A Cord Prolapse

Types of Cord Prolapse

There are three types of cord prolapse:

  • Overt cord prolapse

  • Occult cord prolapse

  • Funic presentation”

 

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Nuchal Cords: the perfect scapegoat

“To get this blog going I decided to write about a slight obsession of mine: The fear of, and routine midwifery management of nuchal cords at birth (umbilical cord around the neck). I have written and presented about this topic and have bored the pants off many a person who has made the mistake of mentioning the subject. So, despite telling my colleagues that I had put away my ‘nuchal cord’ soap box I am bringing it out to launch this blog. The content of this post is based on part of a literature review I carried out for my PhD thesis. If you are interested in finding out more you can download a journal article here, a poster here, or my full literature review in my thesis here.”

Below is a minimally assisted hospital birth. The baby has the cord wrapped around 4 times and is doing great!

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9 Surprising Facts About The Cord Around A Baby’s Neck

“A nuchal cord (cord around the neck) is one of many things that mothers-to-be fear about childbirth. The thought of their precious baby being ‘strangled’ by their umbilical cord can cause so much worry.

Luckily, unborn babies get nutrients and oxygen via the umbilical cord, not by breathing it in through their nose and mouth, which may eliminate some fear right there. They don’t need their neck to breathe.”

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Delayed Cord Clamping – Why You Should Demand It

“Umbilical cord blood is a baby’s life blood until birth. It contains many wonderfully precious cells, like stem cells, red blood cells and white blood cells (including cancer-fighting T-cells) to help fight disease and infection.”

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Delayed Cord Clamping: An All of Human History Practice (20th Century Exempted)

Left: a still-working cord. Right: a cord that is ready to be cut.

“There are many things that help our children to be as healthy as possible during their first minutes, hours, days, months and years. If the findings of some new research are correct, then ensuring that our babies get their full volume of blood as they are born might be one of the more important steps we can take for the well-being of our children.”

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