hello, fellow Okie. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> from what i have read on here, most of the times the cord being around the neck is so common that it's almost a non-issue and you don't have to do anything. if the cord is short then you can often gently push the baby's head towards your thigh and allow the baby to somersault out. or you can also use your finger to unhook the cord and pull it over the baby's head.
If you need to somersault the baby, rest your hand on the back as the bottom and legs deliver to keep them from coming to fast and giving you a nasty tear. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Ben's cord wouldn't allow for them to slip it over his head so they did just this maneuver. Felt really cool!
We never really worried about unwrapping the cord until the baby was out. Only if it seemed extreemly tight and keeping the baby from emerging, then you will find that you can usually reach it if you HAD to.
I unwrapped my son's myself. I was in the water, side lying, and pushed only to about his eyebrows, then felt along the back of his head to his neck for the cord, then hooked my finger under it and unlooped it, checked to see if there was any more... when there wasn't I pushed to his shoulders and then he flew out the rest of the way.<br><br>
*if* you find the cord is *very* tight and more than once around the baby's neck, so that you can't loosen it at all, and it's holding the baby back, then you might want to clamp and cut the cord in a hurry.<br>
but I don't recommend that except in emergencies, and you need to get the rest of the baby out and breathing quick smart. though I do imagine one could do it oneself, if feeling confident and quick.<br><br>
however this is pretty rare, and most cases cord around the neck is very common and no biggie.
In my last UC, baby had cord wrapped tightly around his neck twice ... but I couldn't feel it while the first part of his head was born ... I had an intense urge to lay down in the water, sidelying almost ... and w/ that contraction he shot out of me and across the pool ... the cord was pretty long 100cm. I knew in my head that I 'should' check for the cord but both times when I was birthing, the baby came quick enough after the head that I didn't have time to even think about the cord.<br><br>
I agree with everything said already though ... clamp and cut as a last resort ... only if the cord is so tight that baby can't be born. Otherwise I'd unloop the cord or loosen it just enough to get slack and let baby somersault out.