Parents have been opting out of using hospital cord clamps after childbirth, instead, supplying their own knitted ties.
Brisbane obstetrician, Gino Pecoraro, spoke with The Courier Mail warning new parents of the serious health risks involved:
“My concern with a crocheted or knitted wool device is the potential for infection as they can easily get wet as they become covered in faeces and urine. The plastic ones are sterile, have stood the test of time and are easy to apply. It may well be that a clamp made of something more pliable like a siliconized rubber which would be easier for the mums to look after and that can be explored”
Some midwives have argued that they are yet to see any cases of infection.
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