Originally Posted by HappyMonkey
The baby does get oxygen until the cord stops pulsing, so it's fine for the baby not to breath right away. My midwives also said they knew he was just fine.. it did look alarming though. It sounds like to me you were in a similar situation. And I wonder if it really was 5 minutes... or just felt like it?
Thanks - ours sounds like a similar situation. Other than my MW chose to intervene much more than yours. I wonder if baby really needed as much suctioning as she got...hum. As far as the time goes, yes, I do think it was pretty close to 5 minutes. It was long enough for me to get quite cold in the water - I remember suggesting we all get out of the pool, worried that the baby was cold.
Originally Posted by katelove
Some babies are a bit "stunned" for want of a better word by the birth process. IME it often ( but not always) happens when they are born very quickly.
One of the things that I am just remembering thanks to your post is that baby was very active in the birth canal. It was the craziest feeling because she would move as I was pushing her down - woa! In retrospect, I think that is one of the reasons I was worried about her when she came out -- because knew she had been alert just a bit before, yk?
It wasn't a quick birth - a nice average length for a 2nd birth I think -- about 6 hours of active labor + about 4 or early labor. Pretty typical, no?
Originally Posted by crunchy_mommy
I still don't really understand why this happened. I don't know much about his birth because I was in a traumatic state (labor/birth process was really triggering for me, past abuse issues) but DH also says he was born sunny-side up but the cord wasn't wrapped around him or anything. Having him so still and quiet at birth was really traumatic for me as well, I thought he was dead and no one bothered to assure me otherwise.
I don't know if this kind of thing happens often but it hasn't happened to anyone I know.
HUGS, mama!! It is such a powerful thing, ha? I am so grateful for my MW and how she handled the situation because I can see how easily it could have felt much worse. My baby was born in the caul and I've wondered if that could have had anything to do with it.
Did your baby cry and cry after? It was crazy that after her being so still I was totally fine with the crying. I remember my MW and my other birth guests were kind of stressed by the crying and I was like, "It's the best sound in the world to me right now." :-)
Originally Posted by starrlamia
It really depends on the situation, I would speak to your midwife and ask if she can provide an explanation.
Yes, that is the obvious solution. I wonder if you thought I hadn't thought of that. ;-) My lovely MW is going through a tough time right now (think of the worst possible professional problem a CPM in the US can have and you're probably right on track for what sort of issue she's facing) I'm sure she would be happy to go over this with me but I want to give her some space right now.
Originally Posted by Peony
DS1 was born rather purple and not breathing right away. He was a UC and I knew he was fine. I just held him and stimulated him by rubbing his back. He started breathing and very slowly started pinking up some.
I wondered about this birth in terms of UC. I'm totally not a UCer - my gut tells me that birth pain exists to bring the community around a laboring woman. That said, I often wonder if I would have ever evolved in such a way that I started to consider UC. This birth kind of reminded me that I'm OK with needing to count on a professional at birth. OTOH, I never for a second considered wishing I was in the hospital - even in the darkest moment. Certainly the act of holding the baby to your chest is far gentler than what my baby experienced with the MW. Interesting to think about...
Originally Posted by kathrineg
The cord doesn't necessarily keep giving the baby oxygen, it depends on how long the placenta stays attached and there are no guarantees.
At my hospital birth a pediatric team took my son immediately, suctioned fluids out of him and rubbed him in a warmer. They gave him back to me for skin to skin a few minutes later, once it was obvious that he was okay. My placenta came out almost immediately after he did and wouldn't have provided any oxygen even if he had still been attached to it.
My gut tells me that the MW knew the cord was giving blood - pulsing as was suggested earlier. It would have SUCKED if I had passed the placenta right then - WAY more than I could have handled right at that moment. What a bummer, mama!! For me, I was happy to have been there so close. Even if the cord wasn't providing anything I was happy to know it was connecting me and the baby still. I think I would have been very upset if they had taken her. I think that would have worried me so much. OTOH, I can see how cutting the cord and taking her to the light and a good work table has its benefits. Suctioning a baby in a birth pool, while she's still attached to mama is hard work for everyone!!