captivating images were captured in Dahab, a city located in northeastern Egypt, by a group of tourists who happened to be present at the time. Startled by the sight, the photographers quickly seized the opportunity to document the father’s act of taking his daughter into the water, accompanied by a doctor who was attending to the baby.
In the images, the mother is visibly present throughout the entire process, accompanying the procedure. The photographs also capture the poignant moment when the family reunites on the beach, undoubtedly evoking strong emotions for them.
The doctor who intervened in the process is a specialist in water births. It has been disclosed that the woman gave birth at her residence, specifically in a pool specially designed for this purpose. However, it’s important to note that the event took place inside her house several days prior to the release of the images.
The birth took place in October 2014, but the images gained widespread attention on social networks just recently. The viral surge was triggered by a Facebook post from Egyptian athlete Hadia Hosny El Said, who claimed that the pictures depicted a woman giving birth in the ocean.
Once the misunderstanding was resolved, the publication was deleted. However, the images had already been shared over 2,000 times, sparking a flurry of comments. Many were astonished by the mesmerizing beauty captured in the photographs.