Re: umbilical cord problem
|Originally posted by joyberryjoy
so what exactly did they not do that they should have done?
(considering an unassisted water birth)
On the phone, we reminded them to bring suficient equipment for the cord, (gauze, peg, tape, whatever) in view of the fact that we wished to cut the umbilical cord near the placenta, well away from the baby, (which may well feel the cut), and thus had a long, hanging cord for a week or so. This can lead to problems if the cord gets wet from pee.
The sticky tape used was pathetic, (probably ok for the normal "close cut belly button jobs", but for the longer "flying appendage", not sufficient.
I wish I had made sure that I had oberved more closely with the first, just what to do.
We live and learn.
Hope this helps