When the first stage of labor is nearing completion it is my custom to procure a common glass tumbler, in which 1/2,000 or 1/3,000 solution of bichlorid of mercury with sterile water is prepared, and into this several pieces of sterile gauze and three strong braided silk ligatures are placed. A pair of shears and a compression forceps are then put in a sterilizer or basin on the stove to boil.
The second stage of labor completed, I tie the cord at two points about six inches from the child's body, cut between and pass the child to the nurse to wash while I care for the mother.
When ready to dress the cord, the hands being sterile, I wash the child's abdomen and the cord with a piece of gauze taken from the bichlorid solution previously prepared, carefully cleansing the base of the cord and the omphalic folds.
BELT AL. THE UMBILICAL CORD.A METHOD OF DRESSING.. JAMA. 1906;XLVI(22):1696-1697. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510490042003