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Cord cutting or not to cut...

post #1 of 12
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My research has shown  there are different ways to 'tie' off and cut the cord, not tie the cord or I can choose not to cut it as well. I was wondering if any one has any info or opinion (be experience) on how they did it and why. Also the placenta, how do you keep it fresh for encapsulation and or smoothies. Thank you in advance.

post #2 of 12
I wasn't drawn towards a lotus birth- it is a very spiritual choice when people do it and...well, it just meant nothing for *me*. I chose delayed cord clamping/cutting for the health benefits. We waited about 45 minutes before tying a rubber band around the cord (we couldnt find the shoe strings we bought for the occassion wink1.gif ) and just tied then snipped.
post #3 of 12

My #1 reason for not doing a lotus birth is because I want the placenta to encapsulate. I was under the impression that you can't have the placenta sitting around at room temp until the cord falls off, if you want to encapsulate/consume. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong. My other reason was because I don't want to have to carry around the placenta attached to the baby...I know the cord will dry and fall off in as little as a couple days, but still.

 

We are going to delay cord clamping until it stops pulsing, and then will be using "cord tape" rather than a clamp. Nothing against a clamp really, my midwife just suggested the tape would be more comfortable than having plastic hanging there.

 

As for the placenta, I would put it in the freezer if you won't be able to encapsulate within a few days. Just put it in a ziplock bag. If you are doing smoothies, you should probably cut it up in pieces and then freeze those. If it will be encapsulated a few days after birth, I would just put it in the fridge.

post #4 of 12
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What did you use to cut the cord?

post #5 of 12

I just had a UC about a week ago. We waited until the cord was completely white and limp and clotted, about 30 mins after the placenta was born, and then just cut it without tying it off. If you wait for it to clot it won't bleed. We still put a cord band around it though to prevent any seeping after we cut it. The cord bands vs the big plastic clamp thing I had with the last two babies was great. Not so bulky and in the way. To cut it we just used sharp scissors that we boiled for 10 mins right before we used them.

post #6 of 12

We've always just purchased a new pair of scissors for each birth. This time, though they gave me some hospital scissors (for the bandages) while we were at the hospital with DS2. They're really sharp, so I will be saving them to use. 

 

I sterilize cotton cord before the birth and keep it wrapped. Dh ties the cord with the cotton and cuts it. We wait for it to be white and ready to cut, because I also save the placenta. 

 

I don't like cord clamps because they are so huge, I feel like they pull on the cord. But all my baby's cord stumps have dried and been off by day 5. 

post #7 of 12

Cool Mamas. I'm planning a UC as well, what is a "chord band"? What does it do?

 

I'm planning to have hubby rinse the placenta, cut it a little and freeze for smoothies. (Have you found any proper prep resources yet mama?) We've sterilized a new pair of scissors and have them in a clean zip lock ready for D day.

 

A lotus birth sounds AWESOME to me, but the thought of having my Texas parents here and adding that to our list of hippie practices is more than I want to deal with when I am holding the baby or my parents. Definitely hoping the smoothie plan helps with bleeding & pp depression as I've read. Good luck on your research!

post #8 of 12

This is what I used, and it worked great. I'll use it again http://www.midwiferysupplies.ca/products/sterifeed-cord-rings

You need a pair of forceps, or you could stretch it out with two pieces of thick thread, but I liked that it is so small and minimal, not in the way at all.  Similar in size to an orthodontic elastic.

post #9 of 12

Ok great, thanks! I'll order some.

post #10 of 12
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My #1 reason for not doing a lotus birth is because I want the placenta to encapsulate. I was under the impression that you can't have the placenta sitting around at room temp until the cord falls off, if you want to encapsulate/consume. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong. My other reason was because I don't want to have to carry around the placenta attached to the baby...I know the cord will dry and fall off in as little as a couple days, but still.

There is actually a way to do both, although it is kind of a pain, especially if you already don't want to carry the placenta around.

http://www.glorialemay.com/blog/?p=226

 

I am actually planning on lotus birthing. I am going to first wrap the placenta and cord separately and then swaddle them with DD so it is out of the way and only slightly bulkier than baby. I think lotus birth is such a beautiful gesture - the placenta has been baby's constant companion for the last nine months, and I really want her to decide when to let go of that... I also didn't have any issues with hemmorhage or postpartum depression last time, though. In fact, my hormones weren't too off at all. Fingers crossed that I won't have issues this time.

post #11 of 12

Oh wow, I really adore that perspective! Do you think doing the lotus birth contributed to the lack of symptoms for you perhaps? I have quite a moody history so I certainly want to do all that I can to keep the peace when baby arrives. 

post #12 of 12

IMHO, lotus birth does create a more peaceful environment for babies, which in turn creates a more peaceful environment for mama. Lotus birth does limit movement - you're probably not going to go out shopping with the placenta still attached - so it kind of forces you to "room-in" for at least a few days after baby is born, which can 1. give you time to bond with baby in a more intimate setting, and 2. give mama some time to heal by somewhat restricting movement.

 

Something that really helped us come to the decision was this thread:

 

http://babyandbump.momtastic.com/home-natural-birthing/865993-lotus-birth-support-thread.html

 

It includes general information about the practice, including benefits noticed by families who have done it, and links to resources and stories.

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