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mom to all boys B: 08/01, C: 07/05 , N: 03/09 , M: 01/12 and far too many lost ones
Why not create a soft nest that baby could land on? If you're squatting over it or on hands/knees or even half reclining over it, it would probably be fine for the baby. My baby birthed head first, then after a pause, the rest of him came out. So even if I hadn't been able to catch him he would have been fine landing on the bed.
I was on my hands and knees, and the baby just fell out. That sounds scary, but really my crotch was so close to the ground (a soft foam pad) that the head made contact before the body was out, and then the body simply unfolded out in front of it.
There's an old Bradley video in which all the mothers are semi-reclining and no one catches the baby. The baby, again, just folds out onto the surface in front of the mother, and then she sits up and picks the baby up.
I didn't check for the cord before the body was out. My feeling is that it's not necessary and can actually have a negative effect. You can do a search for "pamamidwife" and "cord" as a quick way to find many discussions that have been on Mothering about it.
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