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Old 12-27-2002, 05:59 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I've heard of some alternatives to clamping the umbilical cord. On a hb yahoogroups I'm on a poster mentioned a special instrument that put a rubber band on the cord and it was much better than the clamp. I've heard shoelaces mentioned too.

What did you use and how did you use it? Thanks!
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We used a regular clamp after the cord had stopped pulsing.

I haven't heard of other types of clamps (except shoelaces or some other type of tie), but I've also read about lotus births where the cord is not clamped at all.
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That thing with a rubber band, is called a cord bander. It just seems so much nicer to have that little band on than a big clamp. The instrument just pops it right on. Some midwives carry them. I think you can order one from cascade, but they are not real cheap. You can also get cord tape, from places like cascade. We used the clamps twice and the last time we had a lotus birth.
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My MW uses a sterile string about the size of a shoelace. We tied it around the cord about an hour after birth. It was great because it didn't irritate DDs skin or get in the way while diapering. (It came in the birthkit)

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I'm custom ordering my birth kit from birthwithlove.com do you know what the sterile string is called? I'll see if they have it or the cord tape. Sounds so much better!
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Baby shoe-size shoe laces
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my family has always done the shoelaces. I had a home birth attended by a midwife and she brought a stainless steel "clamp" it kinda looked like a safty pin that was closed in the middle.
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Now I remember that my MW actually called it cord tape. It should come in your birthkit.
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My midwife used a cord bander. She said that she likes them much better than the clamps.
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We used a sterilized white baby shoe lace.
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My midwives used the cord bander it was really nice, so small and hardly noticably seems like it would be much more comfortable then a clamp.
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Thanks!

I'm seeing my midwife Thursday, so I will ask her if she has a cord bander. If not, I'll plan on using cord tape.

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I talked to my midwife Thursday.

She said they usually clamp the cord leaving it long. After awhile, they cut the cord shorter and use the cord tape.

Perfect!
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When you have nothing at all, bias tape will always do.

Sterilized of course.

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I have had two homebirths (one was a UC). With my first homebirth which was midwife attended we left the cord attached for about 2 1/2 hours then cut it. It did bleed a very tiny bit and my DD did cry for a few seconds.

With my UC, I bought some cord tape but DH threw it out not knowing it what it was. So we left the placenta attached for over twelve hours, which was basically overnight and then I cut the cord in the morning. No tears this time. If I have another baby I would probably just do a Lotus birth and let it fall off naturally.

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Lotus birth here.

AWESOME experience.

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We just used a regular plastic clamp after the cord pulsed out. I didn't have a homebirth, but a (freestanding) birth-center birth.
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Our midwife just had my mom pinch the end with her fingers and hold it there for about 15-20 mins. if I can remember correctly. If I had to be the one holding it, I would have asked for a shoestring but after a while the cord was sealed shut.

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I had a pair of the plastic clamps in my birth kit but the midwife had a tiny metal clamp, it looked like a barette to me. My dd cut the cord when it stopped pulsating, the placenta was already born by that point.
We'll do lotus next time
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