This was her second child, and now that I think about it, everyone that has had their second child has mentioned the cord was wrapped around the neck. Most were able to deliver no problem, but a couple, like my friend, had issues. Thank goodness her doc made the right decision to take the baby.
Do you think that the cord being wrapped around the neck is more prevalent in the second (or future) births? Does this worry you at all??
I really want another vaginal, wonderful, birth, and I realize they are not all textbook. Am I putting too much worry on this issue since I can't control it being around the neck??
Had it taken longer to deliver, I'm sure there would have been the surgery.
I think two of my other babies had the cord "around the neck," where the MW or doctor just pulled it over their heads on the way out. That's pretty common.
I don't worry about it. I had a lady tell me last weekend that I should never sit with my legs crossed because it greatly increases my chances of having a cord prolapse. I thought, "Say what?" She's also one of these people that believes a pregnant woman reaching for something that is above head-level will cause the cord to wrap around the baby. :
I don't worry about it. I know that is one of those things you can't control. Nothing that you actually do will cause the cord to wrap around the baby (or to prolapse, unless you are at high risk and ignore instructions from your care provider).
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Since we are having a homebirth, one of the questions I get asked a lot is "what happens if the cord is around the babys neck" I just smile and say "then we remove it?"
My daughter had the cord around her neck and was an easy vaginal delivery.
I've heard that only really smart babies keep the cord around their necks...it keeps the cord out of trouble (eg: it doesn't prolapse).
DD was born with it wrapped around her neck twice... it showed up on the ultrasound the week before... I didn't know about it but I remember back to seeing her right nuchal cord x2 on the screen and didn't know what it meant until much later.
I was induced and she came out blue... but she was fine Her apgars were great once the cord came off... I did have an extremely long cord. The doctor was amazed at the length
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Not perfect, but she was fine. I would have liked to keep the cord attached longer, but in this case I can see why she was concerned. It was tight and fully wrapped twice - like a little neck brace. I supose she also didn't want o risk strangeling the baby on the way out too!
I'm glad though that she still let my DH cut it, even under the circumstances.
Oh, and no, I'm in no way worried that the cord around the neck will cause any problems for us if it pops up again. I think a lot of the time there are other factors going on as well and that "the cord around the neck" is an easy answer for why a cs was done. And, I in no way mean to imply that your friend had an uneeded cs, just that there was probably a better/different reason that the baby was deceling. The cord probably didnt help the situation, but I highly doubt it was the only reason for it, make sence?
I hope mom and baby are doing well now, though. (sigh) just a few more months and we'll ALL be holding new babies! Can you believe it's march already!!
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We didn't have a wrapped cord with dd but a short cord in a true knot.
The cord was wrapped around my 4th childs neck and chest and she passed away from it. She died on March 10th 2006 and I delivered her on March 11th 2006.
After Kamryn passed, it took us almost 2 years, and 3 miscarriages to get this far again.
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A cord being wrapped around the neck or any other body part is very rarely an issue. Its covered with a thick substance called Wharton's Jelly that protects it from compression and true knots.
Sometimes 'cord around the neck' is the given reason for still births but its not really a problem, its just an excuse given because the parents want an answer (obviously).
There are some that actually think the cord is more protected around the neck because that space protects if from compression during pushing.
If you think about it logically a baby isn't breathing so it can't be "strangled" by its cord.
I'm sorry your friend had a traumatic experience and subsequent surgery. I've had one myself and its not pleasant!
Tenk - I'm so sorry for your loss.
PS even with all the stories of successful births with the wrapped cord, I still worry...maybe I just need something to worry about