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Umbilical tape in sterile glass tubes, London, England, 1930-1960

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Each of these packets contains three sterile glass vials. Within them is a length of umbilical tape. The umbilical cord is the tube connecting the foetus to the placenta while it develops during pregnancy. The tape tied off the stump of the umbilical cord after birth. This prevented infection within the infant’s navel. It is an alternative to an umbilical clamp. It also helps prevent excessive bleeding after the cord is cut.

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Glossary: obstetrics

A branch of medicine dealing with the care of women. This care occurs during pregnancy, childbirth, and the period of recovery from childbirth.

Glossary: umbilical tape

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