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Wow, this was a great read!

http://midwifethinking.com/2010/07/29/nuchal-cords/

Watch the video at the bottom - now THAT'S a blissful birth!! And that cord had to be wrapped 5 times around baby's neck and I love how nobody made a big deal about it! I can't wait to meet my little one!! :love
 

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Wow! That video is making me cry! What a beautiful birth!
I know, wasn't it?? :love That's the ouchiest part in my mind, baby crowning, but once that head is out, phew! And mine all popped out in a rush just like that baby. The relief is SO amazing that bliss follows easily. That mama was so totally in love with her baby. :love
 

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So, I watched the video and loved it. And then I flipped over to something else on my browser, wanting to share the video with Dh. I mostly watch these things with the volume off. So later in the day, I get on a Skype meeting with a colleague and my volume comes on and all we can hear is this woman groaning and breathing and it sounds like soft porn- it sounds like the best orgasm ever. I have no idea where it is on my browser so I had to laugh, rolling, embarrassed laughter and scramble to not seem like I have problems... No, I just am really into watching births right now...! The youtube channel had been playing the whole time and it was on an unassisted birth. Beautiful really, i still want to watch it!
 

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Cords are lovely! I am so looking forward to seeing my baby's cord. I like to look at them as a palm reader would look at a palm. They say so much about life for the littles in womb!

Yes, I do agree with most of what is said in the article and I would have a bit to add and say more. Not here and not now but still, there is more to it IMO. Mostly, I also agree that it is used to too often ignite fear and assuage reason over reality. I love that what we cannot know, we cannot know and there is importance in knowing this instead of trying to make up reasons for things. I am just as guilty as the next person with a overactive brain trying to find answers to things that have none that I can determine. However, it is really important to allow there to be unknowns. Again, IMO!
 

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Okay okay, I'll share an awesome story!

But then I have to go out for walk or I will lose my chance and that is a bad choice!!

This was a FTM with twins. Her first baby was born relatively quickly, frank breech and an adorable boy.

The second baby took her time. It was disconcerting and amazing. Mama spent a good amount of that in the bathroom on the toilet alone. She was doing great. baby was taking her time though and while all stats were totally normal, it is unusual for the second twin to take so long, with contractions. We waited. After 7 hours post first birth, she was ready to be born and descended very quickly to birth (from pelvic inlet to born). I wrap her up and tuck mama and baby in to assess everyone while laying down. I find that her cord was SO short that she actually had to break it to be born. Yes, it was broken. Not bleeding- so lengthened from her birth that it had thinned and mama was not bleeding unusually either. The second twin had been up top the whole pregnancy and had not had a chance to move around a whole lot, unlike her brother! So, she had a short cord still. All that time, she was inching down and lengthening her cord, readying for the great dive. If she had been a c-sec or on drugs to speed up labor, this would have been an emergency. It would have been very dangerous. manageable but dangerous for both mama and baby. However, given all the time, the mama and baby worked it out in a way that both of them stayed very healthy, active and in congruence with their biological needs.

Birth is amazing and beautiful. I feel so blessed to have been a part of so many beautiful mysteries playing out and unfolding. So many stories!
 

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Wow, that's just crazy/amazing. I don't think I would have been able to deal with another 7 hours of labor after that first baby!
 

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Okay okay, I'll share an awesome story!

But then I have to go out for walk or I will lose my chance and that is a bad choice!!

This was a FTM with twins. Her first baby was born relatively quickly, frank breech and an adorable boy.

The second baby took her time. It was disconcerting and amazing. Mama spent a good amount of that in the bathroom on the toilet alone. She was doing great. baby was taking her time though and while all stats were totally normal, it is unusual for the second twin to take so long, with contractions. We waited. After 7 hours post first birth, she was ready to be born and descended very quickly to birth (from pelvic inlet to born). I wrap her up and tuck mama and baby in to assess everyone while laying down. I find that her cord was SO short that she actually had to break it to be born. Yes, it was broken. Not bleeding- so lengthened from her birth that it had thinned and mama was not bleeding unusually either. The second twin had been up top the whole pregnancy and had not had a chance to move around a whole lot, unlike her brother! So, she had a short cord still. All that time, she was inching down and lengthening her cord, readying for the great dive. If she had been a c-sec or on drugs to speed up labor, this would have been an emergency. It would have been very dangerous. manageable but dangerous for both mama and baby. However, given all the time, the mama and baby worked it out in a way that both of them stayed very healthy, active and in congruence with their biological needs.

Birth is amazing and beautiful. I feel so blessed to have been a part of so many beautiful mysteries playing out and unfolding. So many stories!
WOW! That's amazing! What a wonderful reminder as to how wise our bodies are...

Wow, that's just crazy/amazing. I don't think I would have been able to deal with another 7 hours of labor after that first baby!
Me neither!
 

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WOW! That's amazing! What a wonderful reminder as to how wise our bodies are...



Me neither!

Oh, you two just have really fast births so have no concept of a normally paced birth! It is not at all as intense as a precipitous birth! That and twins go quicker for moms than singles usually. So, this mom had not had a long labor for her first baby. Just had to go through it for her second. I have to say though, this mama was really impressive! Her trust and patience and steadfast focus is still something I am in great respect of!

Mamas' rule.
 

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I'm praying that this birth will take hours and not minutes, because I've experienced both and I far far prefer my 5hr birth experience to the 45 minute or the 90 minute one. In both the first and third I went from 2-4 cm dilated to fully dilated in under an hour and that just sucks so much! No break between contractions and I lose all sense/reason about the situation, it's just something terrible happening to me. With the second, spending 4 luxurious hours to fully dilate was really really manageable and a wonderful solo homebirth (I was alone almost always). I really have no need for my uterus to race, a reasonably paced dilation is fine, and time speeds up anyways when you are in labor so several hours can feel like 1 or 2.

But yes that was an incredible, amazing story about the twin, I just had no idea that a baby could break her cord and then survive through the birth canal with no oxygen! That's incredible! It must have only been a few seconds from cord snapping to outside world, after first baby paved the way ; no? Wow. Just wow.
 

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If I could choose, I'd stick with the precipitous births! Even my hour-long labor/birth was one I'd do over again - it was intense, but enjoyable. :love
 

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I wouldn't say my labors have been super quick @Wild Rose. My first was 11 hours (26 hours from water breaking to baby) and the next two around 5 hours. I guess with it being her first she wouldn't know any different.

But I do admit to having fantasies of this baby's birth being so quick we don't have time to get home from wherever we are. I'm probably one of the only ones who fantasizes about that! Maybe because my labors have been quite manageable and not so intense? I usually feel fine during transition even. Still mostly joking around. It's the pushing stage I dread the most.
 

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That's right, who am I to say what is intense and what is not as intense? hee hee, I have not actually done it! Just participated!

I'll let you know....hah!
 

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Somehow I still get nice breaks between contractions - even going from 4cm-10cm in under an hour. I've never timed contractions in my life, but I never feel like I'm out of control, like I can't keep my head above water, if that makes sense.
 

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That video is nuts! Wow! The most I've ever seen is a cord x4 and it slowed baby down a little but didn't cause any issues.

I'm super curious to see what my baby's cord is like this time as my last two births the cord snapped at delivery which is very rare. I've never seen it in 600+ births as a midwife yet it happened twice to me! My son's cord was only 11 in long which depending where it was implanted doesn't give a lot of slack. I often wonder if my body knew he needed a super quick labour to minimize tension on the cord, actually.
 

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That video is nuts! Wow! The most I've ever seen is a cord x4 and it slowed baby down a little but didn't cause any issues.

I'm super curious to see what my baby's cord is like this time as my last two births the cord snapped at delivery which is very rare. I've never seen it in 600+ births as a midwife yet it happened twice to me! My son's cord was only 11 in long which depending where it was implanted doesn't give a lot of slack. I often wonder if my body knew he needed a super quick labour to minimize tension on the cord, actually.
Wow, that's crazy! I'd be curious to see this baby's cord too!
 

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That is crazy @blissful_maia! 2 babies who had to break their cords! Wow. I love the fact that they could and have been fine and so have you! This whole process is so amazing to me!

I had a baby born who was spun up so much in his cord that I spent a good minute unwinding him in the water before bringing him up to mama. I even had to explain this because it was so extraordinary and because usually baby will come right up and into mamas arms! he looked like a spinning dervish in the water, so relaxed and at ease! I saw her a few years later for her next baby and she said that that boy LOVES to spin! I don't remember the length of the cord but it was very very long!
 
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