(I posted this in Birth and Beyond, but someone suggested this was a better forum to use...any help would be very much appreciated!!!)
I'm working on processing through my daughter's birth two and a half years ago, and was wondering if anyone can help me understand a bit more about bi-lobed placentas. We had a difficult labor on pitocin and at one point when I was on a birthing ball, her heart rate dropped dramatically. I was rushed into the bed on my left side, oxygen mask on, midwife scrambling, me out of my head with right-on-top-of-each-other contractions, everyone was frantic and trying to figure out what to do. Once I had changed positions, DD's heart rate went back to normal, but fear made my midwife insist that I stay on my left side with the oxygen until, many hours (and an epidural) later, I was fully dilated and able to push DD out.
When my midwife had broken my water for me, it came out clear. When DD's head came out, though (about 4 hours later), it was covered in meconium. Then, about half an hour later when my placenta delivered, I suddenly had a room full of gaggling residents and curious nurses, all there to see the "fascinating" bi-lobed placenta I had delivered. I was made to believe that my daughter's health and even survival, as well as mine, were something of a miracle, given the fact that the placenta looked like lungs, and had a tiny umbilical vein connecting the two sides.
1. Why does this happen?
2. Will it happen with future pregnancies?
3. Is it dangerous enough that, if they recognize it via ultrasound, they would insist on a c-section?
Thanks in advance, all!