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#1 of 5 Old 02-03-2011, 01:03 AM - Thread Starter
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Hi you experienced women - I have a question for you. Any thoughts are welcome.


I have started all three of my births with my water breaking and absolutely NO contractions for hours.


I assume that my fourth birh will start like this as well and here is my question/s:


Here in Austria most doctors and mw suggest that you do not get up if your waters break for fear of a cord prolaps and the baby putting preassure on the cord resulting in the almost certain death of the baby.

With my daughter my waters broke standing up and her head wa completely solid in my pelvis, causing her to stop the flow of the water. I was not worried then.

With my second I was confident that a cord prolaps was so rare that nothing would happen to him, I also hd to pee so bad I was not going to stay in bed.

With my third I was really worried because of my second son dying and his death was also very "rare". So I stayed in bed, my DH called the Ambulance and they carried me up the stairs. But because the stairs are so narrow they had me sit up. Now in my understanding sitting will put just as much preasure on the baby's cord if it has prolapsed during the water breaking.


WWYD with the next????

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I had a midwife who was trained in Germany for my second and third births (at home), and with my second my waters released while I was having only very, very mild contractions every 5-10 minutes (I coudn't even feel them unless I lay down). She said nothing at all about cord prolapse, but my baby's head was VERY engaged, and I couldn't imagine that it would have been an issue at all.


I would think that if your baby's head is engaged, the waters releasing will only make the head more engaged, and standing will actually help to keep the baby's head engaged. If your baby's head is not engaged then the risk of cord prolapse is probably higher, although still pretty rare.


I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your son.

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With my first I was told that he was so high that if my water broke I should basically try to get upside down...he was born via c/s without labor so that was moot.


My next two, OTOH, my water broke and I, too, have hours and hours and hours before labor - and babe wasn't engaged. My MW never mentioned anything about prolapse being possible - she did ask if I was still feeling movement but that's it... I had forgotten the advice of my previous MW. I'm also wondering if things will happen the same way this time.


I'm so sorry about your ds.

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I have never heard of this.  With my last my water broke at 34 weeks and everyone just said to get my but to the hospital.  No one mentioned I shouldn't stand/ walk getting there.  Hmmm.

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With my second, my water broke and labor barely started for hours and hours and I eventually did the pit. They told me the same thing, not to stand or walk because of the risk for prolapse. My dd was very, very high. Ive done a ton of research, and it is a risk for prolapse in that situation. The risk is low, but the outcome is deadly if it happens.

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