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C section delivery due to cord around the babys neck - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, I had a C-section on June 1st 2010. My baby and I are doing well. I had a very healthy pregnancy. My baby's head was not engaged till 31st May 2010, and a scan taken on this day did not mention that cord was around the baby's neck. On June 1st around 6:30 am, my water broke and I went to the hospital. I had very mild contractions every 15 minutes. The baby's heart beat, my BP, fluid level, everything was absolutely normal. My doctor without examining me or waiting for contractions to begin, scheduled a c-section saying it was an emergency. She said that as the head is not engaged and water has broken, it would pose a risk to the baby. After the surgery the diagnosis shows that cord was around the baby's neck. I feel that I have been cheated into this surgery. I deeply regret that I have not experienced the birthing process. Please let me know if what I feel is correct.
Doctor :   hello
Doctor :   i am Dr here
User :   Hello doctor
Doctor :   give me a min let me read your query
User :   sure
Doctor :   well i will be honest with you, your doctor took the right decision ..
Doctor :   cord around the fetus can cause fetal distress.. and we cannot take any chances
User :   i have been reading up a lot of things on the internet, and i have read forums where doctors wait for 48 hours until after water breaks
User :   but without any information, how can the doctor know that cord was around the neck and take a decision to operate on me?
User :   as the scan on the previous day did not mention cord being around the neck
Doctor :   it completely lies to discretionary of your gynecologist .
User :   is it possible that the baby's head did not engage because cord was around her neck?
Doctor :   some doctors can be aggressive with their approach and wait and other do it without taking any chances
Doctor :   whats more important is your baby is healthy
User :   that is very true.. but i was looking forward to a normal delivery and was very healthy
Doctor :   may i know your age please
User :   without examining me or even meeting me, she had the operation scheduled
User :   i am 28 years old
User :   she just said it was an emergency, and scared all of us
User :   i just informed her that my water broke, she asked me to goto the hospital, they prepared me without even telling me i am going to get operated
Doctor :   but the report did suggest that the cord was around the baby neck, and that is a strong indication for a C section
User :   while i was taken only i came to know that i was going to the OT, i thought i was going to labor ward
User :   she told that only after the surgery
User :   how could she have know before examining me?
Doctor :   can i tell you one thing honestly ...
User :   please
Doctor :   well since the LATER report suggested that the cord was around the baby neck so you just got very LUCKY with your baby ..,. as if it was a normal vaginal delivery with the cord around the neck it would have been not good
User :   hmm...but how do i know that the doctor didnt cheat me?
Doctor :   and would have caused fetal distress .. i know you really wanted to feel child birth the normal way .. but trust me nothing is more important in the world to have your healthy baby without any complications
User :   ok... is it possible for me to have a vaginal delivery next time?>
Doctor :   yeah sure
User :   ok.. final question.. is it possible that the baby's head did not engage because cord was around her neck?
Doctor :   yes it can be the reason ... see you cannot deliver the baby UNLESS the head engages
User :   but the head can engage during delivery too right?
User :   i mean during labor
User :   my friend had pitocin or something inserted after water broke and got labor indiced
User :   induced*
Doctor :   no one wants to take any risk when a small beautiful life is at stake
User :   she had a normal delivery
User :   hmm true..
Doctor :   no two patients are same
Doctor :   in medicine we cannot predict if one got it the other will too
User :   ok... i am almost convinced
User :   i hope i have a normal delivery next time
User :   i thank you so much doctor
Doctor :   u have a healthy baby and you are doing fine your self and YES YOU CAN have a normal pregnancy again
User :   thank you :)
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   take care
User :   you too, it was great talking to you
Doctor :   thank you
User :   good night!
Doctor :   good night
Doctor :   bye bye
User :   bye! :)
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