I am not the only individual who is looking for solutions to the epidemic of pre-term births. Many parents are in the same situation and have to face unimaginable pain and loss that they don’t want to take on; however, they fear the medical consequences of their pregnancy and not wanting to give birth to a baby that dies. Here is some information and ideas that you might want to think about.
- Baby’s Heart Becomes An Island In The Pond
I had heard about the risk that the baby’s heart becomes an island in and around the placenta. Most of the time it causes no harm to the baby in the long run because of the fast pace and the normal blood loss. However, some women report that if the baby’s heart does become an island, the placenta will expel all of the oxygen and nutrients from the baby’s body. In other words, the baby will die in a short amount of time. It is unfortunate that this can happen, but the problem has more to do with the fact that most doctors are still struggling with trying to treat the problem. The problem is still fairly new, but most doctors just don’t yet have a correct treatment for this problem. In most cases the baby is not in danger of dying during the delivery, but his or her oxygen needs are compromised. At this point, a woman might face the decision to have an induced birth to treat the oxygen consumption and nutrient loss. On the other hand, many doctors are now recognizing that taking off the oxygen mask and delivering the baby may be a terrible experience for the mother. In any case, there could be a good chance that the baby will survive the birth, although if he or she is very small, she should take precautions to ensure this won’t occur.
The following is an article that I read about this problem, written by Dr. Peter J. Gammie, DVM (via http://www.livestrong.com/articles/prefpre-f... ).
“The oxygen saturation of the baby’s body will start getting very low as soon as the pre-placental vascular network is complete, and will then reach its lowest point about 2 to 5 hours after the placenta is born. The oxygen saturation will decrease even more gradually over the remainder of the 6-hour perinatal period until about 12 hours after birth. The baby may lose up to 20 percent of his or her blood. The maternal position during birth will significantly increase the risk of loss of blood; the mother and infant have a higher risk of injury from the placenta.”
The following is a video titled “Pre-Placental Hypercapnia: An Unusual Birth” that shows a very interesting phenomenon that occurs in the early stages of labor. My wife and I watched this video and learned that during an induced birth, blood flows from the baby’s ventricles (the largest blood vessels in the body) toward their pulmonary arteries (the small blood vessels). This action would not occur in natural childbirth as the pulmonary artery vessels could not receive much blood flow for about 45 minutes after birth. Later into the labor, the blood pressure of the baby increases while the heart’s pumping action slows down. This can cause the pulmonary artery vessels to dilate and form small holes that allow oxygen and nutrients to be absorbed by the baby’s body. It is important to note that the heart and lungs do not take any action to aid the oxygen consumption/nutrient depletion during birth. The heart continues to pump while oxygen and food are being ingested by the baby. We watched the video and we learned that in order for this event to occur during labor these things would happen. That is to say, the baby’s heart is being squeezed by the placenta’s vascular network. There was a lot of discussion with our family about this phenomenon, but since it is so unique to a natural birth I would like to share it with you. My wife and I watched the video and learned that an important component of this process is that the baby’s blood pressure increases rapidly while he/she is in labor.