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Cord Care without Surgical Spirits

Posted by Sarah Meder on Thursday, August 29, 2013, In : Post-Birth 
Surgical Spirits, or rubbing alcohol, is still routinely used in South Africa as the standard method of caring for the umbilical cord despite many other countries (such as the United Kingdom) discontinuing the practice due to certain problems it creates. In South Africa, mothers are advised to apply surgical spirits to the base of the cord with every nappy change but alternative practices exist.

The problems with alcohol use

Studies have shown that using Surgical Spirits to clean the umbilical ...
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Alternatives to Plastic Umbilical Cord Clamps

Posted by Sarah Meder on Thursday, August 29, 2013, In : Post-Birth 
Below is what the usual umbilical cord clamp used by most South African Hospitals. This kind of umbilical cord clamp is quite big, clunky and sometimes can cause discomfort for the baby if it gets caught on the edge of a nappy.



It's no wonder that parents are interested in alternatives to the standard cord clamp - and yes, there are options!

First some information about the Umbilical Cord itself...

Humans are the only mammals on earth which have the umbilical cord immediately clamped and cut fol...

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Natural C-section

Posted by Sarah Meder on Monday, November 12, 2012, In : Caesarean Section 
You may have longed and hoped for a natural birth, but fate had something else in store and an elective c-section has become the fabulous life-saving technology it was always intended to be! While you can be glad of this option to delivery your baby safely, you may mourn the loss of a powerful natural birth and some of the benefits it offers, such as immediate skin to skin and delayed cord clamping. How can you bring these special elements into an elective c-section?

Enter the Natural C-Sectio...
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Info on Umbilical Cord Clamping

Posted by Sarah Meder on Wednesday, October 21, 2009, In : Interventions 

According to this article:

"If a blood pressure gauge is placed on an unclamped umbilical cord, it will pick up pressure rises as high as 60 mm Hg with each uterine contraction. This indicates that these contractions are intimately involved in the transfer of placental blood through the cord. A striking pressure rise, which persists through the first few hours of life, is also evident in the baby's vena cava and right atrium of the heart. All studies on this indicate a sign...


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