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Placenta delivered with the baby?

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TipBoov Sat 14-May-16 23:13:35

I gave birth to DS1 4 years ago, and tried to get a debrief of the birth shortly afterwards, but my GP wasnt much help, and I didn't persue it.

I'm pregnant with DC2 and have been thinking back to DS1's birth. One thing that has been bothering me is that he was born with the placenta attached, ie the placenta came out a second after he did. I've googled and can't find anything about this - is it common?

ArgyMargy Sat 14-May-16 23:17:40

Why is it bothering you?

WellErrr Sat 14-May-16 23:18:53

It can be in sheep and dogs <helpful>

I'm sure it's fine.

BaronessBomburst Sat 14-May-16 23:21:20

I can't even remember the placenta!
I'm sure it can't have been much afterwards as I DO remember the cup of coffee and the cheese sandwich I was given. Best coffee I ever tasted.

TeaandHobnobs Sat 14-May-16 23:21:37

If it is really concerning you, request a copy of your notes, and ask for a debrief / consultant review now.
DC1 was born with placenta coming out straight after, but I had a suspected "slow-burn" placental abruption. The histology on the placenta etc was inconclusive, but I was consultant-led for DC2 (because DC1 was born prem too), and had extra checks on my placenta development and blood flow.

WhatTheActualFugg Sat 14-May-16 23:23:21

This is all the rage now probably just with London types. It's call Lotus birthing. The cord remains uncut until it falls off naturally.

How the hell it can be healthy to keep your newborn baby wired up to a rotting, dead piece of flesh is beyond me. But then so are lots of other things.

TipBoov Sat 14-May-16 23:31:40

Sorry if I wasn't clear - I didn't mean delayed cord cutting, I mean that there was no 3rd stage, the baby and placenta were delivered at the same time.

argy it's bothering me because it was a difficult birth, my son was in distress and his heart rate was dropping with each contraction and not returning to its normal rate. There is a lot of info re choosing how to deliver the placenta, which leads me to think it's not normal/common, and I'm trying to find out why, as I'm trying to decide whether to opt for a c-section or a natural birth.

TipBoov Sat 14-May-16 23:34:02

tea I thought it may be due to placental abruption. I was 2 weeks overdue and thought that the placenta may have failed due to how overdue I was/how long the labour was.

My midwife for this pregnancy is arranging for me to meet with the supervisor of midwifes for a debrief. Both pregnancies are IVF and so I'm understandably anxious about the whole process.

BaronessBomburst Sun 15-May-16 00:04:12

DS was 10 days overdue too, and I was induced as they were concerned about the lack of amniotic fluid. (There was plenty; he was hiding it)
I've just talked to DH about it. He says it was shortly afterwards BUT he'd already cut the cord so, not immediately. I really don't remember. blush

CountessOfStrathearn Sun 15-May-16 00:08:11

You'd have to wonder if there had been some sort of placental abruption if that's what happened. The debrief would help in terms of the recorded timings of things as it really would be very, very unusual. Hopefully that will also allow you and your doctor/MW to make the best choices about how this baby should be delivered.

MiyakoOdori Sun 15-May-16 00:10:05

Both mine were overdue DS one day short of two weeks over. From what I can vaguely remember the placenta came away fairly quick like.

They should have a history of the birth in your notes which would make things clearer.

NewLife4Me Sun 15-May-16 00:12:08

It is pretty much straight away as I had the opposite twice and no placenta.
That's horrible, and the words we'll have to call upstairs was enough for me the second time and I pushed like mad and the midwife pressed down on me.
Not pleasant but far preferable to the next solution, I had to have with ds2, believe me.

DontDeadOpenInside Sun 15-May-16 00:29:22

My 10m dd was an undiagnosed breech, she came out bum, foot, cord, whole placenta, foot, body, head, arms. If I have another I'm having an elective c section. How do you go about getting a debrief?

Babytalkobsession Sun 15-May-16 07:36:53

Whatthefugg it helps to actually read the OP before writing a reply.

Hi OP, I've not heard of this happening, but then I think generally there's not much info / education about the 3rd stage.

Congratulations. I hope you get the answers you need from your debrief so that you can have a positive labour experience with dc2.

No two labours are the same so what happened with your first won't necessarily happen this time but you're right to get answers, to give you understanding of what it all means, so you'll be better equipped if you need to make decisions during your second labour. Good luck flowers

TipBoov Sun 15-May-16 10:01:48

Thanks, I'm hoping the debrief will help. I'd just buried the memories and now they are all flooding back!

KatyN Sun 15-May-16 21:51:55

I had a meeting with the mw matron before my daughter was born and she was amazing. My son (4 years earlier) was in distress in labour then had a collapsed lung and spent time in nicu. I had so many questions for the mw and needed reassurance.
Of course I am no use in your question about placentas but I can share that seeing the matron was amazing. Hope she is as great for you!!


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