Every pregnancy is different and much to the chagrin of new parents, there will always be a margin of error despite how well you prepare for labor. Careful couples will try everything to ensure that their baby stays healthy and happy. But we can’t prevent every single situation that might threaten a pregnancy, especially if it happens within the womb. It would be a lot harder to anticipate and correct such incidents and the results would often shock both the parents and the doctor. This was what blogger mom Rebecca Meldrum had to face when she gave birth to daughter Poppy.
The 28-year-old blogger mom revealed what she and her daughter had to go through on Instagram. Her pregnancy isn’t what most people would call ordinary, to say the least, because Rebecca live-streamed her labor. But another rare and strange incident happened and it was only after Poppy was out of her womb that the doctors saw what had happened.
It turned out that Rebecca had a knotted umbilical cord! The doctors refer to it as a “true knot” and it happens when “a baby moves through the loop of an umbilical cord while inside the uterus.” This could be fatal to a growing fetus as the umbilical cord is the only way for it to get nutrients to live, so if that pathway gets blocked, we can’t say that the child will survive.
The U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH) said that the occurrence of a true knot is quite rare.
“The incidence of a true knot of the umbilical cord is not only very low but it is often undiagnosed antenatally when present despite the availability of prenatal ultrasonography.”
But fortunately, this rare incident doesn’t usually claim lives. According to Dr. Patrick O’Brien, spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG):
“Fortunately, a true knot in the cord is very rare, and even when it happens it is rarely so tight that it will harm the baby. Usually the knot is discovered after the birth of a healthy baby.“
Blogger mom Rebecca has gone through a lot but she is more than ready to do whatever it takes to make sure that Baby Poppy is healthy.
“I can honestly say I have never ever been through emotions like I have been through these last few days and I’m sure will continue to go through until we are all home together. I don’t think anything could ever prepare you for not being with your baby after labor and delivery, but today I feel like I’ve turned a corner.”
“I’m sure it’s the tonic of skin to skin with Poppy but I’m feeling more confident, more ready to face NICU & want to get involved in any way I can with caring for my baby.”
What can you say about the danger Rebecca and Poppy could have been in if the knot became tighter? Share your thoughts, reactions, and opinions in the comments section below!