Umbilical Cord Burning
I practice delayed cord cutting. The baby leaves 1/3 of its blood in the placenta which needs to then be pumped into the baby after birth. After all of the blood has transferred out of the placenta to the baby you have the option of how you will sever the umbilical cord. I offer umbilical cord burning as an option. We have access to sterile scissors and clean environments so we have a choice on how the umbilical cord is severed. In third world countries where tetanus is a concern, cord burning is a safe alternative to unsterile scissors. Some families in the U.S. choose cord burning as a gentle ritual. It allows for two people in the family to be involved in the burning and is a sweet moment for the family. Cutting the cord is like cutting hair, it doesn't hurt the baby but they always cry when it gets cut. They sense the separation. Babies don't seem to cry as much when the cord is burned off rather than cut. Another advantage is no plastic clip tied to the end of the cord. I have a cord burning box and candles if you desire.
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