Originally Posted by langdonslady
But at least from my experience, you can have the amniotic sac completely unbroken until the head delivers right into it (the bag bulged out first, yet still didn't break), but still have a nuchal hand.
that is what happened with dd2. i felt her hand tickling me right above my clitoris, but on the inside for a week or 2 prior to labor. my water broke on the last push(i pushed for about 1 1/2 hrs). her entire body came out in that one push, and i believe that she would have been born in the caul and that i wouldn't have torn if i had pushed her out slower. i was tired, and afraid that i wouldn't make it much longer. i had a small tear down( i uc'ed, so no stitches) my husband said it just looked like the skin tore, and also something happened to my labia, because i could feel it-both healed in a couple days though, so it couldn't have been that bad.
also, FWIW, my labor pattern was all over the place, no consistency at all. i almost went to the hospital when i my body started to push because i thought there was no was i could be complete. no break in ctx, no discernable transition. luckily a wonderful MW talked me down via VIOP! (i live overseas)