During pushing, my baby's heart rate dipped into the 60s-70s and stayed there even between contractions, so my midwife forced me to push with all my might with no breaks whether I was contracting or not. I hated it, it was the most horrible pain I've ever felt - as most of you know first hand. When his head popped out, he had a nuchal cord, which is nothing, but the nuchal cord had a true knot right there in it that was pulling tight. My midwife made me push the shoulders out right away, which I did. I'm not sure if she slipped the cord off his neck when the head was out, or after the shoulders were out. But I reached down and pulled my baby the rest of the way out and onto my chest and he came out screaming, so it was all good.
I know true knots in the cord are rare, but it must be even more unusual to have the knot in the part around the neck, hey? It made a pressure point where it was getting pinched as he was born. There are so many what-ifs I keep turning over in my mind. What if it pulled tight earlier in pregnancy and he died in-utero? He flipped repeatedly between breech and vertex into the 36th week. Around week 33 or 34, he flipped and then stopped moving for several hours. I just knew
that he was tangled up in his cord. I knew it.
I went to the hospital to make sure his heart was still beating, and of course, it still was. I had a NST and it was all OK. Throughout much of the pregnancy, I had a feeling that the baby might not make it. I knew there was something going on with the cord. I never told DH or anyone because I didn't want them to worry, and I didn't want to make it real
by saying it out loud. Another what-if: What if I had an epidural and couldn't push him out as quickly as I did? I feel like my hard work of having a natural birth could possibly have saved his life.
At my 6 week PP checkup, my midwife and I were talking about the birth. She said that she had very recently before my labor had a mom lose her baby at 30 weeks from the exact same thing - knot in the cord around the neck. It pulled tight for that baby.
I'm just so grateful I have my healthy baby. I feel a mix of relief, and now letting myself be afraid for what could have happened. Wonder at how I knew there was something wrong and possibly life-threatening with his cord. How did I know?
I think God sent angels to make sure this child lived. What great plans are in store for this child? This morning as he slept on my chest, I felt like it was such a miracle that he was there.
My placenta had already been sitting out for almost an hour when DH took these pictures. The first is a close-up of the knot. The second the midwife is showing how if the cord is pulled it cuts off blood supply.http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...o/S7300020.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...o/S7300021.jpg