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How To Cut an Umbilical Cord


Updated July 02, 2014

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - OCTOBER 15: A nurse cuts the umbilical cord after a cesarean section delivery at the Malalai Maternity hospital on October 15, 2007 in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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Cutting the cord can be a joyous moment in a person's life. Being able to symbolically break the link from the internal womb world to extrauterine life.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 5 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Be sure the cord has stopped pulsing for most births.
  2. Ensure that there are two clamps on the cord.
  3. Hold the section of cord to be cut with a piece of gauze under it.
  4. Using sterile scissors cut between the two clamps.
  5. Dab excess blood.
  6. Place scissors away.


  1. The gauze keeps excess blood from splattering.
  2. Remind everyone that mom and baby can't feel the cord being cut.
  3. The cord is thicker and harder to cut, more like meat gristle. Don't be surprised.

What You Need

  • A newborn baby
  • Sterile scissors
  • Gauze
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