I would like to do an unassisted home birth with #2, but I can't find info on what to do with the umbilical cord after the placenta is delivered.
All I can find online is to call 911, or go to the hospital.
I'd like to avoid those options.
So, besides a lotus birth, what else can be done with the umbilical cord after the placenta is out?
I'm not against lotus birth, I just want to explore all of my options before deciding
This story has this lady's experience with unassisted cord cutting. I hope it helps you out.
SAHM to DS BuggaBoo 12/07, and DD Doozer 03/10. Sharing life with The Hubby since 01/05.
For our UC's, we wait until the cord stops pulsating. When it's clearly done we clamp it with clamps we either ordered in our birth kit or DH brought home in an OB kit, and we cut it.
Me (27) DH (30)...9 Years
DD (7) ~ DD (4) ~ DS (3)
Babies in Heaven... 9/04 2/05 3/11 4/11 6/11 11/11 2/12 (along with my tube )
You don't need anything special. Wait until the cord is limp and white like a spaghetti noodle and no longer pulsing and purple. You don't need special things to cut or tie it with. I like to use gauze from the first aid kit because it's very strong. I cut it lengthwise so I have 1/2 of a five-inch-long strip or so. Use regular kitchen scissors, just run them through the dishwasher first. If they are already clean, you can just wipe them with some rubbing alcohol. You don't need special scissors. I don't like to use the plastic clamps for the umbilical cord because they are huge and bulky and it can't be comfy for baby to have that against his new, soft little tummy, so I love the gauze. You do not need to tie it with anything at all. It just helps to keep tiny bits of blood from leaking out onto baby's clothes after cutting. Cut it as long as you want, but at least one inch from the navel. My daughter's was about 1.5 inches long. I cut my son's about 6 inches long. You can also burn it with a candle to cut it by holding it over the flame. Keep it several inches from baby and you don't need to tie it first if you burn it.