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Comment by MegBoz on October 24, 2010 at 12:26pm
Cords are around the neck about 30% of the time - generally not a problem at all & actually potentially advantageous since it prevents cord prolapse.

That much wrenching of the vagina is really found to be *neutral* as compared to hands off? Hm, I thought some research was showing that such messing about & irritation can cause swelling of the tissues - which can INCREASE the risk of tears, or at least increase the risk of higher degree (worse) tears. & that is to say nothing of how it must be additionally painful, and probably dreadfully irritating!

That's also saying nothing of the absurd stupidity of clamping & cutting the cord before the body is even born! Wouldn't that turn a shoulder dystocia into an even *worse* emergency?
Comment by Birth Videos on October 22, 2010 at 6:18pm
No I think in general they are just trying to stretch the mother. However a study comparing "hands off" births and births like this where they help stretch the mother showed no more less tearing on average. Unfortunatly some doctors still insist on stretch, stretch, streching while mommy is trying to birth
Comment by Natalie Pargetor on October 22, 2010 at 2:32pm
Are they doing all that pulling and stretching because of the cord round the neck?

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