Melbourne Doula

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Umbilical Cord Ties

These umbilical cord ties are made from 100% cotton embroidery thread that is lovingly hand-dyed here in Victoria, inspired by the diversity of colour among the flowers, herbs and foliage of a cottage garden.
Hospitals are amenable to the use of ties as an alternative to the plastic clips

"Rosalie" Mini-mandala with centre bead, $7.50 (3.5 cm in diameter) BACK IN STOCK!

Umbilical cord ties are a lovely alternative to the plastic clips and can be used whenever delayed cord clamping is practiced, at homebirths or in hospital. (Even if there is a pressing reason why the cord must be clamped and cut immediately, you can always ask them to leave the cord an inch longer than usual; and tie with your cord tie and re-trim later).
Lotus birth is a gentle practice you may wish to consider; otherwise, we normally wait until after the placenta has been born before severing the cord. I believe third stage is safer when it is un-rushed and mother and baby are not separated, and prolonged skin-to-skin contact is facilitated. More on promoting safety in third stage here.

Read about the benefits of delayed cord clamping here.

Some people sever the cord with scissors, and sometimes at homebirths, the cord is severed using the flame from a burning candle.

It's easy to use a cotton umbilical cord tie. Simply wait until the cord is flat, white and empty of blood. Tie the tail of the cord tie around the cord and double knot. If you wish, you can tie another knot around the other side of the cord to make it extra secure.

Some people prefer to clamp the cord as usual with a plastic clamp and then tie the cord tie between the clamp and the baby, and re-trim, later on.

But what about sterilising the cord tie, you may ask? The fabric of the cord tie is just like the fabric of the baby's nappy or clothes. It should be clean, but does not need to be sterile, because the cord doesn't come in contact with the baby's blood stream or any open wound. However, if you still wish to sterilize it, boil the cord tie for 10 minutes in a little saucepan. (Don't forget to boil the fork or whatever you plan on using to lift out the cord tie, or there's not much point!) The lift the cord tie into a ziploc bag and keep it in the freezer until the day of the baby's birth.

The cord ties can be re-purposed to add a motif to a baby's top or jacket, hat or headband:

Cord tie and matching headband set, $15.00

At the moment, we have four designs to choose from:

Mini Mandala, Large Daisy and Small Daisy and Loveheart.

And we have the following colours to choose from:

~ ~ ~ Deep Greens and Blues ~ ~ ~ 


Cocoon small daisy


Peacock Small Daisy above and Large Daisy below

Peacock Mandala, left and Mabel Mandala, right.


Passionflower Large Daisy


Grasshopper Loveheart and Mandala


Sunshower Small Daisy, Mandala, Large Daisy and Little Daisy


Billabong Mandala

Tropic Sea

Tropic Sea Mini-mandala and Loveheart
Sweet Gum Mandala, Small Daisy and Loveheart
~ ~ ~ Pretty Pastels ~ ~ ~


Mabel Mandala, Large Daisy and Small Daisy


Dragonfly Mandala and Loveheart.


Larkspur Small Daisy and Mandala


Gerbera Small Daisy

Gerbera/Larkspur hybrid Lotus Flower, $10.00

Petunia Loveheart and Mini-mandala

Petunia Small Daisy


Fuschia Daisies and Loveheart

Indi Mandala

Dog Rose Daisy, Loveheart and Mini-mandala

Gerbera, Dragonfly and Fuschia Lovehearts

~ ~ ~ Purple Rain ~ ~ ~


Heliotrope Large Daisy
Peacock/Heliotrope Mandala and Heliotrope Mandala



Dahlia Mandala and Daisies


Wisteria Mandala

Comparing Dahlia, Heliotrope and Wisteria


Camellia Mini-mandala and Daisy

~ ~ ~ Earth Mother ~ ~ ~


Caterpillar Mandala

Hallston Small Daisy and Mini-mandala

Hallston Large Daisy and Rosalie Mandala
Rosella lovehearts. This is a good example of the subtle variations that can occur between batches with hand-dyed threads. The first batch had a more khaki green, in the second batch, you can see the green is brighter.

Pansy Mini-mandala and Loveheart

Rainbow Mandala - BACK IN STOCK!
Golden Gully

Golden Gully Mini-mandala and Daisies
Anouk Mandala

Tulip Mandala, Loveheart and Small Daisy
Snap Dragon
Snapdragon Mini-mandala and Daisy
I think the above is "Dog Rose" but not totally sure! Maybe it's Rosella? Photo by Lacey Barratt Photography.
A father prepares to tie this Fuschia loveheart cord tie. Exquisite photography by Belle Verdiglione
Heliotrope Mandala by Smitten Images

These hand-dyed, variegated cord ties above are $7.50 each.

To order, please email and provide your postal address.

Postage is $3.00 or, if you're ordering herbs etc as well, it's $8.00 for packages up to 500g gross, Australia-wide.

Please note that colours in the photos may appear different to the actual colours. Also, there are slight variations in different batches of the hand-dyed threads.

We also have cord ties available in a range of other colours (these are not made using the hand-dyed threads). These cord ties are just $5.00 each:

And of course, we can make cord ties to order. Just let us know what colours you like.


Siobhan Parker said...

My cord tie just arrived! I got the 'Rosalie' & it's absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much!! :)

Anonymous said...

The cord ties are loved by all the families I give them too.
I find the cord dries and separates much quicker than regular hospital plastic cord clamps.
I'm not sure if delayed cord clamping and tying also helps with this process but either way I love the ties too. Nicole, Midwife

Anonymous said...

I have 2 kids and used one of these ties on my second and his cord dropped off about a week earlier than my first. Unsure if just different babies or if it was actually the tie but I loved it! I love that it's soft and easily hidden under clothes rather than this awkward plastic clamps that caused red marks on baby's stomach from rubbing against.
Also they're super cute and more closer to nature in look and feel. Loved them and will definitely be getting more for next future babies. Mel

Anonymous said...

I purchased a few items last minute before our baby arrived. A cord tie, Birthing Bliss tea, a Post Natal Bliss peri care kit and calendula Soothing Salve and all these items have been lovingly used since Sid arrived almost 2 weeks ago... These products are so carefully crafted and prepared and were a perfect addition to our peaceful home birth. I highly recommend them and I will definitely purchase again for myself and for other birthing mamas. Kate.