Nuchal cord and vaginal birth?
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January 22nd, 2010, 02:53 PM
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Washington State
it's rarely a problem unless it's combined with a short cord or a true knot. Cord around the neck is very very common and not a big deal the majority of the time. Honestly its one of my biggest pet peeves to hear people talk about how the cord was around their neck and a c/s "saved" the baby. My first had the cord around her neck, no biggie, second had it wrapped around her shoulders, again no problem.
Technically the cord can't "choke" the baby as that indicates cutting off the airway, in utero babies don't breathe that way. The true culprit is pinching of the cord and stopping the blood flow and it would have to be pretty tightly pulled for that to happen.
Yes, problems can occur, just not as common as people make it out to be.
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