Attention pregnant women. There’s a new birth trend gaining popularity but doctors are warning that it may have serious health complications for babies.
I’m talking about decorative umbilical cord clamps. Knitted ones to be specific.
According to the Courier Mail, new mothers are electing to bring their own knitted umbilical cord ties with them to hospital rather than using the sterile plastic ones supplied. Those in favour of the trend say the DIY versions are more aesthetically pleasing as well as being more comfortable for the baby.
In case you’re not familiar, a cord clamp is used after the umbilical cord is cut at birth.
Parents leave the clamp on for a few days (up to a week) at which point it is removed and the stump naturally starts to separate and fall off.
The clamp used in hospitals is made of hard plastic and is around 3-4 cm long. DIY versions are knitted or crocheted and can be made in any colour or style.
Knitted and crocheted cord clamps are sold online. Image via Etsy.
Sydney midwife Matilda Durmish says that she has only seen a handful of the DIY versions.
"I did have a mum who came to hospital with one but I've heard it's something becoming more popular with ladies who choose a home birth. Apparently you can get them (the clamps) made and even personalised which, I suppose, is a nice keepsake but I would advise using the hospital issued ones for safety and maybe keep the pretty ones if you'd like.