i was going for natural childbirth with my daughter, even though we were in a hospital things were going really well (having 2 doulas and a pro-natural labor nurse helped of course). we needed a c-birth because i kept going in and out of transition, the baby never dropped below -3 yet i'd be nearly fully dilated and then go back down to 6cm, 4cm, confusing! turned out she has a *short* cord wrapped twice around her neck. i had no labor interventions, except at 26 hours *i* requested AROM to see if i could help the baby move downwards by getting on my hands and knees, or squatting and rocking. we went for "slow" AROM with careful positioning to avoid prolapse. the baby didn't move down any further.
total, i labored for 30 hours, and i have no idea if she was already wrapped up when i went into labor, or if something i did during labor caused her to wrap
i was moving around a LOT, getting comfy in any position i could, it didn't feel like she was twisting but who knows. her head was dipping down and dilating my cervix during contractions but then bouncing back up again. we are very, very, very lucky she didn't drop past -3, because that short cord could have become an issue, i believe.
another weird thing ... she started showing major signs of distress at 29 hours and my fluid began to show a LOT of meconium (that's when we rushed to surgery) ... yet when born, she didn't have a drop of it in her lungs! the dr. and my labor/surgical nurse both said they think the cord prevented her from swallowing meconium in utero. *shrug* i'm just really glad i had the chance to labor normally, but also had the option to go for the surgery when things went wrong so quickly. i still feel sad i didn't get the vaginal birth i wanted, and especially sad we didn't get to leave the cord attached as long as possible (which the hospital had agreed to, if it had been a normal birth).