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    My 1st had the cord around his neck, I had a vaginal birth. But we didn't know it was like that until he was born. I guess it might also depend too on how tight it is and how short the cord is.

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    Three of my 4 children had the cord around their neck, it is very very common.

    My son had the cord 3 x very tightly and was born by emergency c sec.

    No problems for the others.

    This isn't a valid reason for c section, which brings its own risks.

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    This is my post from another thread just this morning..

    My first homeborn baby (2nd child) had a true knot in his cord, he was perfectly healthy and his heartbeat was fine the entire labour, cords have a substance called wartons jelly in them that help to protect the blood vessels from damage, he also had the cord around his neck twice which happens in around 25% of births again the jelly helps to protect the blood vessels and given that a baby doesn't usually breath until they are fully born means as long as your prompt in unlooping the cord it should be all good. My son was born into water 4 min from cervix to my arm, his head was out for one contraction before the rest of his body was born, being in water helps to stop people from jabbing their hands down there which can trigger the breathing reflex prematurely.

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    I'm actually really shocked that your care provider would considering putting you and your child through the risks associated with a c/s for a very very common normal thing like cord around the neck?? At the most I would look at intermittent doplar monitoring though no doubt if you push for a vaginal birth your CP will insist on continuous monitoring which has a very high false positive rate which will lead to more interventions.

    There are lots of stories (in the comments) here about babies born with cords around their necks. http://www.glorialemay.com/blog/?p=235

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    A cord around the neck is actually quite common and in most cases it isn't a problem.
    My dd had her cord wrapped twice around her neck and she born vaginally with no issues, the midwife just slipped the cord off her neck during the birth.

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    Meshell so sorry you've been given some worrying news. Yes it is very common and for the most part unproblematic. But you need to do what you need to do to feel ok about this situation minimising the risks as you see fit with the advice of your OB. The reality is that CS are sometimes necessary and your particular situation may warrant one. No one should be pressuring you to have a natural birth without your medical information. IVF is an incredibly stressful journey hun - ask for as much monitoring as you need. xx

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    Meshell the only one giving you advice and the pros and cons of both approaches is your OB. He/she has all of your info needed to help you make this decision. Midwives are brilliant for natural births but the OBs are the specialists for CS with ultimate responsibility to have your baby arrive safely. I hope they can comfort you with this decision. Can you call them earlier for peace of mind?

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    Default Cord around baby neck

    Babies are more likely to develop breathing difficulties after c section, die from SIDS, develop a respiratory infection in the first year of life and the list goes on. You yourself are more likely to die after c section , have breastfeeding difficulties and complications in future pregnancies.

    Your doctor - is it a GP or on? is giving you some very strange advice . A cord loop is very common and there is absolutely no reason to think the cord will still be around the neck at term.

    I think you should get another doctor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chew the Mintie View Post
    Babies are more likely to develop breathing difficulties after c section, die from SIDS, develop a respiratory infection in the first year of life and the list goes on. You yourself are more likely to die after c section , have breastfeeding difficulties and complications in future pregnancies.

    Your doctor - is it a GP or on? is giving you some very strange advice . A cord loop is very common and there is absolutely no reason to think the cord will still be around the neck at term.

    I think you should get another doctor.
    Yep this. Lots of bubs have a cord looped around- unless the cord length is super short it's not a problem.

    I think there is a poster on bh - cluckysc that had a bub with a cord around his neck but it was looped 3 times and very short. That's when a cs is warranted.

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    I'm sorry for crashing as I've just noticed this is the IVF thread - but my DS was born 5 weeks prem via emerg c sect because he was in breech the entire pregnancy, had the cord wrapped around his neck 3 times and my obst was concerned he would try to turn and we would lose him.

    I will always choose the safest thing for my baby - I hated not being able to labour and have the vaginal birth I wanted but I would much prefer a scar on my tummy than a scar on my heart of losing a bub.

    Talk to your obst more - why is he suggesting a c sect? Is your baby right way or wrong way like mine was? Ask questions, then make the decision that you are most comfortable with. Good luck and again sorry for crashing.


 

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