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#1 of 2 Old 12-15-2005, 11:17 PM - Thread Starter
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So, this little one is still transverse(though I will confirm w/ultrasound tomorrow, as *I* personally don't feel it is in that position). I just heard today that w/a transverse baby you greatly run the risk of a prolapsed cord, should the water break. Anyone ever heard of this?
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Yes, it's true. That is one of the risks of a trasnverse baby HOWEVER you can have a prolapse with a baby in ANY position. The risk is only slightly greater and it really depends on exactly how the baby is lying, whenthe water breaks in labor, among other things. There is no reason for a transverse baby to be an automatic c/s either, even with the cord risk. Babies, even trasnverse ones, can flip at any time, including during labor. The other issue with a transverse baby is that it literally cannot come out the vagina, no matter what, without seriously maiming it (which was done to many babies centuries ago, usually killing them or the mother too...we don't do that anymore, thankfully.. c/s is good for *something*) You could still be doing things to try to turn the baby. I personally believe that babies lie the way that they need to, even if it's not a way that is optimum for birth. They know what they need and where they need to be. Also, if your instincts say that the baby isn't transverse, there's a pretty good chance that baby is not transverse. I wish you the best with your u/s tomorrow and everything else as well. Still sending out baby turning vibes

Namaste, Tara
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