Dispelling the Fear About the Umbilical Cord

Dispelling the Fear About the Umbilical Cord

My friend and midwife, Jocelyn, passed this article on to me. I thought it was an important piece to post on the blog since I often hear women express their concern about the umbilical cord being wrapped around some part of their baby. About 1/3 of babies are born with a nuchal cord (the umbilical cord around the neck) or the cord entangled around the baby’s torso. The majority of the time this is completely harmless, the doctor may clamp the cord and cut it as the baby is emerging. Other times, the care provider can actually somersault the baby out and disentangle the baby.

Dr. Stuart J. Fischbein, MD FACOG, BAC, board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology wrote an interesting article from his perspective about this phenomenon. Please read!

Dispelling a Myth About the Umbilical Cord

The umbilical cord around the fetus’s neck cannot strangle your baby! There, I said it. Now, let’s discuss the logic behind this truth. Nature has devised a system to nourish the developing baby inside the womb of all mammals. The placenta and umbilical cord are an amazing creation of both form and function. The placenta acts as a factory for hormones to support the pregnancy, a filter that among a myriad of tasks acts to bring in good things and remove waste and provides a reserve of blood and oxygen to support the baby through labor. The umbilical cord is the conduit by which nutrients such as sugar and oxygen help feed the baby via its two veins while through its one artery passes the waste by-products of growth.

Understanding how a baby gets its oxygen allows us to understand why a baby cannot strangle or “choke” on its cord. In order to choke, one must be using its trachea to breath air. Clearly, there is no air in the uterus, the baby does not breathe through its throat and, therefore, cannot choke. When an ultrasound reveals the cord around the neck it is a normal human response to anthropormorphasize the intrauterine baby to our extrauterine experience. But this is not the case and there is no reason to have fear. So, let’s dispel once and for all the rumor that a cord around the neck (nuchal cord) is more dangerous than any other situation. About 35-40% of normal term babies are born with the cord around the neck at least once. It can also be wrapped around the body or legs or even at times have a true knot. None of which are usually significant as the cord is designed to deal with this.

Cord compression can occur anytime during pregnancy. The cord is well equipped to handle temporary squeezing as the 3 vessels are cushioned by a matrix called Wharton’s jelly and the surrounding amniotic fluid. In labor, sometimes after the bag of waters breaks and fluid leaks out, the cord can be repeatedly compressed with contractions. This is not uncommon and is not, by itself, a sign of distress. Your practitioner or nurse can listen to or interpret the fetal heart rate pattern to know whether any intervention is necessary. And the compression of the cord almost never is an emergency or a cause for the tragic death of a baby inside the womb. When that tragedy occurs we all want to know why and often, mistakenly, we are told it was a “cord accident”. Compared to the number of times I have heard this mentioned by patients or news stories the real truth is that this is a very rare event.

Another response to this matter from Dr. Fischbein

There is a big difference from what happens when a baby is crowning and the cord is compressed and what I was saying. Of course a cord can be compressed and the heart rate drop dramatically. This a vagal nerve reaction, normal and generally transient. If prolonged then the baby needs assistance to be delivered if delivery is not imminent. Also, in some cases, a tight nuchal cord can cause ecchymosis (black and blueness) and hyperemia from compression of the jugular veins more than the carotid arteries. But to cut off blood flow to the brain completely unnoticed inside the uterus is a very rare event. The point of my article was to dispel the idea that babies can choke simply because the cord is around the neck in utero and that should be used for a reason to instill unnecessary fear which can lead to an unnecessary c/section as Kathryn implies. There will always be exceptions to any rule but I believe it is wrong to counsel all women with a really rare, fear-based, worse case scenario mentality.

While unfortunately, some babies do suffer fatalities during pregnancy and labor, please be reassured that many babies do have a nuchal cord and can be delivered completely unharmed and healthy.

For those interested in this topic, I would like to share another interesting article by midwife, Rachel Reed; Nuchal Cords: the perfect scapegoat (Here is a snippet of it to pique your interest) The nuchal cord has become the perfect scapegoat because it lays blame with the mother/baby rather than the careprovider/system. The result is that fear about nuchal cords is embedded within our culture. Whenever I read a story about an unexpected birth outside of hospital it always seems to involve a nuchal cord. The story being about how lucky the baby was to survive the dangers of a nuchal cord away from the experts who can manage such a complication. In addition, I have heard too many birth stories where the complications were unfairly blamed on the presence of a nuchal cord. READ MORE

  • Kate
    Posted at 14:22h, 09 October

    Very interesting and informative, thanks for passing that along.

  • Joe Hart
    Posted at 18:24h, 10 October


    My son (in a breech position) was scheduled for a c-section at 39 weeks on October 8th. On October 5th he didn’t move as frequently as normally so we went to the hospital to find out what was happening. Our baby had no heartbeat not long after he had a strong, measured heartbeat at a regular appointment. He was delivered by c-section on October 5th with the cord wrapped around his neck four times, and this was indicated as the cause of his death.

    I find it very irresponsible for you to claim in your story that this is a “myth”. I would strongly encourage all parents to pay very close attention to regular fetal movement. If you have any slight indication there might be something out of the ordinary going on, take it very seriously.

    • emer
      Posted at 18:04h, 26 December

      i agree with you I act find this artical very upsetting. I lost my daughter due to chord accident at 39 weeks gestation. people like this annoying me they are not doctors but try and preach like they are

    • Crystal
      Posted at 14:28h, 14 February

      Totally agree. I also find this claim/article to be very misleading as well as completely incorrect. My precious daughter was born without her heartbeating at 35 weeks on May 2nd, 2013 because the cord wrapped around her neck. There were obvious signs of strangulation (puffy eyelids & deep bruising on her neck). The autopsy revealed this was the only cause of death and nothing else. Please revise this article as it is. It the truth and those who are pregnant should be concerned as this is a real threat to your unborn baby.

    • Berk
      Posted at 20:34h, 12 March

      Idiot, my daughter died from her own cord. No blood gets to brain, death occurs. Strangulation is not about breathing but blood flow to the brain.

    • Karissa L Hatter
      Posted at 01:06h, 17 December

      I totally agree. I delivered my stillborn baby boy at 32 weeks. ELIJAH DWAYNE died on November 10th 2015 after kicking and twirling all morning. The umbilical cord ruptured. As a registered nurse, I did a full assessment on him and he was pretty well developed. Ears were not low set, nares were equal in size and round, skull fissures were not strongly intact which is normal at his age. His skin looked good and joints were good. It’s very very heartbreaking. 1 in 160…. that is the likelihood of delivering your baby stillborn in the U.S. 1 in 4 end in miscarriage, stillbirth or demise within the first 30 days (I believe). That is a huge huge number. We need to spread awareness!! Find the answer to the question of “Why did My Perfect Baby Boys heart stop bEaTiNg?”

      • Deb
        Posted at 01:31h, 17 December

        Hi Karissa,

        I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your son, Elijah Dwayne. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.


  • Deb
    Posted at 08:04h, 12 October

    Hi Joe,

    I am terribly sorry to hear of the loss of your son.

    I also thank you for sharing your story and your disagreement with Dr. Fischbein’s article. I believe the message behind the article is to explain the tragic occurrence of fetal death through cord compression is very rare and not often solely because of this condition. This is not to dismiss your experience in the slightest and to say it doesn’t ever happen, however for the 30-40% of babies born with a nuchal cord, this is usually an easily remedied situation at birth.

    I completely agree with you that parents should pay close attention to fetal movement through out pregnancy and contact their care provider should they experience something out of the ordinary.

    Again, I offer my condolences for the loss of your baby.


    • Deborah
      Posted at 10:26h, 20 October

      I happen to also disagree with the article. I lost my son 2 and a half years ago when I was 7 1/2 months pregnant. I went in for a normal check up and they could not find his heart beat so they told me to go to the ER cause they have better equipment. So my husband and I went to the ER and they had the same results no heart beat! They then proceeded to tell me that they where going to induce me. After being induced for a day and a half I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy. The doctor said the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck twice. So we decided to get an autopsy done to check for any abnormalities. And surprise surprise there where none. So my son did die because of his umbilical cord being wrapped around his neck in the womb.

      • Mary
        Posted at 04:19h, 16 November

        We had the same situation Deborah. I am 7 months pregnant and just lost my baby boy last October 22, 2013 because of the nuchal cord wrapped around his neck twice. He is so healthy and does not have any abnormalities. I am still under emotional recovery now. Still can’t move on to what happened.

  • amanda
    Posted at 08:01h, 19 December

    maybe the baby isnt breathing through its mouth to cut off air to the lungs but it can be wrapped tight enough to cut off blood supply and oxygen to the brain! are you a real doctor?

    • vali
      Posted at 20:52h, 14 December

      im the grandmother of 39 week old baby who died in utero because the chord was wound around her neck .one arm and legs…the pregnancy was completely normal and only the ultra sound scan discovered that there was no heart beat…..mother blaming herself for not noticing anything anything wrong…baby was active all along…the baby was completely normal and healthy in all other ways..it is definitely no myth

      • Amy
        Posted at 09:12h, 21 December

        I completely agree…we lost our son at 38 and 1/2 weeks on 12/3/13…didnt notice him moving normally and went to the dr and no heartbeat was found. When I delivered the cord was around his neck and more than likely that was the cause of death. I had a completely normal and healthy pregnancy…it’s something you never think about happening and it’s very hard going through labor knowing your baby isnt alive because the whole time you are pregnant you imagine holding them for the first time and in this situation one never gets to experience that happy moment.

  • Deb
    Posted at 07:30h, 29 December

    Hi Amanda

    Thank you for your response. No I am not a medical doctor, nor have I ever claimed to be. I am a certified labor support doula and childbirth educator. The blog you commented on was written by Dr. Stuart J. Fischbein, MD FACOG, BAC , who has over 20 years experience as a OB/GYN.

    The point he is making in his article is, the baby can not be “strangled”, however there is a very, very slight chance that the cord can be compressed enough to cut off the oxygen to the baby.

    Thank you for your comment.


    • J
      Posted at 01:17h, 13 September

      This is extremely irresponsible for you to use the word myth while then admitting in yor comment it does happen but rarely. If it happens its not a myth.

      If you mean to say chocking bc oxygen is not flowing through the mouth then yes…but it will cut oxygen and blood flow to the brain as was mentioned. Just as if I tied a rope around your foot you would have an issue. You don’t breathe through your foot but if you cut blood flow to the foot you will have a problem. If you are a few days from delivering why take the risk…get the baby out. Rare is enough to make it worth saving the one in one million babies this could happen to and preventing tragedy. This is quite irresponsible.

  • Frank
    Posted at 11:11h, 19 October

    This is a bunch of crap…..my friends baby just died from the cord wrapping aroung the baby neck and killing it just 4 days before it was supposed to be born !

  • Sarai
    Posted at 19:33h, 19 October

    my friend’s baby died this moring for this very reason…i totally agree with Frank…a bunch of crap

  • Deb
    Posted at 10:05h, 21 October

    Hi Frank and Sarai

    I am truly sorry to hear of your devastating loss and appreciate the time you have taken to add a comment to my blog.

    While, I am in no way discrediting the circumstances for which your friends are suffering through- I did want to pass along some information that might help remove the fear and concern for future pregnancies that you or your friends may encounter.

    These two articles are from medscape- a well respected medical website and the March of Dimes.


    Nuchal cord

    The cord may become coiled around various parts of the body of the fetus, usually around the neck. Nuchal cord is caused by movement of the fetus through a loop of cord.

    One loop around the neck occurs in approximately 20% of cases,27 and multiple loops occur in up to 5% of pregnancies.28

    Nuchal cord has been associated with labor induction and augmentation, prolonged second stage of labor, and fetal heart rate abnormalities. One report has described a decrease in umbilical cord pH at delivery with nuchal cord, but the difference found (7.32 vs 7.30) does not appear to be clinically significant.29

    Nuchal cord can be detected using color Doppler ultrasound, with a sensitivity of over 90%.30

    Nuchal cords rarely cause fetal demise and are not intrinsic reasons for intervention.28,31 Given the minor decrease in pH, fetal monitoring in labor would appear to be prudent, but no data are available to address this issue.


    What is a nuchal cord?
    About 25 percent of babies are born with a nuchal cord (the umbilical cord wrapped around the baby’s neck) (1). A nuchal cord, also called nuchal loops, rarely causes any problems. Babies with a nuchal cord are generally healthy.

    Sometimes fetal monitoring shows heart rate abnormalities during labor and delivery in babies with a nuchal cord. This may reflect pressure on the cord. However, the pressure is rarely serious enough to cause death or any lasting problems, although occasionally a cesarean delivery may be needed.

    Less frequently, the umbilical cord becomes wrapped around other parts of the baby’s body, such as a foot or hand. Generally, this doesn’t harm the baby.

    Again, my sincere condolences for your loss.


  • Holly
    Posted at 09:44h, 29 October

    My baby boy died from nuchal chord. The evidence was in that , not only was the chord around his neck twice, but also there was NO amniotic fluid around him, meaning that the flow of blood and nutrients was stopped. I don’t and will never know why this RARE thing happened to my boy. All I know is that despite the many people, doctors, etc. who say it, nuchal chord does kill babies, just rarely. My case had hard evidence in the lack of fluid. And, no, I didn’t leak any out. My bag had to be ruptured when I was induced. It was empty. This was a shock to me and my Doc.

    • Katherine
      Posted at 22:34h, 15 April

      I’m so sorry for your loss….but I have to ask did they figure out why it happened…the same thing happened to me and I am now pregnant again and all I can think is that this will be the end result again…

  • Stuart
    Posted at 22:17h, 25 January

    Oops, its 2 arteries and 1 vein. Sorry. Dr. F

  • Jeanine
    Posted at 19:46h, 18 February

    I also believe that the cord wrapped around a babies neck in the womb can be damaging. My sons cord was wrapped around his neck three times. I was 37 weeks and was delievered by section. Thank god I still have my son today. But he is affected in the way that he is unable to feed on his own. He has been unable to suck properly since birth most of his feeding is done by tub. What they are giving me for an answer is called central hypertonia. His mouth neck and back is affected by this and it makes me wonder that his cord being around his neck was not the cause of this.

  • Inga
    Posted at 20:08h, 26 February

    This is not true my baby died because of this when i was 7 months pregnant it got strangled in the womb.

  • Julie
    Posted at 21:55h, 27 February

    Like Holly my son died of the cord being wrapped around his foot. I stopped feeling his fetal kicks the day before at 36 weeks. I had no fluid no rupture I was completly intacted. In the hospital they discoved no fetal heart rate. He is my percet angel named Zachery.

  • vero1225
    Posted at 20:50h, 01 April

    thank you so much i feel so much better now n relaxed. i went to get a sonogram done n later on seeing the dvd saw that the cord was kind of around the babys neck n worried alot since i had 2 mc within 7 months. so reading this was like God giving me a sign everything was going to be ok. Thk u

  • ann
    Posted at 21:45h, 23 April

    Thank you also, this article makes sense. to the people making alarmist comments … “nature” would not provide such dangerous condition for a fetus! our pop. would be low.
    2) to those whom suffered losses (reading between the lines)- I also believe something else was going on inside. I also, know the umbilical cord is very long in thelast trimester. I also know most OBGYN see you every week prior to you due date. With all that said.if future mommies are STILL worried…. buy a stethoscope & monitor your baby 35 week to the due date.

    The womb = wonderful & amazing .

  • ann
    Posted at 22:02h, 23 April

    2nd theory here: Malpractice insurance is very high $350k TO 1/2 a million is common. Most obgyn do no carry it for this same reason. I looked up nuchal cord its very RARE & when death happen the full recorded is missing from the hospitals… which means someone cut the umbilical cord too early or messed-up the delivery.

    Easy scaped-goat = is the umbilical cord.

    because the parents will grief BUT not $ue

  • Crystal
    Posted at 15:05h, 05 May

    Wherever you got your information from is wrong.Whatever you have to say here doesn’t change the fact that I held my dead son in my arms.Looked at his purple face and unwrapped the cord from around his neck twice.He was strangled by the cord in utero 8 weeks prior to my delivery.Stop spreading misinformation about this.It is insulting to those that have lost their children from it.

  • Kate
    Posted at 18:20h, 13 May

    Crystal, I’m so sorry for your loss but what kind of a doctor would allow you to unwrap the umbilical chord yourself without trying some kind of resuscitation?

    My son was also born with the chord wrapped tightly around his neck. As others have mentioned, for him, the fear was a lack of oxygen to his brain which would then have caused his organs to shut down (first). Thankfully he lived and is healthy and happy almost ten years later.

  • Julie
    Posted at 07:17h, 28 May

    28 years ago my oldest daughter almost died from a cord wrapped 4 times around her neck and shoulder during delivery. While I was pushing her heart rate dropped dramatically and the delivery room staff flew into action with the OB cutting me through my rectum, using forceps and nursing staff pushing on my stomach until she was delivered as a 1 on the Apgar scale. She is normal and healthy in everyway and I thank my lucky stars that I was in the hospital surrounded by medical professionals who knew what to do and saved her. She is my miracle baby!! My niece was not so lucky yesterday and I write with tears in my eyes. She attempted a home delivery with her second baby. The baby had the cord wrapped around her neck and by the time the midwife called for assistance and they got to the hospital the baby girl was dead. Our family is heartbroken and in shock. All I can say is that wrapped cords are SERIOUS and should be taken VERY SERIOUSLY.

  • amol
    Posted at 06:55h, 18 June

    just 2 days before we lost our baby because the cord was wrapped around his neck and it was very tightly wrapped. The baby was healthy and we were just week behind the due date. We dont have words to explain how we are feeling. This is very very sad reason.

  • Naraa
    Posted at 01:02h, 26 June

    I am 34 years. from Mongolia. I have one child who is 9 years old boy. I can`t give birth 2 times since my lovely son. I want to give birth, but I can`t it. First time, In 2009, when my baby died at 14 weeks cause of the cord was wrapped around his neck 3 times, I thought that in the next time it would not happened me again. I really hoped it. Then about 15th of June, 2011, I felt very bad energy and I went to doctor . The doctor said me that your baby was died, no heart beating. I was shocked and I don`t understand what was happened me. Baby was 18 weeks. For this reason my husband and I went (took off) to do analysis to the Beijing Wuzhou woman`s hospital of China. He was delivered on17th of June with the cord was knotted 50 times ( get tied up), and this was indicated as the cause of his death. My and baby`s analysis will be ready after 1 month. Our RH is fine, not B, C and any viruses, triple test was fine during my pregnancy. Now I feel sometimes angry or very depressed. I would love to know how it was happened. My husband and I are researching the good hospital that which has rich experience at birth control. Please tell me If any body listen that fact. My address is naraa_3549@yahoo.com

  • L. Moore
    Posted at 06:28h, 03 August

    My daughter was born with her cord wrapped around her neck twice, very tightly. She was blue and white when she was born, the color of marble. It took a team of 7 to get her to breathe after she was delivered and the cord was cut. Her first Apgar score was a 4. We feel lucky that she has only slight mental disabilities from her delivery.

    I have one friend whose baby boy died in utero after she was sent home from the hospital while in labor. His cord wrapped around his neck.

    The mother of one of my students lost a baby when the cord wrapped around the baby’s stomach and killed her in utero.

    I know people involved with deliveries want to minimize the danger of birth, but that should not include denying the realities of what can happen.

  • jt
    Posted at 16:26h, 18 August

    Well..my friend just lost her baby girl at 37 weeks because the cord was tied in a knot…so..it is a big deal and maybe a c section isn’t such a bad choice if it could possibly save your baby

  • hollye
    Posted at 19:16h, 21 September

    im sorry but i do not care what doctors say about babies not taking a breathe to be strangled. babies are strangled! when there is something squeezing around the neck and preventing oxygen and circulation to a very important body part, they are being strangled! Last week on sept 13th 2011, at 38 weeks, i went to the hospital for lack of fetal movement. thought for sure i was going to be told he was cramped inside my womb not moving as much, but he had no heartbeat. i had to deliver him. 408 am on the 14th i delivered my son. it was the hardest thing ever, found out he had the cord wrapped 5 times tightly around his neck and once around his body. he was a very active baby. he was strangled and killed by the cord no more or less. if the cord wasnt around his neck id have him right now. oh and its a load of crap that babies born sleeping are not conscidered humans because they never took a breathe! r.i.p. evan mommy and daddy love you.

  • Andra
    Posted at 22:54h, 04 November

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  • Renee
    Posted at 11:21h, 16 November

    i am very worried now i am 28weeks and at times i hardly feel my baby move usually she moves alot but she has been moving less and less can this be something i should talk to my doctor about a.s.a.p? Reading all these comments really got me thinking and got me sad i’m sorry for all of you tht loss your babies sad thing and now i’m very worried and i’ panicing. What should i do?

  • Lina
    Posted at 13:26h, 22 November

    Very good information! I have been seeking for things similar to this for a time today. Thank you!

  • Natasha
    Posted at 19:48h, 08 December

    I have not yet had the pleasure of having a child so I have never experienced these problems, nor do I know anyone who has. I am deeply sorry to those that have had losses from the cord wrapped around their unborn child.
    However, I have to say that the people leaving comments about the article being irresponsible or wrong must not have paid very close attention. It says it is RARE, not impossible, for the cord to kill a fetus. Obviously, those people are part of the RARE statistic.
    True, a fetus can not be killed by strangulation, but they can be killed by SUFFOCATION.
    Suffocation: To kill or destroy by preventing access of air or oxygen.
    Clearly this can happen if the CORD or NECK of the fetus is squeezed too tightly as it is cutting off the blood supply to the brain therefore preventing oxygen from reaching the brain.
    Just to make it clear though, I am not any type of medical professional, I’m just not stupid.
    Under the same subject, but a different topic, if you are in labor and something doesn’t feel right, don’t let the doctor talk you out of a C-section. Yes, there is a point where it’s too late for a C-section but if you’re not there yet, stand your ground. I have heard and read so many stories about parents asking for a C-section because something seems off but they let the doctor bully them out of it and their child died or had severe mental or physical disabilities because of it.
    In fact, don’t let a doctor do ANYTHING to you period without your permission and knowing what it is first. This is called battery and is very much illegal.

  • Nae
    Posted at 03:38h, 14 December

    my son was born with the cord around his neck. he is perfectly fine. it is RARE that babies die from this. my midwife talked to me about it after i gave birth. i thought it was something that was dangerous but when she told me it RARELY is, then i calmed down about it.
    not to make any one mad or anything but the article states that it is RARE not IMPOSSIBLE. so pls be kind. they are just informing you.

    one again please be kind.

  • carrie
    Posted at 11:52h, 26 January

    My daughter was born at 36 weeks with her cord around her neck 2 times, and it basically strangled her. So I dont understand why someone would say this is a myth. My daughters face was bruised when she was born and you could see the spot on her neck where the cord was so tight.Its sad to say that some people think that this can not happen, it actually upsets me that this “DR” thinks that this can not happen. If he would have seen my baby, then he would have known that she was actually strangled 🙁

  • Rachel
    Posted at 17:44h, 27 January

    Babies can strangle. Mine strangled at 37 1/2 weeks the cord was around her neck 5 times and she had a true knot. Blood flow was stopped to her brain causing her death, Thats strangulation. The kicks and kicks and kicks before she died was indicitive of this. We couldn’t get her out in time. It is important to teach mothers warnings signs and not sugar coat reality.

  • Nick
    Posted at 21:10h, 29 January

    Whoever wrote this article has no clue what there talking about.

  • Lauren
    Posted at 12:14h, 03 February

    My son was just born with a very tight nuchal cord. It had to be cut before he could be delivered. His face was swollen and deep purple from the bruising and he had blood in his eyes from the intense pressure the cord had placed on his face. He spent 6 days in the NICU recovering and we were told by many NICU nurses how lucky we were that he hadn’t suffered any facial paralysis or death because they had seen that happen with cases just like his.
    We’re 3 weeks post partum and his eyes are still badly bruised with blood pooled in his eyes.
    I would challenge anyone to take one look at my little boy and tell me that nuchal cords aren’t serious.

  • Gill Spayne
    Posted at 15:12h, 08 February

    Hello, I lost my baby girl in 1986 after a 12hr labour. She was my first baby. Her cord was wrapped around her neck more than six times! Dont tell me she didn’t die from her cord wrapped around so much. She had gone very quiet in the womb days before, Im sure this contributed to her death!
    The doctors did not shed a lot of light on cause of death, but fairly obvious really!

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 17:51h, 08 February

    I really feel for all the people leaving messages about the loss of their children. Firstly because I cannot imagine losing my son; I have no idea how they have the strength to carry on. And secondly, because I believe some of them *may* have received the wrong information about the passing of their children.

    The person who wrote the article is completely correct when they state a cord cannot prevent a baby from breathing in utero and during labour. At neither time is the baby using its lungs, trachea or nasal passage to breathe. Compression of the trachea is what choking and strangulation is, and suffocation is the prevention of oxygen to the brain. In utero and during labour, a baby is getting oxygen to its brain through numerous arteries . For a cord to be wrapped so tightly the blood is cut off from all of these tiny, tiny arteries is small. Very small. Possible but unlikely.

    A cord is designed to be able to pulse and deliver oxygen to a baby through immense pressure. The number of babies reported to have died through cord related issues is grossly over numbered. Not all doctors and midwives know the true facts about umbilical cords. For example, to cut a baby’s cord before it stops pulsing is to suffocate a baby, yet this is performed as standard in hospital. It’s enough to send a baby into shock and for the baby to require resuscitation. Unless it is suspected the cord is too short to full deliver the baby, the baby should remain connected to the mother until the cord finishes pulsing. That way, there is very little risk for the baby to experience any lack of oxygen.

    Unless a post motem has been carried out on the baby, placenta and cord, no doctor should EVER put the cause of death down as cord related. That’s just absolutely ridiculous. You can’t look at a baby who passed away and say that, just because the cord is around the neck and/or body, that’s how it died. Absolutely outrageous and any parent who hasn’t had the cause of their child’s death properly confirmed, should never just go on a doctor’s assumption.

  • patricia
    Posted at 02:23h, 15 March

    First until you lose a child and see with your own eyes do not try and tell people something else was going on. At 32 weeks I lost my son. The doctors did not know why until I delivered him. He had a true knot and his cord wrapped tightly around his neck 3 times. So tight when I pushed him out all 4 doctors gasped when they seen him and then the placenta came out immediately afterward because the cord was all on my baby he pulled everything out with him. Second I had a two vessel umbilical cord and a very active baby. Hiis growth was ahead a week. Also at 26 weeks they seen my amniotic fluid was high. And just like this article. When I asked what was going on or for more answers I got ‘its fine, these things rarely lead to anything’. Well BS. I lost my son 3 days after asking for another ultrsound because my sons movements were changing. I was told he is fine. I live everyday wishinh I were a doctor or nurse to know what was important. After his death 2 obgyn’s told me they were sorry but this area is not well studied or even taught. Devasting. Yes its rare but my son rare or not deserved a chance t live and have educated doctors that cared enouf about saving THIS baby. And not just being so comfortable to label him a iufd. And move on to the next baby. Not thinking what they could have learned from this for the next mother. And to the person that mentioned the stethescope. I had one and listened daily. At one point I was hearing my own and thought it was my sons heartbeat. At l&d emergency the nurse did the same thing hearing my heart beat instead of my sons. Until any of you with advise or judgment open your truely thoughtless mouths. Think first about the tens of thousands of women who have lost their child to the very thing you say can’t happen or if it does its rare. Rare or not our babies were very real and loved and god given perfect without this accident. Get a heart and try to see and speak throug anothers point of view. Especially when you are posting this for public. Be more thoughtfull. Thank you
    Patricia mommy to halo

  • yhaz
    Posted at 17:11h, 24 March

    I am 36 w 3 d pregnant and starting to worry abt ths but whenever worries would hit me im just thinking that God will not design the nuchal cord to kill your babies. So there might be sumtin wrong aside from strangled cords. Have faith.evrythn hapens for a reason.

  • Stacy
    Posted at 19:53h, 24 April

    Yes, the baby CAN be strangled by the umbilical cord. YOU may not think so and neither might that quack you are quoting, but if that were true why was my daughter born BLUE and with a LACK OF OXYGEN to her brain which caused PERMANENT BRAIN DAMAGE???

    The reason is of course, obvious, but you just don’t want to see it for whatever reason. When you have kids maybe you will understand. It is so frustrating to hear these outright lies.

    And by the way you can stick your condolences up your butt. I would rather you stopped this way of thinking so other children are not harmed instead.

  • Matt
    Posted at 15:42h, 26 April

    Wow, what an insane article.
    You now that cerebal palsy can be caused by the cord wrapped around the neck. Yes a fetus is not breathing air in the womb, but the cord can easily damage.

    This article is like saying;
    “jumping 10 stories won’t kill you, only in some cases”

  • Sheryl
    Posted at 15:13h, 03 May

    My poor daughter 3 days ago went into labor, full term, and her son was born with the cord soo tightly around his neck that he had died, he was full term 7lbs 9 oz and 21 inches long. He was beautiful and perfect in everyway, and tests proved his cord cut off all blood supply to his brain, etc. The person who wrote that article is obviously very uneducated. 6 days prior to his birth/death, they did ultrasounds and EVERYTHING was perfect as it was througout her entire pregnancy.. He had petechia all over his face and crimsom lips from “lack of oxygen”, when the cord is tight around the neck, the cord iself is choked noff causing loss of oxygen. therefor the no the baby doesn’t breath through its mouth or nose, but it does through the cord.. Having this happen IS VERY REAL, and very devastating, and it should never happen, My heart goes out to my daughter and her hubby, and to everyone out there who has gone through such a nightmare.. It is unfair, cruel, and devastatingly heartbreaking.. Heaven has many little angels who have suffered from nuchal cord.. RIP little K.G.B.. we love you sweet little angel.

  • zee
    Posted at 07:43h, 08 May

    Hi I’m 39 weeks pregnant had my doc visit yetserday was told there is a lot of amniotic fluid around the baby when I questioned this they told me I don’t have diabetes and all my scans showed that baby is healthy but when I go into labour the cord could come out before the baby so I would have to be monitored closely reading this article I’m a bit uneasy if these too much fluid in my womb baby is moving more freeley which means that he could get tangled in his cord I’m so sick of worrying now

  • Danielle
    Posted at 16:07h, 25 May

    So if the baby’s heart rate is affected by the cord around the neck…then how is it true that the oxygen level isn’t cut off? My baby while inside wrapped the cord around his neck 3 times. His heartbeat went to 0. Fortunately he is living and no complications. However, he does have some mental issues. Not sure if its related or not. I came to this site to see if it was.

  • Maryellen
    Posted at 21:16h, 10 June

    Ok so all of that is a bunch of crap!! I was born without a left hand because my umbilical cor wrapped around it and i should know if it can cause birth defects so you need to study more!! I am 13 now and i have been made fun of because im a freak.. I have a birth defect that i cant help! How is tht for example!

  • bosbo
    Posted at 06:38h, 11 June

    I can’t help but feel annoyed by this as well.

    My daughters cord was around her neck, shoulders, arm and wrist. It was so tight that no matter how hard the nurse tried there was no unlooping it when her head was out. so once her body was out the cord was cut immediately and she was whisked away as she was incredibly floppy and blue and had truly AWFUL apgars.

    If the cord around the neck is not dangerous why was my baby floppy, blue, unresponsive and had awful apgars?

    I’m angered by this thread.

  • Emily
    Posted at 03:14h, 13 June

    we delievered our baby June 9 2012 baby wA 17 weeks 4 days. cause of death umbilical cord around babies next. .baby was purple at birth we have photos to prove this …. sorry once again this has been proven wrong

  • Eric
    Posted at 07:49h, 23 June

    My son, in his early 20’s, was born blue because cord was wrapped around his neck. The monitor detected he was in distress and an emergency c-section was performed. When he started school we thought he was normal. But he always struggled. I’ve always wondered if circumstances of this birth had anything to do with it. He still struggles today. i am deeply saddened by all the loss shared in this thread. I grieve the loss of what my son could have been had he not gone through this. At least your stories starts to answer some of the questions I have had. Thanks for sharing your stories and pain.

    Sincerely yours.

  • sarah
    Posted at 05:12h, 03 July

    When my sister gave give to her first child, he had oxygen cut off for a full minute because of the umbilical cord being wrapped around his neck. He didn’t die but he has a lot of issues now because of the fact that he went without oxygen for so long. His development mentally is slow and even though he is twelve years old now, he is mentally much younger. How someone could go around producing an article like this just to say something that most people could get if they look up how a baby could breath in the womb is just stupid. Anybody could look it up and know that a baby in the womb breaths through the umbilical cord. But since it’s the source, once it cuts off oxygen to the brain by being wrapped or tangled, it’s still strangulation and this information isn’t going to matter when someone’s lost a child. They don’t look at this scientific stuff when they lose a child, they look at the facts. Their child died because they were strangled by the umbilical cord.

  • dani
    Posted at 19:54h, 05 July

    Its very sad for all of the mothers that have lost children due to strangulation, but from all of the research i have done and all of the docs i have talked to it is very rare, it doesnt dismiss what happened to some of you, but it give first time mommys like me hope, and i think that was the purpos of this article.

  • Kami
    Posted at 06:45h, 12 July

    I just lost my baby girl at 17 weeks. Cord was wrapped tightly around her poor little thigh. Tight enough that a deep indention was made. Perfect in every other way. I have to disagree with whomever wrote this article, because my heart is in 1 million pieces to disprove his/her theory!

  • Breee
    Posted at 23:04h, 31 July

    Of course a male dr said this because he doesn’t even know what a baby feels like inside of him. Your fetus gets hiccups has a heart rate and a blood supply. The baby gets oxygen from blood. Therefore how could its supply not be diminished. There are thousands of stories about this so it is not that rare. And I’m sure there’s a huge difference in life and death when in labor or during pregnancy. In labor your baby comes out and probably got tangled on the way out. During pregnancy you have to go by what you feel and he doesn’t know what it feels like to only feel the baby move sometimes or only see it. My male dr didn’t even know what I meant by menstrual cramps. He never will either. This is very sad and if you are a male you are crazy for believing this or even thinking you needed to spread his ignorant beliefs. To be a dr you have to study you are not born with the all seeing eye. Maybe he didn’t read enough about it. There’s lots of things drs say that are a load of crap. This was the most biased uninformative load of crap I have read about this topic ever. Rare would happen little such as elephant man syndrome or something that actually needs that title. This happens a lot. And many different ways such as around foot or neck or stomach or arm or shoulder. Please don’t ever post something because a doctor says it. Drs are government reformed. Go drink some fluoride water, drs and dentists say its great. Do you believe them? Shots also don’t kill babies right, only SIDS!!! Lol

  • angela
    Posted at 10:55h, 01 August

    I would also have to say that this is not true information for all people. I was 12 weeks pregnant and i had a miscarriage due to the fact the the cord was wrapped around the babys neck and just so happened it remained stuck in my cervix and it cause me to hemmorage very badly. I believe that whom ever wrote this article may not have had all of their facts right seeing as how so many of us soon to be mothers faced such tragic memories over the theory this person is saying is a “myth”. Now that you see the stories and the true life facts maybe you will reconsider this as a “myth” and see that its actually factual and even though it may not happen to everyone it still can happen to some.

  • jaida lynne
    Posted at 10:11h, 03 August

    Ok so I went in almost every month for a ultrasound my baby girl always measured up 60 percent perfect no problems at all at 36 weeks I went in for another ultrasound and she was measuring up 26 percent the doc told me that she was getting lack of nutrients no big deal he told me he said shes probably just has pressure on her cord and told me to come back in 3weeks I asked him if I should be worried and he said not at all. 2 weeks later 38 weeks she didn’t move I went into the er and she had no heartbeat and absolutely no fluid around her. I had to deliver her the next day still-born she had the cord around her neck tightly 2xs and bruises on her she was a healthy beautiful perfect peanut 5lbs 3ozs and I am positive the cord killed her. Anyone on here who says this is rare is just stupid… to survive a baby needs blood flow nutrients and oxygen which comes from the cord when the cord is compressed it blocks the flow to the baby it really does not take a genius to figure that out. You people who don’t believe that our babies are being killed by the cord cutting off oxygen flow really need to understand the miracle of life and how it begins starting with the sperm meeting the egg. Watch the show understand how the baby’s lifeline in their mother’s umbilical cord.

  • jaida lynne
    Posted at 10:22h, 03 August

    My poor baby girl Jaida Lynne died July 5th 2012 a few weeks ago and yes I’m mad lost broken and feel like my heart is crumbling by the second Its very new and the cord killed her like I said my jaida was perfect until the cord started taking her nutrients and oxygen so again we are grieving mothers of angels taken to soon due to the umbilical cord wrapped tightly around their necks they were PERFECT………. SO STOP BEING STUPID AND KNOW WHAT U ARE TALKING ABOUT.

  • Yvonne
    Posted at 14:47h, 04 August

    Thank you for posting this article. This is not to dismiss anyone who has had a loss due to this situation. I’m writing for better clarification on the wrapping of the cord. From my understanding, I have heard of the cord wrapping around the baby during labor, when going through the birth canal. Recently, a pregnant co-worker had told me the cord was wrapped around her baby’s neck and then within a week, it was no longer around the baby’s neck; so I feel for some strange reason she has lied to me. My point is I thought the cord wasn’t long enough to wrap around the baby’s neck; since it goes from the baby’s belly button to the placenta. Please explain.

  • chuck
    Posted at 19:34h, 04 August

    i was born strangled with the cord too, my mom told me it was near death for me, i go here and they said it’s never a hazard?

    really, even though it “may not be” dangerous, as the good doctor here presumes,it still not a normal labour process, i think the best suggestion here is for mothers everywhere to monitor their baby’s situation in the womb and act wisely for the lives of their babies.

    i was lucky to be alive, i am truly sorry for all the losses everyone here shares, i hope my testimony helps to broaden the fact that if the baby’s progress is disturbed it needed to be attended to.

  • olga
    Posted at 13:14h, 05 August

    It’s tragic to all the families that have lost babies due to cord being wrapped around their neck. But as a mother of three and expecting another its even worse that all would scare future mothers like this. I have research and it does say chances are low, even my ob has given the same response. Im not saying it can’t happen but don’t call other readers ignorant for agreeing with professional doctors. Compare to the birth rate just here in the US, i agree with this article.

  • gemma
    Posted at 07:48h, 23 September

    my son was born with the cord around has neck and body. he had been breech and i had a ecv this is how it got wrapped around him. for 3 weeks no doctor noticed it was aorind him. so when he was born he had not got enogh food this made him very small. they say if i had not gone into early labour he would of died. when i was in labour has heart beat kept droping. so to me the cord can harm a child if wrapped around them

  • doc
    Posted at 10:49h, 03 October

    I created my site to try to help improve the chances for kids to become healthy and happy adults and less cost to society for them to try to get there. What I read is in sheer disbelief. Until you can show proof by double blind studies that how many times a cord is wrapped around a body part of the baby it is just some guess and someone’s opinion! Ad a Doula you should always do the right thing. One thing that is good you allow all these bereaving parents to express their concern and loss of their baby before birth or issues they had to deal with later. Our child’s birth had complications too. The Mom took prenatal vitamins, never smoked, did not consume alcohol during the pregnancy. She suffered through two miss-carriages prior to the 3rd attempt that was helped along by shots to induce more eggs released to conceive. We tried for five years to have a child and finally this one got to the 3rd trimester. When we were at home we found a shiny something came that maybe some crystalline structure. They told us that was a definite sign of the delivery would be soon. We headed over as fast as we could to the hospital. When we got their the nurse examined her and listened for the baby’s heart and movements. So far so good. The contractions were not quite fast enough or often so they had stay there for about 45 mins then things changed. They called for a room to reserve it. Got her to the deliver room Then they put a fetal monitor on at some point and monitored the mother who was then an older first time mom. Everything seemed fine but for ONE thing. They started to see the fetal monitor showing the heart rate speeding up and slowing down in a patter. We even got to hear it as they wanted us to understand the issue. They figured out the cord was wrapped around the baby’s next 3 times. They said it was our decision and could see if the baby would unwrap itself. Well that did not happen. So we informed the nurse we wanted this to be a C-section type delivery. Once they heard that they rushed to get into the delivery room for that delivery. What the Dr. told us in these cases if the baby had been delivered vaginally the likely hood would have caused some type of mental retardation of that baby. So we sure did not want to go that way. We had a successful delivery by the C-section instead and glad we did. The only thing we wonder why did it not happen SOONER. Our child is not in middle school and has an above average IQ, but has some needs that the school offers and it is helping our child to hopefully reach their full potential someday. We appreciate the doctors and nurses that helped our child come out as best as it could. All I wonder about is how can the women know. figure out, that the cord is wrapped and how or what could be done someday to unwrap it would be the best thing of all…. but unlikely that could happen. Are their studies on umbilical cords wrapping by country. Also is there any studies about parents with any relatives with special needs or differences or with above average IQs or hyperactivity maybe a reason the baby does “so” well at wrapping the cord around and around so many times? Studies on which babies might have that issue, how much room the baby has in the womb, the weight of the baby, the nutrition of the mom or their occupation. I wonder if a pregnant women flying in the air with the landing and take off and changes in altitude could be a factor? So that early prediction and maybe closer monitoring and earlier delivery may be considered in those cases.

  • Sofia
    Posted at 09:38h, 08 October

    One of my co-workers lost her baby girl last Saturday (just one month before giving birth). According to the doctors the baby had been strangled by the umbilical cord. I really can´t understand how a site like this one –suposedly dedicated to future parents– can publish articles that are so clearly mistaken.

  • DKay
    Posted at 04:19h, 12 October

    I lost my boy at 31 weeks,his cord was wrapped around his neck and foot and dr’s could’nt tell me until i gave birth.this Article is not well researched as there are lot of umblical cord accidents which dr’s tend to ignore

  • Nicole
    Posted at 11:01h, 18 October

    Hmmm…. For something that apparently happens rarely, there sure is a whole lot of people who have had to bury their babies because of it. When my son was born, his entire head was an awful shade of purple. Why? Because the cord was around his neck and body. If they can’t be strangled, then why is it that his little face was so purple? The rest of his body was pink/red, so it wasn’t just the color he was. And if I had him anywhere but at the hospital, he wouldn’t be here. I had one nurse holding my left leg back, two on my right leg, one on the bed next to me pushing on my stomach and two others there just incase. Because the cord was around his neck and body, his shoulders had to come out at the same time (rather than one at a time). Had there not been enough people there to help me get him out fast, he would have been strangled.

  • Shaun
    Posted at 18:47h, 25 October

    My first son Bryce died last month at 36 weeks because his cord was around his neck. On the Friday before they discovered his heart stopped beating, I had a doctors appointment where they declared everything was perfect. I am so sad about this and think it is very important that women know it can happen and does happen much more than doctors say. I am just so hurt that I was searching for answers and found this crap. R.I.P. my angel Bryce.

  • Patricia
    Posted at 23:14h, 25 October

    Thank you for sharing this information, this makes complete sense.

    I imagine it must be a nightmare to deal with all these negative comments. Please hang in there and know that there are many people reading who appreciate what you are doing and who are benefitting from your blog.

  • mary
    Posted at 18:25h, 23 December

    my baby boy was born with the cord very tightly wrapped round his neck three times his head was black not blue while his body was white. thankfully he is a healthy ten year old now the only warning i got was excessive tumbling in the womb ten hours before he was born by induction thank god i was induced on that day

  • Candace
    Posted at 14:43h, 03 January

    My baby girl was born via emergency csec becuase the cord was wrapped around her neck twice every time I had a contraction her heart rate would dip and each time it dipped it would take longer to get bk 2 normal so they whisked me away 4 the csec and I’m so glad they did she was purple wen she was born but she’s ok now alhamdulilah. The thing about it being rare is obviously utter rubbish the amount of times this happens its nt rare at all and should nt b taken lightly to all pregnant women keep an eye out on babys movements and if ur worried go get it checked out dnt wait and more importantly dnt let sme dr tell u it’s normal and nothin 2 worry about mother knows best and if something dnt feel right demand that u get checked b4 its 2 late. I was booked in for a hme birth and only went 2 hospital cos there was meconium in the waters which is a sign bubba may b in distress if that had nt happened I may nt have my lil girl with me nw.

  • Judy price
    Posted at 15:46h, 05 January

    My grand baby was born on Jan 4th and she was breech. They tried to turn her but didn’t t succeed so thy done a c-section . My son saw the whole delivery and he said the baby came out feet first and they were purple and then she came out the umbilical cord was wrapped three times around her neck. I thank God they got her in time cause I do believe she would have died cause her oxygen was being cut off. So far they are both ok she’s breast feeding and I pray that no repercussions come their way! I’m so sorry or all your losses and pains,!

  • Eneida diaz
    Posted at 09:02h, 19 January

    My granddaughter was born 1/15/2013 with her unbilical wrapped around her neck 4 times tight. The doctor said she has been dead for three days inside my daughter and her skin was already peeling , my daughter doesn’t understand cause she felt the baby move the same day she was born. She was getting contractions for two weeks but was told they were those brags ton pains. We bury her on Monday. I know babies don’t breath though their mouths in the stomag but unbilical cords do strangle in a way that when is tight around the neck it stops oxygen though the cord. If unbilical cords don’t strangle don’t kill , can you answer to me why my daughter had to give birth full term to a baby and I have to bury her on monday?

  • tera
    Posted at 19:02h, 24 January

    You people are rude to us grieving parents that it has happened to we are proof we didnt ask for this think before u speak we r just stating it does happen!! I lost my baby girl this.month because of this it was wrapped so tight the doctor had a hard time cutting it i had a reg appt that day and no heartbeat:'( was 2 days shy of 39 weeks. So ppl plz think of how u word ur words because they don’t help us or help us feel any better the pain we r feeling is enough

  • Denise Heltemes
    Posted at 11:49h, 26 January

    I had a planned C-section with my third child, my son who is now 9 years old. There was no distress discussed during my delivery, I was awake through the delivery. when they delivered him they all commented that the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck in a triple knot! all doctors in the room said they had not seen anything like it. My son suffers from a language processing disorder and cognitive impairments. When I talk to the specialists about the possibly of this issue (the triple knot) while he was inside me being the cause they say no because his Apgar was measured at 8. But I keep wondering how long inside me he was being deprived oxygen and nutrients and the effects that had on him. I have 2 older children totally fine. No history of cognitive impairments in our families. I keep wondering how long he went with the triple knot inside of me. and then maybe by the time he came out, they washed him, etc. the apgar reflected 8 but he could have had lasting damage while inside the womb. Does anyone have any thoughts and insight into this? Thank you.

  • Rose Avrilien
    Posted at 22:56h, 01 February

    I am currently 5 months pregnant and have worries about my baby girl because she is moving so much. However, we really have no control over what happens. I am sorry for the loss of your babies for those of you that have lost them. For the mommies to be, try and stay positive and know that what happen to others doesn’t mean it will happen to you. Try and think positive.

  • Priscilla
    Posted at 01:28h, 06 February

    I’m sorry but the physiology is incorrect (and I was so enthusiastic when I began reading…). The umbilical cord has TWO arteries and ONE vein, not the other way round. Is this guy really a medical doctor???

  • Anna
    Posted at 14:19h, 06 February

    DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS PERSON. A friend of mine believed this same advice. She waited after finding out the umbilical cord was around the baby’s neck and the baby DIED not even a week later. IF IT IS AROUND YOUR BABY’s NECK PLEASE TAKE ACTION IMMEDIATELY.

  • susan
    Posted at 22:50h, 16 February

    My friend awoke at 6 a.m. with her baby kicking and moving. (2 days overdue)..at 9:30 a.m. she had a scheduled u/s appt. at that time the u/s showed no heart beat due to the cord wrapped around the baby’s neck..so in 3 and 1/2 hours her baby died, so you can’t say this is a myth that the baby does not die or strangle from the cord..it happens a lot.

  • Joe
    Posted at 17:08h, 19 February

    My child had the cord around his neck 3 times and when his mother pushed it would tighten, The episiotomy was large and allowed him to emerge but he was not breathing and had to be revived. He suffered seizures for 6 months and had cerebral palsy. He didn’t die but I believe that was due to the doctors action and the prayers of the nurse who was working the birth.

  • Tracy Jensen
    Posted at 10:11h, 01 March

    Im not sure how anyone can say the baby doesnt breathe inside…when they can get maconiam pnuemonia at birth.Thats the inhaling of their own poop inside. My last and final child (never want to experience again) born with that and cord around neck 4 times with a true not..life flighted 2 hours away from home for 3 weeks thank goodness for great Dr.’s. Still upset no ultra sounds after 19 weeks! Back to the point… I believe they breathe inside.

  • rae
    Posted at 15:25h, 02 March

    This just happened to my daughter her son was 38 weeks she had
    Just been in the night prior due to dehydration. Had they listend to her
    That something was wrong we would not have had to bury my grandson.
    And its so ” uncommon” in the same small-town (1500) her friend just went thru the exact thing 3 months earlier. Read the info on dr. Collins site. It might just save someone from leaving the hospital with empty arms….rip Braxtyn and Ruger angel babies

  • Jenn
    Posted at 10:00h, 06 March

    My baby was born at home, 13 days over due with her cord wrapped around her neck three times. She is perfect and healthy.

  • nk
    Posted at 08:13h, 07 March

    I don’t think people are understanding the difference between strangulation and the actual cause of death compression of the cord itself. Strangulation is when the air way is constricted, being that the baby doesn’t use his/her airway to breathe yet, he/she cannot be strangled. They can however have cord compression that depleted their oxygen causing suffocation. Cord compression can happen around the neck, around a foot, an arm, anywhere really, but it is not strangulation. And it is rare.
    I understand that if this happened to you it doesn’t seem rare, however one person’s experience isn’t a good sampling for the frequency of this occurrence.

  • Esther
    Posted at 06:37h, 09 March

    Last week I gave birth to our perfect, beautiful son Luka with being only 22 weeks far into the pregnancy. He had a tight knot in his cord. The fluid was yellow, so he probably pooped in it because of lack of oxygen. It’s very hurtful to read this article. There was nothing wrong with him, accept for the knot. So I totally disagree. Love to all the other angels, I hope Luka is with them.

  • Annie
    Posted at 15:41h, 20 March

    I just recently lost my son at only 16 weeks pregnant because the chord was around his neck four times. It’s not a myth

    • lana
      Posted at 17:20h, 27 February

      I just lost my son last saterday at 17 weeks because the chord was around his neck tight….i wish it was a myth but its not, it does happen

  • Michelle
    Posted at 13:43h, 26 March

    My daughter is 24 yrs old now … She was born with the cord wrapped around her neck tightly, she was very dark blue n she didn’t cry right away after birth like most babies do. She was a very healthy looking baby after that, she ate well ( breast fed) was very alert when awake, did sleep alot n even thru the night …. Which i thought was weird for a brand new baby. When she started getting older She was behind on Crawling compared to other babies, n standing, pulling herself up on things etc… She didn’t make complete sentences ( just certain words) she knew n tried to put them all together, she then started Kindergarten … N couldn’t communicate that good.. Her speech was off, so they put her in Speech Therapy classes, which helped her alot and she was always in the Special Education Classes all the way thru Middle School, HS … She Graduated from HS, with Very Low Scores… BUT she DID IT!!!! She found a job right out of HS because a friend recommended her for it…but learning all the Duties of that job n how to handle everything at once was VERY HARD For her!!!!! Even Job Interviews are Very Hard!!! She still does not have RATIONAL THINKING SKILLS…. She is 24 but on a Maturity Level she is still very young minded!!! After trying to help my daughter find a better job/ Career… I thought she could get Disability money… Because she can’t understand alot of things n cant consentrate long enough to even take training for a Career…. Disability COMPLETELY DENIED her Claim, BUT didnt even ORDER her Birth Records !!!!!!! How the hell do they just Deny a Disabled person without even looking into her BIRTH, Past n thinking about her FUTURE??? She can work but her Fast Food job she has had since 18 !! N still at $8.25 an hour, will NOT get her to far in life!!!! And all job interviews since have ended up with a NO, n she will ask “why” not me? N they will truthfully say, you don’t have the Proper Skills for this JOB!!!! I havent been able to get her Birth Records or APGAR scores from her birth… But i know i was INDUCED because of the STRESS TEST done and she was in very High Stress !!!! Soooo i’ m wondering if anyone seeing this article and has dealt with your childs Disabilty n put in for Permanate Disabilty n been DENIED for the cord being wrapped around the neck or other parts of the body ( CUTTING OFF BLOOD FLOW CAUSING LACK OF OXYGEN TO THE BABIES BRAIN) i would love to hear from you! My daughters friend receives Disability because he has A.D.D… He understands everything PERFECTLY… N can work BUT gets frustrated easily and CANT siit still, he is Disabled in many different ways … But can learn easily n receives Disability each month, n they completely Denied my daughter:-/
    My email: Michelleinhemet40@hotmail.com

  • Michelle
    Posted at 14:20h, 26 March

    Also my Heart goes out to all of the people who have loss their precious little babies!!!! With such a Loss for sooo many… It doesnt really matter if they call it Suffication, Strangalation etc etc…. It’s Death for many and for others it’s a very hard Life! Doctors need to Express the Extreme Danger of the Cord being in the Womb ALL the possibilties that COULD happen n also if you dont feel the baby moving or feel the baby kicking TO MUCH… Could be a Warning Sign!!! i was 16 yrs old when i had my daughter n had NO CLUE what to expect or ask or even know what could have been going on with her kicking soooo much n hard… She wanted SOMETHING in there cause she was kicking sooo hard…. n she knew she needed it…. !

  • Sharon
    Posted at 07:43h, 27 March

    I am now 33 weeks pregnant and went to the Dr last week she told me that the cord is very close to my baby’s neck and that she is worried about it she also asked me to monitor his movements now but after reading all the comments I am terrified

  • Desiree
    Posted at 06:06h, 03 April

    My baby died at 18 weeks in the womb. When I went through labor to have her come out, they found the only cause of death to be the umbilical cord being so tightly wrapped around her tiny neck 3 times, and once around her arm. I believe her blood supply was cut off. The umbilical cord can cause fetal death, it is not a bunch of crap, maybe you should find a way to be more considerate in sharing your OPINION….., not that I think it happens all the time, but it is possible.

  • RuiJin
    Posted at 00:28h, 29 April

    strangulation of the umbilical cord can cause death to the baby .It is true that they don’t need air inside the womb , and that the oxygen is supplied by the cord . But take note also , it’s not just air passing through the babys’ neck , blood circulates through it as well . so when trangled , it might cause problem with the baby’s blood circulation . and may cause death .

  • fufumzinyane
    Posted at 15:02h, 05 July

    i feel so deeply hurt about dose who r saying is a myth, i lost my son @20 weeks on de 25th april, im stil crying even nw

  • Brianna
    Posted at 14:57h, 30 July

    This article is ridiculous at best and a doula, at best, should not be passing this off as sound information whether or not a doctor was the one who wrote it.

    Suffocation, by definition, doesn’t mean physically being choked but a baby CAN be suffocated by the umbilical during the time that first breaths are supposed to be taken. Alternatively, cord compression is treated with all the seriousness that it deserves. Cord compression IS abnormal albeit it doesn’t always lead to complications or fatalities. Hospitals will monitor the fetuses heart rate when this occurs and will not discharge the patient unless fetal heart rate in accordance with contractions returns to normal. There is good reason for this because it means there is a chance of umbilical complication during the birth, not unlike what happened with my little one, who suffered lack of oxygen due to umbilical compression (cord was not wrapped around her neck). Luckily our situation did to result in death or major complications, but many situations do.

    For a doctor or midwife to deny the much larger possibility for this to occur, that’s akin to malpractice. And doulas have no business medically advising anyone at all.

  • Derek
    Posted at 19:54h, 30 July

    Wow, this article is so wrong. When the cord is wrapped around the neck, they aren’t worried about oxygen intake. If the neck is being choked, blood flow can’t take oxygen to the brain. Lack of oxygen to the brain can cause brain damage and shortly death. Leave the “mythbusting” to the real professionals.

  • Tom
    Posted at 22:47h, 10 September

    A friend just delivered her baby about 3 weeks ahead because she had died. Chord was wrapped around 3 times. They specifically explained that the baby doesn’t suffocate because they don’t breathe. They take their first breath when born. It’s cutting off the blood, etc.

  • Angie
    Posted at 04:18h, 02 October

    I find what you’ve said to be a “MYTH” VERY disturbing! My son was still born at 26 weeks. We went for a Dr appointment and during the ultrasound the Dr noticed there was not a heartbeat. When our son was delivered, it was determined that the cause was the umbilical cord that was around his neck.
    Please think of others before you call things a “MYTH”

  • really
    Posted at 01:42h, 18 November

    So I guess my mother was lying to me my whole life all those times she told the story of the night I was born. How I was a C-section and the cord was wrapped around my neck 3 times and I actually couldn’t breathe until they removed it.

  • lyn
    Posted at 11:10h, 08 December

    Gosh i am 31 weeks and had a scan 2days ago n it showed everything normal with the baby except he has a cord around his neck?! I also have fibroids at 40*40 which is pretty worrying. The nurse told me to monitor his movements and rush to hospital as soon as i notice any change in movement. I have noticed he is not as active he was 5 days ago and i am really worried as i ve to concentrate to feel him move. After going through this article i am really worried and thinking of a C-section now. Will having him at 31 weeks affect him in any way or should i wait and see how it goes.

  • Jeanne Simons
    Posted at 19:02h, 12 December

    I think this is an extremely misguided article and should be removed from your site. Lots of respondents, including myself, lost children in the last 20 weeks of pregnancy from having an umbilical cord wrapped around the infant’s neck. My son’s umbilical cord had wrapped around his neck 7 times. Whether he was “strangled” or had his blood supply cut off is really no different to me. He had been dead for a few weeks, and I still have nightmares. Articles like this reduce the reality of the horror caused when this type of tragedy happens.

  • Zack's mom
    Posted at 22:20h, 22 December

    This article and some of the responses from certain people really annoy me! My son was born with nuchal cord — three times around his neck! I went into labor which lasted for almost three days, and finally the doctor decided on C-section even though I was almost fully dilated at that point. The doctor did not even know why he was in distress until they did the C-section and found out that the cord was around his neck for three times! That’s what I don’t understand to these days. Why couldn’t they have monitored that? Cost? Oh insurance won’t cover another ultra sound? Is THAT why? Everything is just about money here — isn’t life more precious?! In my son’s case, he was born live and well, and fortunately didn’t suffer from any problem so far (he’s almost three years old now and is quite bright).

    But I feel really bad for all the parents who have lost their babies to nuchal cords. Yes, I am one of the “lucky ones,” but I find it very annoying that people are saying to the parents who are suffering from the traumatic losses that nuchal cords are so common and no big deal! Just because YOU are the lucky ones does NOT mean that you should be telling people that “oh those accidents are so rare … oops if it happens to you, too bad you’re just unlucky … but really that doesn’t happen to most of us. Sorry!” These kinds of words are just plain OBNOXIOUS, and to the ones who are suffering, what you people are saying are extremely hurtful, mean, inconsiderate, and selfish! Whenever I read sad stories like these, it hurts so bad just to imagine if that had happened to my child. I don’t think I could live on. To the parents who have suffered losses, I am so sorry for what you have gone through. You all are very strong indeed, and I hope and pray for you and your angel babies that one day you will all unite in Heaven.

    Yes I understand that to the pregnant moms, particularly first time moms, you all are looking for assurance. I must admit that when I was carrying my first child, I worried very little because I knew very little! After he has been born and I read more about nuchal cord because of what happened at his birth and I found out about all those painful stories, I have become a lot more scared. I do plan on having at least one more child so I understand that pregnant mothers don’t want to hear bad news, and you just want to say that “just because it happened to other people doesn’t mean it would happen to you.” But still, until you have a child yourself, you don’t really know how much you really would be in love with you child, and how much it would hurt to lose him/her. So please don’t say things like that on a board like this, just because you yourself are looking for assurance that your pregnancy will be fine. If you really cannot handle the reality that nuchal cord accidents could happen, go pray or go look on some more “positive” websites, but do NOT post obnoxiously comments or even your “hopeful words” that bad things won’t happen to you, on a board like this when there are many parents who are hurting tremendously! That is very selfish indeed! I am telling that I have a healthy child from nuchal cord ONLY because I want to make it clear that it’s not because I have suffered a loss that I am so angry at you people. But the truth is even just from an objective point of view, from someone who personally did not have a loss, I find some of your wordings extremely hurtful and selfish.

    • saha
      Posted at 01:51h, 31 October

      I really felt sad after reading the first sentence of this article. Babies do die from nuchal cords and nobody should be saying otherwise, yes, there is a lower chance of this happening but there is a chance.

      I lose my first baby boy at 27+ weeks because of the umbilical cord being wrapped around his neck. Everything was going, I just didn’t notice him moving for a couple of hours, so I waited a bit and then went and had an ultrasound- there was no fetal heartbeat.

      The doctors say, nothing could be done if I had even come in earlier, because they couldn’t have delivered the baby at that time and there was no way of unwrapping the cord from his neck in the womb. Everything must have happened in a split second, where he probably moved in the wrong direction.

      It really hurt me to read such a badly researched post.

  • penguin
    Posted at 12:11h, 17 February

    This article is technically correct the baby is not breathing through its mouth. However blood still flows through our circulatory system. If you cut of the blood flow to the brain the results are still fatal. The medical definition of strangulation is a condition in which circulation of blood to a part of the body (esp. a hernia) is cut off by constriction. While suffocation is not possible the nuchal cord could strangle the baby.

  • MrsHavan
    Posted at 01:26h, 11 April

    I’m an EMT & I promise that if the umbilical cord is wrapped around the infant’s neck during delivery the threat of imminent death is extremely real if measures aren’t taken to resolve the situation. In fact it is one of the ONLY times EMS will insert their fingers into the body of a patient. I understand that having an educational background of music makes you feel justified in giving out medical advice. However, you’re sorely mistaken with your assessment of the medical emergency it presents.

  • Seth's Grandma
    Posted at 15:22h, 13 April

    Yesterday April 12/2014 I buried my grandson Seth who was born April 7th. His moms pregnancy was flawless, labour was quick, heartbeat was perfect with every push. Won’t be long now they kept coming out of the delivery room to report. Then a nurse appeared crying saying there was a problem the cord was wrapped around his tiny little neck 4 times, so tight the doctor had a hard time trying to get it off. They tried to resuscitate him for an hour without success. This article makes me sick to my stomach. Doctor performing the autopsy called my son with his results; cause of death strangulation by the umbilical cord. Why in this day of all the technology available is an ultrasound not done when these young woman come to hospital in labour to see if the umbilical cord is not wrapped around the neck and that vaginal delivery will be safe otherwise c-section. It just may save another family the horrible grief we have been dealing with this week.
    “Rest in Peace my little Seth”

  • Jack Waldron
    Posted at 10:18h, 02 May

    While, it may be uncommon for umbilical chord entanglement to cause complications, it’s simply not accurate to call it a myth. The umbilical chord wrapped around my neck in some kind of bad way, and I would have died had surgery not been performed to remove me a month pre-term. I know another person, who is permanently wheelchair bound, not much older than me due to complications with the umbilical chord being wrapped around his neck in a different bad way. The chord may have gotten partially crushed in his case and was born severely handicapped. Just because something is a rare occurrance doesn’t make it a myth, just rare. From all I’ve read the chord wraps around about 20-30% of the time, and severe cases only about 0.3-0.8%, or in about 1-4% of cases where the chord is wrapped around the neck.

  • Amritpal
    Posted at 03:52h, 24 November

    i went to my doc. she said two to three loop around on baby neck. please guide me about this situation.

    • Deb
      Posted at 17:41h, 04 December

      This is a situation you need to consult your care provider about. My article is informational, not meant to give medical advise as I am not a medical professional. Again, I encourage you to speak with your doctor about this issue and your concerns.


  • Zanana tom
    Posted at 10:30h, 20 January

    I don’t want to comment but to ask. I was pregnant and having the placenta previa problem, but the thing is the doctor didn’t see the cord was strenglin my baby girl and it was complicated I lost the bby . My question is , is this can make me not to conceive again ? it can cause problems?

    • Deb
      Posted at 15:45h, 20 January

      Hi Zanana

      I am so sorry to hear of your loss. The questions you are asking are out of my realm of expertise. I would recommend talking to your care provider about your concerns.

      Good luck 🙂


  • Angelica
    Posted at 17:59h, 18 February

    My son John Anthony died with his cord around his neck as well when I was 22 weeks along. I’m still grieving, it’s been 16.5 years. I went on to have another little boy, John Vito (means “life” in Italian). My living son is 15 now. My pregnancy with him was normal. I can’t offer any advice except that our creation and time on this planet is not up to us. From 1st breath to the last breath, we belong to earth. The rest of the time, we belong to G-d.

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