Navel gazing

If you are having a baby there are 5 things you may like to know about your baby’s cord.

  • at 40 weeks the cord is around the same length as your baby, approx 50cm.
  • the blood vessels in the cord grow longer than the cord, so the cord is a little bit curly in places.
  • you can ask for the cord to stop pulsating before it is clamped and cut.
  • your partner may like to cut the cord.
  • some mamas suckle their baby before the cord is cut.

Omphalos at Delphi, the navel of the earth.

The  umbilical is cord is your baby’s life line all the time he/she has been growing inside you, and when your baby is born the cord still gives your baby oxygen even whilst the lungs are starting to ” air breathe “. By not cutting the cord straight away your baby receives some more blood and oxygen and also the journey into the outside world is more gentle. This is nature taking its course, allowing oxygen to reach your baby from two sources for up to 5  minutes, or sometimes even longer.

As a midwife you can tell when the cord has finished ” beating ” by the fact you can visibly see the pulsating movement, and also the nature of the cord changes and it looks ” empty ” after a few minutes.

  • you can’t choose an ” outie ” or an ” innie “
  • some cultures prefer a round ” innie “, whilst others consider an oval, vertical belly button as more desirable .

Isn’t this interesting?

A plump and juicy baby will have a plump and juicy cord, whereas a skinny babe will have a skinnier cord appropriate to the size of the baby.The cord is long enough so that when the baby is born, he/she can be placed on the mama’s belly. Clever when you think about this.

A calm and gentle birth is what every mother dreams about. HypnoBirthing® can’t promise the perfect birth, no one can, but it does allow you to have the best birth for you.

Do send an e.mail or give me a ring to find out more about HypnoBirthing®. I would love to hear from you. Annie.


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