Muka Tie- Plain twist (flax tie for umbilical cord)

Muka Tie- Plain twist (flax tie for umbilical cord)

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Muka pito ties (Flax/harakeke umbilical cord ties) are a beautiful sustainable alternative to plastic cord clamps. The harakeke offers natural anti-septic properties and has been worked to a soft tactile fiber similar to heavy linen thread. The softness of the muka means it does catch and rub the way the plastic clamps can. Through my observation babies pito (umbilical cord) tend to dry and come off faster when using muka.

These muka ties are soft and pliable twist style. Muka offers a sustainable, bio-degradable and beautiful way to safely tie your baby's pito following birth.


I like to soak the muka tie in boiling water when the birth doesn't look like its too far away (be careful to place this in a safe place so no one accidentally burns themselves!! This softens and expands the fibers which means as it dries it will make the tie/knots even tighter.

Many midwives are familiar with tying muka and show you how to do it or help you with it. If not, it is very straight forward- I like to tie about 1.5-2cm away from the baby, starting by going around the cord twice, tie a square knot, go around the cord again and tie another square knot on the opposite side. These knots must be TIGHT. If they are done correctly then there is no need for any other clamping.

The following day please check the cord and go around again with the muka and tie another square knot as the cord can shrink a little as it dries. Beyond this the cord will have closed off its vessels and have started its natural drying period.

Cord can take 3-10 days to dry and fall off. During this time simply keep clean with warm water as needed and pat dry. Remeber to tuck the muka and pito OUTSIDE of the nappy so it can avoid urine and air dry.

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