(Closed) Have you ever heard of something like this?!

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m a veteran of 3 C-sections. I didn’t see anything because a screen was up, but it doesn’t surprise me because even newborns have a little “grasp” reflex. But I’d say “fighting” is overstating it. I don’t think baby could grasp anywhere dangerous. Just my amateur opinion.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

OMG, no I’ve never heard of this. And now I’m freaking out!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Breech just means the baby is basically upside own. It puts the baby at risk of having the umbillical cord wrap around its neck during birth, which could strangle it. C-sections are relatively common if the baby is breeched and the doctor can’t get it turned around.

As for the rest, I’m going to call shenanigans on the whole story. When the mother is given a c-section, the incision is made low on the abdomen, so there’s really no “insides” for the baby to “try to grab on to” except the walls of the uterus. It’s not like the baby is going to grab a handful of intestines or such. Plus a baby just out of the womb does not have the motor skills or decision-making skills to “try” to do anything at all on purpose. The baby could very well be moving its arms and legs, looking like it was resisting, but that’s almost definitely not what happened.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@LaCroix:  I know when my BFF had her C-sectioin back in April they had a hard time taking her son out. I don’t know if he was grabbing onto her, but I know the doctors had to struggle to pull him out and her mother described the operating table as a “homicide scene”.

You will be fine! My friend is and is madly in love with her son!!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

No never heard of this and like fishbone said the baby is being pulled out of the uterus so don’t think he would be hanging on to intestines.  He may have had a hold on the umbilical cord.  I’ve read in my pregancy books that they will hold the cord when in the womb.  So maybe that’s what was going on.  And babies can have a good grip but doubtful that they know to hang on so they don’t get pulled out. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I think the mom was embellishing the story.  Babies who are in the process of being born don’t really have the mental capacity yet to grab on to something for dear life.  The doctor may have had some sort of difficulty in pulling the baby out, but it’s improbable that the baby was fighting to stay in.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I believe they try to make these incisions as small as possible (just general best practice with any surgery) and the uterus is a pretty strong organ to be able to enclose the weight of the baby and the placenta and amniotic fluids. So it doesn’t surprise me that it takes a bit of wrangling to get the baby out. They don’t fillet the mom or open her like a turkey.

Really it sounds like the doctor (or the mom or whoever first told the story) loves being dramatic!

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2010

@vintage2010:  Babies are holding onto their umbilical cord?  :-O   I wonder if they ever squeeze too hard and cut off their own oxygen supply??

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