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15Cutting The Cord

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While some men view it as a priceless opportunity, others have no desire to do it whatsoever.

Cutting the umbilical cord after the baby is born has become a tradition for dads everywhere. It is important to decide before heading to the hospital if the dad wants to cut the cord or not, otherwise the doctor will just do it.

Either way, it is one of the first

real things a father will get to do with and for his newborn. Men who choose to cut the umbilical cord are often surprised how it feels to cut the cord. Some describe it as “tough,” “like the inner tube of a bicycle tire” or like a “bungee cord.” A lot of dads love it because it helps them feel like they contributed to the birthing process—even if they get fluids splattered all over them.

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