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Old 12-30-2011, 12:46 PM   #1
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Umbilical Cord Rings

There was discussion recently about using cord rings to clamp the umbilical cord rather than the traditional hard plastic clamp- It got my interest, so on a whim, ordered some!

I think they will work great- no huge hard clamp poking into baby's belly, or being tweaked and possibly being uncomfortable for baby who is trying to bf!

Took 1 to my MW appt today (I go to a 3 MW/3 OB practice) and asked if they had ever used them- she had never heard of them! BUT- they are totally willing to use them- she said just bring it with me when I come to the hospital and remind them that is what I want to use instead! She said even if I end up needing to schedule a c/s (If my previa doesn't move in time) it is no problem using it.

It takes no special tools to use it-
http://www.preciousarrows.com/Umbili...ng_p/64008.htm

If anyone is interested, I ordered 10, but am only keeping 2, so I have extras- just PM me for just what it cost to me, plus shipping and PP fees to you (they cost me $1.45 ea including shipping to me)
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Old 12-30-2011, 03:15 PM   #2
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I REAAALLLYY want to use that instead of the huge cord thing. I'll have to ask my midwife if the hospital will allow it!
I super-de-duper HATE the clamps!
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Old 12-30-2011, 03:33 PM   #3
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Re: Umbilical Cord Rings

I was looking into them. The ones I saw required that the full circle be placed around cord, then break it to allow the actual stretchy/cord band to release and close around cord.. so they'd STILL need to cut the cord and use a traditional clamp further down the cord, and how then do you get the small circle around the big clamp to get it around the cord? Seems so complicated! I really like the idea though!

This has illustrations to better explain my point. First you have to "slide cord ring on umbilical cord" then "break ring, ligature will fall around cord".
http://inhishands.com/Cord-Band.4760
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Old 12-31-2011, 05:13 AM   #4
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Re: Umbilical Cord Rings

I'm not too worried about them using a big clamp at first- as long as the final clamp that is right up next to baby is the ring- that's what matters to me- I'm not left hassling with the big plastic one in the end.

really all that would be needed is 2 hemostats- which they typically clamp the cord with first anyway- clamp with hemostat, slide on cord ring, clamp with second hemostat above ring, take off first hemostat, and slide ring down to baby and apply- done! Then they can cut the cord short right above the ring.

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I was looking into them. The ones I saw required that the full circle be placed around cord, then break it to allow the actual stretchy/cord band to release and close around cord.. so they'd STILL need to cut the cord and use a traditional clamp further down the cord, and how then do you get the small circle around the big clamp to get it around the cord? Seems so complicated! I really like the idea though!

This has illustrations to better explain my point. First you have to "slide cord ring on umbilical cord" then "break ring, ligature will fall around cord".
http://inhishands.com/Cord-Band.4760
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Old 12-31-2011, 07:43 AM   #5
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I had the rings used when DS was born and it was awesome. He cord was so short, it fell off within a few days and it's simple to use. We had a homebirth and the midwife just did it without me even really noticing. We did allow the cord to quit pulsing though so I don't know if that made it easier for her to do them or not.
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I had the rings used when DS was born and it was awesome. He cord was so short, it fell off within a few days and it's simple to use. We had a homebirth and the midwife just did it without me even really noticing. We did allow the cord to quit pulsing though so I don't know if that made it easier for her to do them or not.

Our midwives used the ring for DD, was totally awesome and her cord came off within a few days as well
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Our midwives used the ring for DD, was totally awesome and her cord came off within a few days as well
I realised another reason I think I will like these rings much better-
Even though they remove the hard plastic clamp after a day or so, you are left with a place on the cord that is hard and flat where the clamp pinched it- and the edges of it I remember from DD, were actually sharp and scratched her tummy!

I have 3 rings left if anyone wants any!
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Re: Umbilical Cord Rings

You only need 1 right? Will it come with directions to give the Dr.?
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Old 12-31-2011, 10:59 AM   #9
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I'm interested in 2, I want to double check if they'll allow me to use those first
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Old 12-31-2011, 12:55 PM   #10
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Technically, you only need 1- I'm keeping 2, JIK 1 gets messed up :-)

They don't come with directions, but there are instructions and videos on the internet.
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