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Burning the umbilical cord - now with pictures!

Discussion in 'General Midwifery Discussions' started by _Josie, Mar 10, 2008.

  1. Midwifemissy

    Midwifemissy Love you Mum and Dad xx

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    I thought that too, still not sure it is something I would fancy.
  2. Jen

    Jen Guest

    lol my thoughts exactly canu. i wouldn't want to participate in this. just the thought of playing with fire so near to a newborn baby? and i believe our ancestors bit the cord, like animals, not burn it. so if daddy wants to chew it, it's okay by me ;)
    btw, thanks for the photo's, though it's clearly not my style, it's very cool to see how they did it :)
  3. _Josie

    _Josie Well-Known Member

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    My understanding is that in some birth rituals eions ago the cord was severed using fire, along the lines of fire earth air water etc, I agree re the biting of the cord - cant say I fancy that much, not for dads with dentures LOL.

    Im happy to go with the womens wishes and Id have done this if its what she had wanted (and if Id had training and knew what I was doing of course!) but Id have been petrified - like you say - babies and fire ....eek! Kudos to the midwife who practices this way she is one confident and cool lady. Ive been checking her site out (link on previous page) and shes's amazing :)
  4. Tay

    Tay Guest

    I'm doing some research for my own personal use in my own homesbirth, and I would love some information on burning the umbilical cord. Anything you can provide would be great. Mahalos
  5. MuklukMama

    MuklukMama New Member

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    Actually, it doesn't have a very strong odor. After my daughter had been attached to the placenta for about 2 hours we burnt the umbilical cord, something I had decided to do before her birth. If it smelled like anything it didn't bother me.
    It does pop and her's popped loudly and blew out one of the candles.
    My midwife, who studied under someone who specialized in chinese medicine told me that cord burning brings the chi out of the placenta and sends it into the baby. It also warms the baby, who may have cold hands, feet, etc.
    I also found that the stump dried a lot faster and fell off about 4 or 5 days after she was born, instead of the week or two that I heard other mothers waited for their cut cords to come off.
    I'm no expert or anything, but the positive aspects to cord burning seem abundant to me.
    Besides, saving the "Birthday Candles" for later in life seems charming and lovely.
  6. midwifegonnabe

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    Absolutely fascinating, thanks for sharing TP xx
  7. MissTMidwife2be

    MissTMidwife2be New Member

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    Wow this thread is so interesting to me, your read through it and it makes it sound like a beautiful and spiritual process. I had never heard of burning the cord before, keeping the candles sounds like a lovely idea. I actually still have the cord that dropped off my daughter in her baby book, some of my friends think that is disgusting. But I have kept everything I possibly can (Within reason) as my daughter has grown up. Its nice to have little keepsakes, and the candles would have been a great keep sake. Thanks for sharing this story with us TP

    xx
  8. _Josie

    _Josie Well-Known Member

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    I think its a wonderful way of seperatinh mum and babe.

    I know what you mean about keepsakes, I have every tooth, every lil love note they sent me :) I think it will be wonderful for them to look back on x
  9. MissTMidwife2be

    MissTMidwife2be New Member

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    I still have the letters I wrote Kyla when I was pregnant with her, I used to just sit on my bed at nite and write her a letter. So when she is older I will give them to her to keep. The pictures she does be are starting to build up tho, but I dont have the heart to throw them away
  10. iolaus

    iolaus RM and Head of Clinical Practice Staff Member

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    Have to say it seems to be the delay in the cord clamping that causes the cord to fall off earlier - delayed clamping nearly always seperates within 5-6 days IME (and according to the one lotus birth I've heard of her's seperated with 3-4days

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