Update: I'm bumping to ask for more info on short cords.... I keep finding examples where a mother was told the problem was because of a 'short cord' and I really need some concrete information. Now I'm not feeling as concerned about a water birth as I am just about how a short cord can effect the normal progression of birth.... Thanks.
I hope this is the right place to post this. I finally requested ds's birth records from the hospital and reviewed them briefly. One of the questions that comes up for me is that he did seem to have a short cord- it was noted in the midwives notes. I do remember it prevented him from being put up to my breast while I was delivering the placenta, having epi-tear repaired (
), etc. He actually did the elbow crawl-- which I noticed, but they didn't tell me that he couldn't move up and then took him away for their stupid routine stuff. The cord may have also been wrapped around his leg, which would restrict him too, I suppose. My dh told me this weeks later and I sobbed because nobody told me this was why
I hadn't gotten to hold him at that time. Again, I cried when we went over this with my midwives at the 6 weeks review.
I was out of it, and though every instinct screamed give me back my baby, all I could muster was to try to explain the things we did/didn't want done to ds at the time. It was very upsetting not to have him closer-- to let him nurse, especially since he was rooting and crawling-- he was probably more alert at that moment than he was the rest of the week (sleepy baby, I was induced and had epidural - another long story).
So, yes planning on avoiding the negatives of that birth and avoiding the many things that led to much frustration and insecurity.... but what do I need to know about short cords???
My MIL had 2 boys- and both of them had short cords. My dh, it didn't seem to be a big deal, but she seems to remember with her youngest, they had birthing complications because the cord was so short-- she had a difficult time getting him all the way out- from the sound of this. He had some breathing difficulties-- but I'm not really sure of the details. Last time it came up (when I breathed something about homebirth) the she said well thank goodness she was in the hospital that the cord was wrapped around bil's neck, yadda yadda, and he almost died, untill she had a chance to think about it more and realized that was really not at all what happened- he had a short cord and it was NOT wrapped around his neck.
: Hows that for over reacting? (It was all very uncharacteristic of MIL, who is normally very supportive and calm).
So... that was probably too much info.... but what's the deal of the 'short cord'? Is it something I need to worry about?
And what about a water birth-- something I'm considring for the next time around... but I would want the baby out of the water, ASAP-- and being restricted by the cord and having to get out of the water myself also seems a bit frightening (but I guess, in that situation, I'd surely manage and with speed, too if urged)?