Cord Not Attached To My Son

Cynthia Flynn's picture


Dear Midwife,I just had a question I hoped you could answer for me.

About a year and a half ago I got pregnant and when I was a week from delivery my doctor told me my baby didn't have a heartbeat. I went through with the delivery and they found that the cord was no longer attached to my son but he was almost seven pounds and looked perfect. The doctor forgot to run tests on the cord to find out why this happened.

Have you ever heard of this? My husband and I are trying to get pregnant again and I just wanted to know how long it should take. My period isn't due for another 2 weeks or so and I'm kind of spotting/bleeding; not full on period or anything. Is this normal? can I still be pregnant?

Thank you,


It sounds like you had what is called a "cord accident" and I am SO sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine your pain. Cord accidents are very rare and it is very unlikely that such a thing would happen ever again. Usually it's because the cord didn't form perfectly and there was a weak spot in it that the baby pulls loose when it is moving around. These cases are so very sad, both for the family and also for the midwife/doctor.

If your period is due in two weeks, then you are probably ovulating now, and some women have a bit of spotting when they ovulate. It's usually nothing to worry about. Good luck with your next pregnancy.

-- Cynthia, CNM