This seems wrong to me on many levels. Any comment?
Jen Mama of 2 precious boys (9) (6) and still in with my Matt after 12 years together.
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Very rarely is it so tight that it hinders birth, if it's long enough to get around the neck, it's long enough to allow birth to happen. I've attended births where the cord was 3 times around the neck with no trouble.
The c-section is most likely what caused the resp. distress. C-born babies don't get squeezed out through the birth canal and are likely to have fluid in the lungs, especially ones who are born without labour. Vaginally born babies have a small gush of fluid from the nose and mouth when their heads are born and their bodies are still inside, sort of a natural Heimlich manouvre.
Unless the baby's heart tones were freaky, it's unlikely that the cord was a problem.
DS was a homebirth baby with the cord around his neck, his arm and his chest, totally squeezed it and he was up to a 9 at 5 minutes (born limp & blue, though). The assistant was supposed to help DH catch him, but he was really wedged in because of the cord loops and so the midwife stepped up. I didn't even realize there was a *real* problem (as the midwife & assistant discussed cutting the cord and starting mouth to mouth) because they handled it so well.
Was there, perhaps, a knot in the cord? That is much trickier, so I have heard.
wife - mother - midwife
The more you know, the worse it gets.
The rumors over why she had to have surgery ranged from nuchal cord, to "twisted" cord, to a knot in the cord, but her mother emailed me and said that they saw some stress with the baby's heart beat and recommended a csection. That's a pretty vague answer but probably the truest so I'd say we'll probably never know why she had to have the surgery. She's a nice girl but not knowledgable at all about birth and didn't bother going to labor classes or anything, just read her What to Expect books. I feel sorry that she hasn't seen her baby yet (he was born 9 hours ago) and he is in an incubator with an IV in and no one to hold him. It's a shame and my gut instinct is that it could have been prevented.
If someone were to go for a routine ultrasound and the baby and mother were both fine, but a loop of cord was around the baby's neck - and that was cause a c-section, that would be ridiculous.
However, if someone were in labor and dilating, but the baby just was not descending at all - and the ultrasound showed a tight loop of cord and a short cord - then it would make more sense. It's all about context.
After 4 m/c, our is here!
One had it around her arm also. One around her arm and torso.
My first DS had his cord around his neck three times. I had an emergency c/s at 10 cm... 2 hours after being transported from a birth center. He had fetal distress (hb droped to 20). He was very sick, ended up with mechonium in his lungs.. was born blue. The doc said I do not know how lucky I was to have a child. The cord was so tight around my sons neck they had to put the insterments into my uterus to cut it before they could even take him out. But all of my next 4 births were PERFECT!
My cousin's husband emailed me late last night with pictures of the baby (before it was sent to NICU). He said , "Affter 9 hours of labor (painless thanks to the epidural), she had not progressed enough as she should have, so the docs*decided*to perform a C-Section. Everything went great during the operation. She was the perfect patient [emphasis mine], and baby R came out with a struggle."
If this is true, then
The baby's still in an oxygen incubator. They're "hoping" to get to see him today.
I think there may be something we don't know contributing to your cousin's problems. She might never know the whole story herself, unless she requests a copy of her hospital records.
Ds had the cord wrapped around his neck twice, Apgars of 9 and 10, no distress whatsoever - actually, he started crying while just his head was out!
Both of mine had 'longer than average' cords according to the attending midwives (CNM at hospital with dd, CPM at home with ds). I suppose if there was a nuchal cord with a significantly shorter than average cord it could be a big problem, but...
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