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#1 of 12 Old 04-14-2014, 09:41 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Hello Ladies, I was all over this forum the entire time I was pregnant (never posted). This place is invaluable for advice and information, and I am always touched by the amount of love here.

 

My firstborn, Soren Immanuel, was born after a beautiful pregnancy on 2/24/14.... and died shortly thereafter due to a 7" umbilical cord that snapped during the last moments of delivery.

 

It was the best day of my life, until it turned into the worst day. We were at a birth center, with my parents, sister, and best friend in the room.  It was such an amazing experience until it turned on us.  Anyway....if I do get pregnant again.....is there any possible way for them to specifically look at the umbilical cord during pregnancy? If we had known, it would have saved him. I want to have a natural labor and delivery again, but want to be able to know this part of things is okay and will make it through!

 

Anybody know about this?

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Hello Ladies, I was all over this forum the entire time I was pregnant (never posted). This place is invaluable for advice and information, and I am always touched by the amount of love here.

My firstborn, Soren Immanuel, was born after a beautiful pregnancy on 2/24/14.... and died shortly thereafter due to a 7" umbilical cord that snapped during the last moments of delivery.

It was the best day of my life, until it turned into the worst day. We were at a birth center, with my parents, sister, and best friend in the room.  It was such an amazing experience until it turned on us.  Anyway....if I do get pregnant again.....is there any possible way for them to specifically look at the umbilical cord during pregnancy? If we had known, it would have saved him. I want to have a natural labor and delivery again, but want to be able to know this part of things is okay and will make it through!

Anybody know about this?

I don't have an answer to your question, but I am so sorry for your loss.
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I'm so sorry. Yes, they can somewhat check via US. They can see cord pulsating and thus guess where and how long it is. They checked us before I was allowed to have her breech. Good luck!
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i also dont have any info but i want to tell you i am so sorry for your loss


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What a terrible thing for your family to go through. :Hug

 

I know they can at least somewhat see the umbilical cord, because they can tell if it has one or two arteries in it, but not sure if they can see it well enough to measure or guess at its length. Definitely something I would discuss with a doctor or midwife.


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I am so sorry for your loss.

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I don't think they can check length, just location, insertion into the placenta, no. of vessels, blood flow, if it's wrapped around stuff.
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Hello I'm sooo sorry for your loss. I lost Jackson at 37w due to a true cord knot. Knots are not detectable, only flow via ultrasound. A 7 inch cord length is very short and I do think they could have noticed this on ultrasound or could for following pregnancies. Have you asked if this is a genetic thing a mother can have? I was so scared going into another pregnancy knowing that cord knots weren't detectable and even if they saw one they couldn't do anything. I would suggest finding a sympathetic OB with extra ultrasounds for your next pregnancy. "History of stillbirth" is a diagnosis code your doctor can use to get health insurance to pay for extra ultrasounds NSTs etc
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Color doppler is something they use to check cord flow but IDK about length. I do know that short cord can be associated with other health issues for the baby. You can probably get a better answer if you discuss this with a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist. I remember your first post here and I'm so sorry for your loss.

I agree with J and J's mommy about finding a sympathetic practice. I went with the same midwife group I had for my pregnancy with my son after my daughter died. I believe I would benefited emotionally from a practice that typically dealt with more higher risk pregnancies. At the end of my pregnancy with my son, aside from two sympathetic midwives, I didn't feel people took my concerns seriously. I had a very bad experience with a midwife who yelled at me for coming in with concerns about decreased fetal movement because I hadn't called first. My son ended up being fine, but it was not what I needed at 37 week pregnant.
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I am so so sorry for your loss. I agree with the above, find a good practice that specializes in good monitoring; having a level 2 ultrasound (or two) could certainly help determine if there is an issue. I also agree that 7 inches is a very short cord and this they would likely be able to identify this.
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I knew of a friend whose first baby had a short cord. The ultrasound did not pick it up, but the fact that her baby was breech was a sure indication of something being wrong.

My friend had attempted external version to get the baby to turn head down and it did not happen. When labor commenced, he did not descend. My friend had a c/sec for breech presentation/failure to progress, and the cord was very short. That is apparently why the baby was breech and the external version did not work out. The baby did well. I find it sad that after all these years, a short cord cannot be detected through ultrasound scans or other means.
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So incredibly sorry for your loss! Following this thread to see if there's anything I can ask for with my current baby. My youngest had an 11 inch cord and imperforate anus. My next pregnancy was my loss, 13 weeks 5 days last year. Currently 13 and 3.

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