i absolutely hate cord clamps. it (along with suctioning and hats) is one of my pet peeves. i cannot believe mw's use them. i used string with both of my births, but at the birth center i work at we use bands with a bander. it is so easy- we clamp the cord with a yucky plastic clamp, but we leave it long- maybe 6-12 inches?? this way we can clamp the cord when mom/baby are ready but we dont have to really bother them to do it. when we do the newborn exam we trim it up with a bander.
the banders are kind of expensive though, and if i was in solo practice i would probably just use a kelly. you slip the band maybe 3/4 way down the kelly, and then clamp the cord with it, and use another kelly to grab the band and slide it over the cord. almost as easy as the bander, really.
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