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abigailsilva October 30th, 2006 09:33 AM

To worry or not to worry? I personally don't go along with the blanket assumption that it's always a deadly situation as depicted by shows like Birth Day...but then I found a site that actually discusses the different meanings and how to decifer them, since we all give birth at home, many unnasissted, i thought it would be good to include this link.....

sorry you actually have to scroll down and click on the meconium link...

My_Serenity October 30th, 2006 10:56 AM

That's a great article... thanks for posting it.

With Xander he passed maconium and he was in distress. I didn't even know this until after he was born. Right before I pushed him out I remember my midwife saying push as if you're trying to save your baby's life. She was so super calm that I just thought she was trying to help me with pushing him out... not that she actually meant it that way. As soon as she said that I was able to push out his head with the next push. Heh... like I said I didn't even know what was going on until I was talking with the midwifes assistant and she told me we wouldn't have even had time to transport to the hospital. I had to get him out right then or there or things would've gotten even scarier. He was fine and we didn't have to transfer at all... they were able to suction everything out really easily.

If you read Aiden's birth story then you know that he also had maconium but that was because he was post term. I wish I would have been able to read that article before I had him though. It really freaked me out when my midwife said there were flecks of maconium because of what happened with Xander. She had to calm me down and explain it to me!

abigailsilva October 30th, 2006 11:17 AM

yeah, i used to watch maternity ward ALL THE TIME, like every day when I was PG with DD. I totally beleived that it was always an emergency, never even occured to me otherwise till I started reading all these birth stories where that happens and it's no big deal.

MrsPil October 30th, 2006 01:52 PM

I'm not one to freak out over that - I don't think I would transfer for meconium staining, at least not unless baby's heartrate was slowing... Reminds me I need to get a doppler for the birth. Anyhow, I don't see it as a huge deal particularly not if you're going to be breastfeeding. Variations of normal KWIM?

abigailsilva October 30th, 2006 02:23 PM


momma6_2angels October 31st, 2006 06:55 AM

That was a neat site, thank you for sharing!!

crunchymama November 4th, 2006 12:32 PM

Aidan had meconium and I didn't even know about it at all. I transferred to a homebirth midwife at 20 weeks with Kaelin and saw it when I was looking at my medical records.

LaLa November 4th, 2006 07:19 PM

Not somethign Ive ever had to deal with personally, but I certainly dont consider it an emergency. Again, just a variation of normal. But yes, OBs tend to freak, esp on those high drama birth shows lol. After all, if they dont make a big deal out of it, theyd have to fish for something else to make a big deal over.


*:Onei*Chan:* November 4th, 2006 10:14 PM

It CAN be a sign of distress, but really ONLY if it is accompanied by other signs of distress. I think they make way too big of a deal out of it! Thanks for the article Abbey, you always find the best ones!

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