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    Default 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/art...ly.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
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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. 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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    Quote Originally Posted by sarahsunshine View Post
    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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