What are the chances of this not being caught earlier on? What are the risks involved? Husband is worried about homebirthing now after hearing this story.
Please, offer any advice you have. I really want a homebirth but this frightens us!!
My guess is the baby was in distress long before crowning, they did a section and that is where the cord was seen around the neck... voila, section saves the baby's life. A baby crowning with its cord around the neck would be untangled from it and born (or if extremely tight, it is cut and born). It wouldn't be shoved back up and born by section.
My advice is to ask prospective midwives about this if it is your biggest fear. And get used to hearing every story in the world that includes the following, "Thank God our baby was born in the hospital because XXX happened and it would've died at home!" Just nod your head a lot and then ask why they feel compelled to scare you, LOL.
My baby was born wrapped in his cord...yet there was nothing wrong with his heart rate etc: Three times around his neck, and twice around his left leg. Wrapped. I had my cord twice around my neck, and still a vaginal birth...
The only thing I can say about my cord wrapped baby is that his birth took quite awhile. My midwife said it takes the cord awhile to stretch....but it will if you wait. I don't know if this is true...but again...it's yet another reason to attend to a birth, not manage one.
Have your dh read about what happens in hospitals...and talk with midwives about this particular or any fear.
Fears should not be a motivating factor in where you have your baby.
I think that most babies have cords around their neck, in fact I've heard it helps protect the cord from compression.
i had a doctor who upon reading my birth records said 'oh a nuchal cord, good thing you had the cesarean' my god i could have smacked him.
i think people think of it like a rope instead of the stretchy thing it is.
Mother to Sandrel(oct 2003) and Liesl(mar 2006) and someone new coming February 2013
One had the cord wrapped three times, Three had the cord wrapped twice, and the rest had it once. I have never had any problems with this, the cord has always been long enough to fully birth the baby and delay cord clamping.
A cord around the neck is nothing to get worried about. In most cases there is simply a long cord and it will cause no problems. If you are homebirthing, you have two cord clamps, just incase, and if the cord is so tight that the baby is blue and won't move further out, clamp it twice and cut between the clamps. Any midwife knows how to do this, and it is very easy. If you are UCing, it is still easy. Just don't forget to clamp it TWICE and cut between; otherwise you or baby will bleed out.
they are placed there for the amusement of those who like to point them out.
THANK YOU so much for sharing your stories!! People have been treating me as if I'm a "bad" mother for wanting to homebirth. My family has been supportive, but other people think I'm nuts. It's so great to have a place to have my questions answered by supportive, encouraging, and experienced women. I just wish I'd found this board earlier in my pregnancy!
I will share this thread with my husband. Thank you so much.
Don't let this deter you from a homebirth, you probably have better chances of a better outcome if there is a cord problem at home than at the hospital!!!
Labors are generally slower with a cord around the neck and hospitals don't like long labors. They interfer and cause distress. Then they are creditited with fixing the problems that they created.
So ime, cord around the neck is safer at home than at the hospital.
Rachel , wifey to best friend Karl ,
SAHM to Kaelan (11) Chandra (9) Liam (7) Lachlan (5) Killian (4),Riordan (1), Baby Boy EDD 11/14. All born at home!
I have often thought about how if I had had a section someone would have said, "Oh, the c-section probably saved her life!" because of the nuchal cord and cord knot. I did have a very long labor.
grateful mother to DD, 1/04, and DS, 2/08
. I am convinced that she would have not done as well in a hospital- because she would have been taken from me and layed in a cold plastic box for "monitoring"
It was scary. i will not lie. i feel that it would have been scarier to me in a hospital with a bunch of people freaking out. my mw simply suctioned her while i held her and then we rubbed her body a bit and it was fine. she is perfect. i would never birth in a hospital again.
homebirth is the way to go,
polease discuss your concerns with your mw. that is what she is there for.
Anything tight around the neck of a breathing human can cut off oxygen. However, babies in utero are not BREATHING.
We are totally equating our own extrauterine experience with what babies could be feeling. Nothing is farther from the truth.
The vessels in the cord have a protective caseing called Wharton's Jelly. Unless there are serious issues with the mother's health (or with baby), this Wharton's Jelly is a gelatinous substance that provides ample cushion to babies during compression, either before labor or during.
Nature has already created a plan for those busy little babies...early in pregnancy, really active babies create more pull on their cords. The cords naturally lengthen to accomodate these busy ones.
It's really quite a perfect design system. Low heart tones during pushing are often very normal - in fact, you'll see dips during the contractions because of head compression.
The only time cord wraps - around the legs, arms, trunk or neck - cause issues is when the cord is so super short that it impedes actual descent. This is not as common as people think. If your baby has a cord long enough that it allows them to be on your low abdomen after birth, it was long enough for them to be birthed without much problem.
I don't even check for cords around the neck at births. Mostly because I'm not always catching, but it's REALLY painful for the mom. Does it matter if I loop the cord over the head before the body is born? Not really. In fact, the more the cord is handled before birth, the higher the risk of it starting to clamp down. I'd rather leave it where it is and not cause issues in case of a shoulder dystocia, etc.
I think it's so interesting that we've created such an idea of danger and drama around something that is so normal - and designed to work pretty darn well without our help.
Again, I think the body accomodates things like true knots. It would be reasonable to think that a baby could end up knotting the cord - wouldn't it be just as reasonable to think that the body will help prevent a crisis in such an event?
I really feel like providers need to stop checking for cords and looping them over the baby's heads. Babies are easily unwrapped after the birth - and the less handling of the cord prior to the birth of the baby the better.
Me My Blog Mama to 7 babes & four spirit babies
|1 in 3 babies has the cord around its neck and any midwife out there knows exactly how to deal with it|
Thanks Pamela for your posts..I feel much better
I think breech babies are born a bit depressed because of cord exposure, but they typically come around w/out resuscitation, even when their heart tones are fairly low.
Just what I think, tho.
Before I started hearing horror stories it didn't even occur to me that it would be a problem, I just figured it was normal and the baby would 'roll' out of it. After freaking out a little I feel back to normal now
I had my third son born last year underwater at a birth center and I had lots of pre-labor this helped strech his cord he was wrapped two to three times around the neck, twice around his body and around his arm. He never had any distress and I did not do anything extra while pushing him out it just took a few seconds to unwind him before we brought him out of the water.
My second born in a hospital was taking to long to be born: and they gave me pitocin to help me along and he was born with the cord around twice and they could not get enough room to unloop it and cut it instead before he was out then he was taken to the incubator because he was to cold: and it was very hard not having him there with me I did not think until later that he could have just been wrapped in a blanket skin to skin with me. My hospital births both had unnessary interfernece that made my birth harder and the out of hospital birth was perfect.
Originally Posted by pamamidwife
I'm glad it has eased some concerns! Sometimes I fear I come off too brusque...just trying to give another side without belittling anyones experience.
Originally Posted by jmcqabigler
it just took a few seconds to unwind him before we brought him out of the water.