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Thursday, December 20, 2007

What's in my Hand?

Who knows what I am holding? Hint-it's not a breast or nipple, lol.


pearly1979 said...

umbilical cord

Courtney said...

No idea....but YUCK

Mom to 2 Angels said...

an extra finger?

Permission to Mother said...

Pearly1979 is correct. This is an umbilical cord of a newborn tied off with a shoelace. (The shoelace is bloody.) The yellow blanket just covers the attachment to the of the cord to the abdomen.

The baby was born at an unassited birth and brought to me at 12 hours old for a check up, all as planned.

I snapped the photo because it is so rare for me (and everyone) to see the transulcent stump of an umbilical cord. They are usually dyed purple before we can appreciate what the cord look like and clamped with yellow plastic clamps at the hospital.

The shoelace and natural color of the cord is just another reminder for me that there are more than one way to do things besides the routine way the hospital.

Mom to 2 Angels said...

Wow , I was way off...

catalina said...

How cute .. in a weird way .. but so natural ... :]

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