Cutting the umbilical cord


Where to cut the umbilical cord?

  • The 1st clamp is placed 10 inches from the belly button.
  • The 2nd clamp is placed 7 inches from the belly button.
  • Cut the umbilical cord between the clamps.

Your midwife cuts the umbilical cord, but if she agrees you or your partner could cut the cord. When the cord is cut it leaves a stump on your baby’s belly button about 1 – 1.5 inches long.

Many parents wonder whether cutting the umbilical cord hurts the baby or the mother? It does not, because there are no nerves in the cord, so cutting it isn’t painful for you or the baby.

The theory of delayed cord clamping explains you the right time to cut the umbilical cord.

There are a number of clamps available, all with slightly varying designs, but the two main clamps that tend to be used are the gated eye and un-gated eye styles. They are usually made from a sturdy plastic and look very similar to crocodile clips. The clamps have two arms that are joined at one end with a flexible hinge, known as the eye, and each arm has teeth that are designed to clamp down on the cord and hold it closed. The two arms can then be locked into place with the interlocking components at the opposite end of the hinge.

The gated eye clamps have a small piece of plastic between the start of the teeth and the eye hinge, this is to prevent the cord slipping into the rounded eye section if the clamp has not been attached correctly, or has become dislodged.The un-gated eye clamps do not have this piece of plastic and it has been known for this design of clamp to not be fitted correctly; so it is always important to check this – the cord should be central and firmly caught in the teeth of the clamp.