The process of cutting the cord

Everyone knows about the moment daddy is asked to join in the birth of the baby by cutting the cord, but what exactly is that thing? We look into the process of cutting the cord.

What is the cord?

Cord is commonly known as the blood that stays in the umbilical cord of the baby after the birth. Many health experts and doctors have found that the cord blood is fully packed source of stem cells, which can also be used in many kinds of medical healings.  In simple words, umbilical cord is a gateway between the growing embryo or unborn infant and the placenta.

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The umbilical cord is genetically and physiologically a part of fetus, in the process of parent development. Generally, cord blood is completely useless for the baby but the course known as cord blood banking allows moms to keep their child cord-blood for probable future health assistance.

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What to know before cutting the cord

The first and most essential thing is to educate yourself about the process of cutting the cord while preparing for the birth procedure. Immediate cord cutting might not be beneficial for your baby because some new studies have discovered that the process of immediate cord cutting can reduce the red blood cells in your baby.

The best way you can follow is to consult the midwife or doctor about any recommendations for cutting the umbilical cord of your baby. They will know the best advice to give you.

Process of cutting the cord

For cutting the cord, the process of clamping starts as early as one minute after the birth. Clamping is done in order to cut the cord, and it is completely painless because of the absence of nerves in the cord.

The cord is thick and extremely tough and sharp instruments are required to cut it. You will find many clamps of umbilical cord which combine the cord with the blade. Right after the cord is cut, the plastic clip is put on the navel area of newborn until the compressed part of cord is has dried and sealed. The remaining part of umbilical stub stays for about 10 days and nights as it dries and then will fall out.

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