hiya, i was thinking it would be really nice to use something other than the horrid big plastic clamps they use on the umbilical cord... has anyone used a piece of string or something like that? I have asked my MW to ask her colleagues, she seems pretty happy to use an alternative as long as it works ok...
I used stranded cotton for DS2's all 8 strands of three colours, plaited together then boiled and put in the freezer until I needed it - did 2 one pink , one blue!
I don't think it got tied tight enough so slipped off the next day, but it was all sealed up by then anyway so didn't need anything on and the stump fell off after 4 days, no smell and no scratchy clamp either.
You can also get a cotton tape made by ethicon which is about 1/4 inch wide that works according to the great Mary Cronk. I'll probably do it again for #4 , didn't for DD cos being a HBAC x 2 with a doula, a pool and homeopathy stunned my midwife enough without that!
Am intrigued as have never thought about this but there must be traditional/historical means of clamping the cord before the plastic clamps were invented. I searched and got this:
In nonseverance scenarios, also called lotus birth, the umbilical cord is wrapped up to within an inch of the newborn's belly, and the entire intact cord is allowed to dry like a sinew, which then falls off.
That is one option to investigate! Then I found this:
I didn't know the reason - which is why I asked you why string would be "nicer". I honestly though you might simply have had a whim. But your explanation makes sense. I didn't experience the clamp digging into my first LO's tummy, but it did fall off very quickly.
I hope you find some realistic suggestions that you like.
the stranded cotton sounds a nice idea. piglet, i kept both clamps from my dd and ds - was actually dissapointed that ds's was pretty clean when it came off as dd's had more stuff on it and a bit of dried up cord which i actually like having. i don't know if i should be