Nervous for a friend **updated post #23**

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Nervous for a friend **updated post #23**

A good friend of mine is being induced tomorrow.
This is her first baby, she's 38 weeks, they're inducing her because the cord is wrapped around the baby's neck. Her doctor said it looks alright but better to be "safe than sorry".

I'm nervous for her because she wanted a natural birth and I worry that because of this induction she won't get that. She's being induced at 8:30 am tomorrow.

I'm not sure what the c-section rate is for first time moms or for moms who are being induced. I just have this horrible gut feeling that one intervention will lead to another and she won't get the birth she wants...

Anyway, I just needed to get that out... I hope everything goes okay for her.

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Ugh – is it only around the baby’s neck once? If so, that’s not uncommon at all. The only danger is if the cord is very sort and wrapped around the baby’s neck. If it’s not short, it’s simply a matter of unwrapping it (as my MW says). My brother had it a wrapped around his neck twice.

On top of that, it could easily become unwrapped if baby rotates…

I’ve never heard of that being an excuse to induce… plus how is the induction going to help, vs. natural birth?

Personally, if it was a good friend I would go talk to her and tell her about any research that I’ve found, and suggest that she not show up tomorrow morning if that’s the only excuse she was given. Baby should cook a while longer if she’s only at 38 weeks!.

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I would be nervous for her, too. If she is interested in information, I found this article: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/765837/is_the_cord_around_the_babys_neck_really.html?cat=52 (the article continues on pg 2)

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Thanks ladies, I talked to her and she said that the cord was wrapped around once and that it's not a problem, but that her doctor doesn't want it to become a problem in the next two weeks, so they're inducing her. Her doctor assured her that she shouldn't have any problems tomorrow and that she should be able to get the birth she wants...

... I'll keep you posted.

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Seriously are doctors going to just induce for everything now! This is ridiculous! So many babies have the cord wrapped around their neck, it is perfectly normal and MOST of the time causes no problem. The cord was wrapped around my daughters neck one time and I had no idea until after she was born and had been in my arms for a while. The midwife then told me that she did have the cord around her neck and she just quietly unlooped it before she came out (she was born into water). I just feel like your friends doctor is being way overcautious and I really don't see how inducing at 38weeks is really the safest thing to do, it seems as though that is the opposite of being "safe". Ok rant over, sorry!! I just don't understand :confused:

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Induction freaks me out. I wish her the best of luck with it. As for the cord, DS's was wrapped around his neck twice and didn't have any problem.

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DD's midwife showed me photos of a home water birth she assisted with where the cord was wrapped FOUR times around the baby's neck. Everything was fine. She reminded me that baby does not need to breathe until the cord is cut....obvious, but I needed reminding. :o Baby's neck was very bruised for a few days.

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Have you asked her whether she's compared the risks of having an induction (lots) to the risks of having a cord wrapped around baby's neck (uh none?)?

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"sarahsunshine" wrote:

Have you asked her whether she's compared the risks of having an induction (lots) to the risks of having a cord wrapped around baby's neck (uh none?)?

Yes totally agree you should ask her this.

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nak
There is a slightly higher risk of cord compression, which causes oxygen deprivation and fetal distress with a nuchal cord think the OB's logic (which, admittedly, is not very good) is that inducing will give a smaller baby and result in less risk for cord compression than a larger baby, but of course that doesn't factor in the risks of induction, which include fetal distress. I hope the dr. isn't going to break her water because that increases the risk of cord compression.

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She said "she said she is going to put jelly on my cervix to soften it up then break my water"
I assume, they'll use Cervidil...

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I feel bad for your friend that she is being told to induce based on the cord being wrapped around. I wish her the best of luck with the birth she had wanted.

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Wow. Both my boys had the cords around their neck and were born just fine. Honestly I think that an induction would be worse on it. Wait I take that back I KNOW an induction would be worse on it from personal experience. I was induced with my first and he had a lot more distress and problems from the contractions being too hard and pressing on the cord more, especially after I had my water broke which was only 3 hours into a 14 hour labor. With my second I was not induced and the only time he went into distress was when I was pushing him out and I pushed him out just fine. In fact as soon as his head came out of me he was screaming, with the cord around his neck! My water didn't break with him until I was starting the pushing phase. So yeah IMO she is causing more issues being induced vs going into labor on her own, just by my experience. I say you have every reason to worry for her.

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Oh man, that's really hard to hear. Aren't the risks that come from cord compression worsened by induction!? This bugs me so much I don't even want to think about it, I don't think I can respond without ranting.
Best of luck to your friend!

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Good grief! :rolleyes: Of all the reasons to induce.... I hope she doesn't end up as a statistic. :confused:

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I hope everything goes well for her, all of my kids had their cords wrapped around their necks. DD2 had it wrapped around twice (though she was born blue, even though she looked fine on the monitors up until delivery). Sounds like just an excuse for the dr to induce IMO.

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I will be hoping hte best for her. Keep us posted!

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:eek: I would tell my friend to RUN as fast & as far away from that doctor as she can! The doctor wants to induce because of "cord issues" but the method chosen is to break the water, the very thing that is cushioning that cord??? What a moron! I wish your friend the best, but wouldn't hold my breath.

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Any word yet on how it went/is going?

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wow. sorry I am late to this one. I hope everything is going smoothly for your friend.

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I am getting here late as well - I hope things went well for your friend. Things like this make me upset. So many women blindly believe what the doctors tell them without even asking questions or doing any research on their own. Any word on your friend yet?

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I got updates all morning, she was induced at 830 this morning with cervidil and then let things progress... At 430(ish) they broke her water and that was the last I heard. At that point she still was refusing an epidural and pitocin... But its now almost 11pm and I still haven't heard anything since 5, so who knows.

Hopefully ill hear from her (or her sister) soon.

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She had her baby!!

They induced her at 8:30 am July 1st, her contractions started around 11:00 am. She was progressing slightly and at 4:30(ish) pm they broke her water.
The contractions were stronger without the water to cusion, so she opted for the epidural.
At 4:51 am July 2nd, she birthed her beautiful 6 lbs 6 oz daughter into the world.

She didn't do it drug free, but she got a vaginal birth. She's very happy with the way things went, and I'm so happy for her!! Smile

I'm glad my thoughts were wrong, I'm so glad she didn't need a c-section!!!

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Yippee! Glad it worked out so well!

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Glad all is okay!

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I'm glad she had a vaginal birth and that she feels good about how it went. Congratst to her!