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cord around neck

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Bell2 Tue 01-Feb-05 16:46:47

Hello all
I bought a doppler when I was in my first trimester as I had problems with a hematoma etc and occasionally I still use it now I'm 39 weeks. Anyway baby is engaged but when I use the doppler I can hear cord sounds way down where the baby's head is - below the heartbeat. I'm now so worried that he has the cord around his neck. I know this is common but I have this fear that something bad is going to happen in labour. If only I hadn't checked

Does anyone have an previous experience of the cord beinga around the neck in labour or can offer my any advice to calm me down please.
Thanks Jo x

MunchedTooManyMarsLady Tue 01-Feb-05 16:50:10

DD1 had the cord around her neck at birth. The midwife was wonderful. They discovered this as her head was being delivered. They made me stop pushing whilst they tried to move the cord, but because it was around her neck twice they gave me a ventouse delivery (so that they could control the speed) and cut the cord before delivering her. She is a very healthy 10 year old now.

Don't worry though, I'm assuming that you aren't really trained in what sounds you should hear etc (forgive me my presumption). Talk your worries over with a midwife. It'll all be fine. hth

jessicasmummy Tue 01-Feb-05 16:50:21

this might not calm you, but my dd was born with the cord round her neck and not breathing. they had to clamp the cord really short and whisk her off before we really knew for sure she was a girl. She was brought back to me 4 minutes later after having 5 squirts of oxygen and she has been absolutely fine.... dont worry too much. i think it is so common nowadays. the midwife at the time was fantastic and said it happens an awful lot.... try not to worry. little one will be fine, im sure xxx

jellyhead Tue 01-Feb-05 16:56:04

Bell2 I have never known a cord position being detected by doppler. I am a lapsed midwife and now a neonatal nurse and have never had the experience of a cord being detected it that way.
When you listen in to a pregnant tummy you hear all sorts of noises and deferred sounds, I don't think you are hearing 'cord sounds' at all but do tell your midwife you are worried so she/he can reassure you as well.

LIZS Tue 01-Feb-05 17:01:22

I'm not sure that it is necessarily easy to pick it up from just the sounds unless you ar trained to do so -could it be the placenta or cord in front of the baby rather than below/around. ds was born with cord wrapped around his neck and tbh I'm still surprised they didn't make any efforts to accelerate the labour as he has decelerations throughout, became distressed and was eventually a ventouse delivery. Could you ask your mw to check it or at least make them aware of your concerns so that when you do go into labour they can look out for other signs or even scan to check to reassure you.

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