Hi all! I was just lurking and thought I'd hrow my 2 cents in! I had a CNM assisted homebirth (water) in May. I had a remarkably perfect PG no sickness, no swelling, no elevated BP, nothing! I had a drug free labor and delivery and wasn't really convinced I was having the baby until I became "pushy" and DD came 2.5 hrs later. My MW is VERY hands off and I'm very laid back. She doesn't perform checks unless requested (I had none) and doesn't do any manipulation of the baby's head/shoulders or traction on the cord. This was my first birth. When my MW arrived I was already "pushy" I had my hand inside myself feeling things the whole time and my MW never checked me. (in fact I caught my own baby!) I felt the bag of waters break in my hand at one point. Later I felt the baby move alll the way down and then suddenly "suck" way back in (not like the gentle rocking backand forth between contractions as previous) and then on my next push i felt a second pop. I assumed it was a second bag of waters. My DD was born 15 minutes later and the cord had broken/torn prior to her crowning (in retrospect it was the second pop) She was pink and alert, but only had 3 inches of cord on her and I had none hanging from me. After delivering the placenta we measured and my cord was just under 12 inches. My Mw did track fetal heart tones throughout the labor and all was well. If it hadn' broken DD wouldn't have gotten out. Everything was otherwise normal and healthy with the placenta and the cord was normal thickness and texture. So, I HAVE heard of it happening
I am certain that if I had a medicalized (unfortunately typical) birh at the hospital I would have had a very traumatic birth experience. i know that having a natural and calm birth gave me the edge in this instance. And I am sure there were angels with us! My MW calls my Olivia her "Miracle Baby"
FYI: DD had no hemoraging and is a super strong and healthy baby! I had no hemoraging and a small tear