Cord wrapped around neck...
+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 13

Thread: Cord wrapped around neck...

  1. #1
    Posting Addict Marite13's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Southeast Asia
    Posts
    7,537

    Default Cord wrapped around neck...

    Can someone explain to me what the true risk/issue is with having the cord wrapped around the baby's neck? I've often heard that it's very common... but, my BFF just had her baby last night, and I am hearing "super scary- baby had the cord around the neck 3 times!" kind of stuff... and other's saying that it made the end of labor harder... (I haven't heard anything directly from her yet...)

    I can get that it's not a good thing for the cord to be around baby's neck... but, who can explain what the true risk is? I have a feeling plenty of people think of it as the baby hanging itself or choking itself... which I'm guessing is not really the issue...

    I appreciate you informing me!

    Mara
    Mara & Joel, 2009




  2. #2
    Community Host AnnaRO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    9,973

    Default

    I have no personal experience with a nuchal cord, but I've heard the same things you have. I've generally been under the impression that most of the time it's not a big deal. I could imagine it would be more dangerous in a breech birth where the cord might me compressed causing loss of oxygen. There are occasions of stillbirths or instances of in utero deaths in late pregnancy where the only thing medical professionals and parents have to blame is the cord being wrapped around the neck. See: http://vbacfacts.com/2009/09/16/umbi...complications/

    Unfortunately, there really is no way to truly determine whether or not the cord was to blame. There are also instances of stillbirth and in utero deaths with no cord wrapped around a baby.

    I would personally consider it a concern, especially if I knew about it in advance, but I'm also aware that it happen in about a third of all cases and that the vast majority of the time things turn out fine. There are so many things that can go wrong during pregnancy and birth it would be easy to be completely panicked about every potential scenario. I hope you hear from your friend soon and can determine first-hand how scary it really was or wasn't.

  3. #3
    Posting Addict TyrantOfTheWeek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Way down yonder kinda close to the Chattahoochee
    Posts
    7,628

    Dylan 4/22/04, Devon 6/24/06,Dorothy 9/13/07, Derek 12/19/09, Daniel 12/18/10, Daphne 2/24/12
    Mindie and Mark, 5/16/09

  4. #4
    Posting Addict gardenbug's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Elora, Ontario
    Posts
    9,509

    Default

    I have seen photos of a home water birth with a nuchal cord wrapped 4 times around the baby's neck...The photos are a "good news" story to show that it was not a danger, just as midwifethinking (above) indicates. Baby does not breathe except through the cord until after birth. I must say though, that the bruising of baby's neck was dramatic!
    Leo (3 1/2) with Malcolm the cat

  5. #5
    Posting Addict Marite13's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Southeast Asia
    Posts
    7,537

    Default

    Thanks for that link, Mindie. A good read. So that is interesting though... I still haven't heard anything from my friend. I'm guessing the place she birthed doesn't have any internet, and that they will keep her a couple of days. I will be interested to see what the whole story is once she does get around to telling it.
    Mara & Joel, 2009




  6. #6
    Posting Addict cactuswren's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Tucson, AZ
    Posts
    8,144

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Marite13 View Post
    Thanks for that link, Mindie. A good read. So that is interesting though... I still haven't heard anything from my friend. I'm guessing the place she birthed doesn't have any internet, and that they will keep her a couple of days. I will be interested to see what the whole story is once she does get around to telling it.
    I didn't have time to read the link, but it's a good point that babies don't breathe except through the cord yet anyway... I think most of the time the birth assistant is able to just slip it off once the neck is out so it's no complication at all--if it was wound many times or the wrapping was causing the cord to get too short to come out, I guess that's where it gets a little trickier.
    -Leigh-
    DD Adair Lucille 7/6/10
    DD Faye Louise 10/19/13

    Lilypie First Birthday tickers

  7. #7
    Site Moderator girlisrad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    10,655

    Default



    I am not a NB'er.. but I thought I would share my story!!

    After 28 hours of labor I was not progressing past a 5 and Everit never engaged into my pelvis. He was so high, in fact, that they refused to break my water. It ended with a c-section, where they discovered a nuchal cord and worse. He was completely entangled! His arm was pinned up by his face/wrapped around his leg/ and was essentially "hung up" in the cord. They literally had to unravel him when they took him out. Hence not being able to engage. Had we pushed labor further I am not sure what the outcome would have been Anyhoo, just another perspective there... I suppose it is not terribly common, but it happens!

  8. #8
    Posting Addict
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    5,543

    Default

    Most of the time nuchal cords are no problem and are quite common.

    Sometimes they do cause trouble though. If the cord isn't very long OR if the baby is wrapped in it a couple times, it can prevent the baby from descending (like the above post says). The other concern is cord compression. If it tight around the neck or an arm is also up it can get pinched, preventing baby from getting enough oxygen leading to heart decelerations. I have seen babies have trouble because of a cord issue.

    Like I said though, the majority of the time it is fine! After the head is out the cord is slipped over the head and usually that's that.

  9. #9
    Mega Poster
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    3,711

    Default

    When DS was born he had his cord around his neck and the docs handled it very calmly. He was a bit gray from the cord compression and it took a while and a bit of oxygen for him to pink up. The docs also had to cut the cord so hubby wasn't able to because they were in a hurry to untangle DS. All in all it wasn't too big of a deal and the doc said it is common and does not usually lead to a bad situation.


    DS-12/05
    DD-10/07

  10. #10
    Posting Addict Starryblue702's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Las Vegas, NV
    Posts
    6,217

    Default

    I too have never experienced it, only read about it and seen in on A Baby Story lots of times... but as the other girls said it can cause the oxygen levels to go way down, as well as cut off circulation if it gets tight enough.
    Krystal & Donovan - 12/2/06
    Reagan - 10/2/02
    Maximus - 3/10/05
    Liberty - 12/11/08
    Trystan- 11/22/11
    My angel in Heaven 1/7/13

+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
v -->

About Us | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Sitemap | Terms & Conditions