Someone I know just had a c-section because (as I got the story second-hand) the cord was wrapped around the baby's neck twice and the heartrate was low (don't know how low). I know nothing more about the situation than that at this point (baby's position, how long pushing, etc.), but I'm wondering if these are legitimate reasons for c-section, taken by themselves, given normal labor length, normal cord length and the like. I think I've seen even hospital births on TV (Baby Story, etc.) where the baby comes out with the cord wrapped around the neck and the birth attendant just tells the mom to stop pushing for a minute while they move the cord. This was someone who wanted a home birth but couldn't afford it (insurance would only pay hospital), and is admittedly intimidated by doctors and doesn't like to make waves. Not that anything can be done about it now, but I'm curious whether this was one of those situations where a hospital environment caused a c-section rather than simply allowed it. She had only been at the hospital for a few hours when this happened. I'm sad for her, but of course happy for a healthy baby. I'm sure to be asked for my opinion at some point, and am thinking I'll just have to prevaricate and/or bite my tongue in order to not cause or exacerbate hurt feelings.
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2/18/04 at 9:21pm