"Within two days, the cord drained. It happened suddenly; it collapsed and turned brown in a few hours. Now, there was a less flexible “telephone wire” sticking out of the navel. It became more complicated taking care of the baby and her components. However, the feeling of fragility was only apparent. The navel and the cord were holding tightly to each other even though their relationship was obviously drying up."
(from Memoirs of a Singing Birth)