Originally Posted by Fulhouse
I hate to even add to this thread but yes, of course a baby can die in later pregnancy, even with no labor yet, by the cord wrapping too tightly around her neck. This happened to my friend. She was not in labor yet at all.
And this is a weird thing but I watched the special of the poor kidnapped and raped Jaycee Lee Dugard, who was forced to deliver her babies in a filthy backyard (at age 14) and only the sick pedophile Phillip Garrido was there to help. Her first baby stopped coming after hours of labor. So the creep reached in and unhooked the cord which was wrapped around her neck, and labor recommenced. Who knows what would have happened if that sicko didn't for once do a good thing there?
I don't think the cord accidents , the fact that they do exist, mean people have to birth in a hospital. it's just not a good argument. A good doc or midwife at home could at least be as good as the sick creep Garrido.
Okay look, my baby died due a cord accident - 2 x nuchal cord. What she needed was a c-section. A single loop is completely different than a double loop. It's also important how close to the placenta or navel the wrap is - many of them are fine but if the tension is tight, it's a problem.
In my case we did a full pathology on the cord and the placenta. The deal is that it was so tight against the placenta, I was pushing against the cord in labour - there was stress on the cord at its base due to the vaginal delivery, after which my daughter died (4 days later). My daughter did not have enough oxygen because the cord was tight and bloodflow in the cord was restricted. Her heartrate stayed high, although its variability and when it recovered during a contraction were visible on the monitor. (The nurse, or rather "nurse" who was hell-bent on not letting one of 'her' patients have a c-section, decided it was tolerable until it was too late.)
By the way, we got her out BECAUSE the cord stretched - her heart had already stopped for some minutes - and even so the OB had to do a huge episiotomy...to cut the cord at her neck before the rest of her was birthed.
So sorry to kind of piggyback on your post but YES doctors can save babies from cord accidents - not all the time but they can. And for the love of God, I wish people would stop saying it can't happen when people like me have lost their kids to that issue.
It is exceedingly rare? Yes, it is. My next OB and I calculated the chances of all the various issues (cord, bad nurse, lots of people having c-sections that day) repeating being somewhere around 1:100,000 and the cord accident itself was a 1:1000 chance. However. It does happen.