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Cord cutting

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

I am wondering what you ladies are planning to do (or have done in the past) when it comes to cutting the umbilical cord?

 

I am definitely going to wait and cut the cord after pulsation has completely stopped, even longer if I feel it.  DP wants to cut it with a knife of his that is ALWAYS on his person and will be with him for the rest of his life.  I was all for it until I watched this video.....

 

 

Which is amazing and beautiful and you should all watch it (if you're into that sort of thing).  But they do a cord burning!  Looks beautiful.  I looked into it and found some interesting things about it, including that this process usually results in the cord falling off within 3 days!  (http://www.cordburning.com/faq.html)

 

Don't know if it's something DP will be into, but it's something to think about!

 

Anyhow, what are all of you doing for cord cutting?  Anyone going to eat or encapsulate their placentas? 

post #2 of 16

I'm having a c section so I don't even think DH will be about to cut his cord BUT everyone is prepared for us to keep the placenta and the sweet lady that's doing ton encapsulate it will be picking it up within a few short hours after birth, June 12th :) and I am very much looking forward to it!!

 

I didn't get a chance to watch your video yet but I'm sure it's amazing!!
 

post #3 of 16

I plan on asking them to wait to cut the cord until it stops pulsing.  It's in my birth plan.  My hospital has a birth plan they give you where you just check off boxes.  It doesn't mention waiting to cut the cord so I had to write it in.  It's the only thing I had to add so we will make sure to talk about it with the midwife or dr.  It's very important to me.  Neither DW nor I have a strong urge to cut the cord so we will probably let the midwife or dr do it.

I wasn't planning on saving the placenta.  Encapsulating it sounds like a good idea but I hadn't planned on doing it.  I would plant it under a tree or something, but we rent and I would rather plant it somewhere we will be living for a long time so we can always think of it.

post #4 of 16

I was main stream with my first and just let the docs do whatever. They didn't wait that long to cut his cord. Maybe 2 minutes? With my second, I was in another country and had very little say over anything. So, they immediately cut the cord though I would have wanted to wait a bit. With my third, I cut her cord after like 10-15 minutes or so? The placenta was already out and it was no longer pulsating. 

post #5 of 16

The hospital we are delivering at is transitioning to more "evidence based" care, which means that it's now hospital policy to delay cord cutting until it stops pulsating (unless there is an emergency where they need to take baby).  My MW still suggested writing it in our birth plan, since it's always better to be cautious (and it's a newer policy), so that's what I did.  I don't remember exactly what happened with my first, I was pretty exhausted and out of it by the time I was able to push him out - I think that they would have waited, but he was having trouble breathing, so they cut the cord relatively quick and coded for him.  But I do remember them putting him right on my chest and giving a minute to see if he responded, but it wasn't happening quick enough.  (He did end up being totally fine). 

 

That's a beautiful video and the cord burning looks pretty cool.  They did say that we could take the placenta if we wanted too....and it seems like it could be a neat thing to have it to plant or even encapsulate....but we aren't really "there" yet.  I probably wouldn't do it myself, and my family would be grossed out, and paying for it isn't really an option right now. 

 

If we do have another baby, I am totally going all out and having a home birth and keeping the placenta though orngbiggrin.gif

post #6 of 16
PockyAC, you could save the placenta in the freezer and plant it when you find something more permanent? Just an option for you guys smile.gif I'm encapsulating mine to help with breast milk production as well as warding off PPD smile.gif
post #7 of 16

I've never seen a cord burning, VERY interesting.  Our tradition is cutting with special cord scissors. Boring I know but these scissors happen to be the same ones that cut my cord as an infant so it means alot to me. love.gif

 

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PockyAC, you could save the placenta in the freezer and plant it when you find something more permanent?

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We've stuck placentas in gallon ziplocks until spring time and we could plant a tree or something by it.  I would totally recommend  freezing it, even if you're not prepared for what to do with it, for now it will preserve it and you'll have it when you need it.

You might not think about it now but later you might regret if you dispose of it.

post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
I am so glad to hear about more women birthing in hospitals being able to bring home their placentas! I feel like it wasn't that long ago that you would really have to fight for that.

Pokey- you can definitely freeze your placenta for later use! I think it's wonderful you'll be bringing it home.

Bumkins- I absolutely adore that you use th same scissors that cut your cord!! Wow, I think that is incredibly special.

DP says no on the cord burning, mainly because he really wants to use his knife. This knife is super special to him and it's from WWII, he told me last night it would be spiritual for him to use it. I let him decide since its the one thing I'm willing to not be in charge of during the birth. I figure by cord cutting time I won't care what's going on past Baby's body next to mine.
post #9 of 16

Our hospital  (I'm NOT birthing there) is very strict about  bringing home your placenta. You have to sign big wavers to take it and their common handling policy is that being  'human tissue' they have to soak it in formaldehyde. angry.gif Yuck. I hope you ladies don't have to deal with that.

 

 

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This knife is super special to him and it's from WWII, he told me last night it would be spiritual for him to use it. I let him decide since its the one thing I'm willing to not be in charge of during the birth. I figure by cord cutting time I won't care what's going on past Baby's body next to mine.

That's great! As long as it's something special that you will remember it's the right thing for your family. love.gif

 

Plus, you absolutely nailed it, I hardly even think about them cutting the cord, usually it's my hubby with one of the kiddos. Once I've got eyes for baby...that's all that matters.

post #10 of 16
We are having a home birth and will be burning the cord. DD was born at home, but she fell on the floor and her cord broke, so anything is better than that!
post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 

LittleBlackBug- she fell on the floor! ?!??  I couldn't help but to laugh when reading that.  Hopefully she was okay and it's just a great story now!  I would love to hear more about your cord burning experience after your LO is earthside.  I think it's such a beautiful ritual and would love to be a part of one some day.

post #12 of 16
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LittleBlackBug- she fell on the floor! ?!??

 

I too was wondering about this. confused.gif  Sounds like a fast labor to me.

post #13 of 16

That is one of the most beautiful birth videos I have ever seen!

post #14 of 16
I agree that it's probably one of the best birth videos I've seen!!

Yes, DDs birth was quick, 1.5 hours. Our midwife didn't make it and I didn't know how far things were until I felt baby's head out. The next contraction she shot out like a rocket onto the floor. Thankfully she was just fine!
post #15 of 16

we're doing a home birth and cord burning. I was first introduced to this in Bali where the midwives will often burn the cord as opposed to cut it because it a) is more sanitary to do so in conditions where you can't guarentee the sterility of the instruments being used and b) There is a belief that cutting is an act of violence where as burning has a natural and gradual element to it as it takes 10-15 minutes to complete and thus the belief that the separation between mother and child is more gentle.

 

I am having a mother blessing (as opposed to a shower) and during the blessing, each of my friends is going to light a candle and give a blessing for my birth. Each candle will light the next one and eventually will light a big candle for me to light during my labor to remind me of all the women thinking of me at that time (they also will light their candles once alerted that I am going into labor). I then am going to use flame from that candle, with all the blessings attached to it,  to burn the cord. It just seemed really appropriate :)

 

We are going to encapsulate. The local natural pharmacy here does it for $150 (which is very reasonable compared to some price tags I've seen)

post #16 of 16
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Yes, DDs birth was quick, 1.5 hours. Our midwife didn't make it and I didn't know how far things were until I felt baby's head out. The next contraction she shot out like a rocket onto the floor. Thankfully she was just fine!

clap.gif Wow mama! You rock!   Glad she was fine thumb.gif

 

I too had a fast labor (too fast for the midwifes) he had his cord wrapped around his neck twice even but all was fine in the end and he was nursing by the time they got their, just a little surprising to have an unplanned unassisted huh?!

 

 

 

Nattery, that sounds like the most peaceful cord separating I can imagine. Beautiful idea!love.gif

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