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Old 03-25-2004, 01:52 PM - Thread Starter
 
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When babies are born in the bag, does the placenta come out with them? Because isn't part of the bag attached to the placenta? How would the baby be able to be born unless the placenta detached? and if that is the case what about the placenta plusing and delivery oxygen during the birth.

Or do I have this all wrong.

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No the placenta wouldn't come out with the bag/baby.
I'm not a midwife or dr. and cannot fully describe how the two connect. My dd was born in the bag of waters. It wasn't a problem at all with oxygen or anything. I think the cord is what delivers oxygen, right? The bag broke as my dd's feet were born and we didn't clamp and cut the cord until it stopped pulsating anyway. (which was the plan either way) I delivered the placenta after the baby was born.
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It depends on how far the bag can stretch, but the placenta does not come out with the bag. What happens is the bag will only stretch so far, then break. I've seen with both babies born in the caul in the last year, that the bag breaks when the baby rotates and shoulders come out.
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Wow. I was just coming on here to ask the exact same question!

I heard a friend talking about her baby's birth in the caul and she said "but then it broke so he could come all the way out" and that made sense to me. But then our midwife friend who was listening said "well, it wouldn't HAVE to break" and that confused me. Because unless the placenta came out, too, it would have to break away from the placenta at some point...or be way too stretchy.

I think I've got it straight now thanks to Pam!
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I have heard one story of a baby born in an intact bag of water. As in, baby was born and they laid the bag of water on the bed where it rested for a moment with a wiggly baby inside and then burst.
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I heard one story like that, too. I always wonder about those bags - how stretchy they are. It's amazing!
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That makes sense. Thanks everyone.

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My last babe was born in the caul, and it was pretty funky to see! What happened was I got up in a squat and had a contraction and the bag gushed out (still intact) first ahead of the baby! Then my baby quickly followed out onto the bed and the midwife actually had to break the bag away from his face because it didn't break on it's own--it was too strong! It was wierd, but I'm glad I didn't have my water broken, it was a nice cushion!
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