Although she had done it twice before, a mother was in for a bit more than she bargained when she and her husband decided to have another baby. When the time came to deliver, doctors would end up performing a C-section after they failed to induce her for 2 days, and even medical professionals were left stunned by what they saw inside the mom — and we’re not talking about the baby.
According to SWNS, Rebecca Meldrum had a pretty tough pregnancy despite it not being her first time or even her second. As it turns out, the third would be more stressful than all the rest, but there would actually be a reason for the issues as they’d later find out.
Fearing that the baby was potentially going to go into distress at any moment, doctors thought it best to try to get the baby out, even though Rebecca was only 36 weeks along, 4 weeks prior to her due date. Of course, they decided that the natural way was best, so they immediately started to induce her, but things wouldn’t go according to plan.
A grueling 2 days later, medical professionals decided that the labor wasn’t progressing as previously hoped, meaning that they had to get the baby out through alternative means. As a result, doctors decided an emergency C-section was necessary, immediately hauling Rebecca off to the operating room.
As one would imagine, her husband Lee was right there with her, but that didn’t take away from the anxiety since this was her first-ever surgery. Fortunately, the infant, who the couple named Poppy, would come out just fine, but doctors were stunned to see what else was inside the mother.
In fact, Rebecca was so surprised herself that she took to Instagram to show everyone. After a brief warning about the potentially graphic nature of the image, the once-again new mother showed the world Poppy’s umbilical cord, which isn’t like most of the rest at all.
If you're squeamish or eating your breakfast then look away now! This knot was in Poppy's cord, a True Knot which apparently is pretty uncommon 1 in 2,000 babies I think the midwife said. Just another thing to add to her story, it's going to be one heck of a pregnancy, labour & birth book! So so many of you have been through the neonatal thing & I am blown away by just how many people have poorly/early babies. Before I had Poppy I'd known friends who had babies go into NICU & always thought it sounded hard but you know, they're in the best place so it's fine… I can honestly say I have never ever been through emotions like I have been through these last few days & I'm sure will continue to go through until we are all home together. I've cried in a way I've never heard myself cry before, loud, ugly & almost primal need for my baby to be with me, I've stared into space for hours upon end wishing I was pregnant still, I've gone through every hospital appointment, scan & meeting from the last 6 months trying to work out how this could have ended up differently & I have sobbed to countless midwives about not knowing how I'm feeling, the guilt, the fear, the unexplainable emotions. I don't think anything could ever prepare you for not being with your baby after labour & 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 anyway I can with caring for my baby. Thank you again to all of you that have messaged me. There are so so many stories to go through but the things that really help the most are those tips on what to do when I can't be holding her, different ways to interact and have contact with her, the types of touch Preemies like & the types of questions to ask in neonatal. Thank you all so so much!
Come to find out, the active infant had tangled herself up in utero to the point that she had tied a “true knot” in her umbilical cord. For those unaware, Dr. Patrick O’Brien, spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG), explains:
“The umbilical cord carries oxygen and nutrients from the placenta into the baby’s bloodstream. If the umbilical cord becomes tightly knotted, there will be a reduction in the flow of blood, depriving the baby of oxygen which can lead to permanent brain injury. A problem with the umbilical cord could also cause the baby to be stillborn.” [Source: Mail Online]
Fortunately, the possibility of this happening is pretty rare, and Poppy was delivered just fine and healthy. Furthermore, even if it does look like a “true knot” on an ultrasound, this may not even be the case as it could merely be what is called a pseudoknot, or “false knot,” (which is just an exaggerated loop that looks like a knot).
Dr. O’Brien also notes that even in the instances where babies have wound themselves into a “true knot,” they rarely become so tight that it causes any damage. However, the possibility is there and can affect both baby and mom in different ways as we see with Rebecca.
For now, Poppy is still at Aberdeen Hospital’s NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) in Scotland, but that is expected to change rather soon. Currently, Rebecca is just concerned with spending as much time as possible with her newest addition and notes that her child is in the best possible hands.
Life certainly has a way of throwing curve balls sometimes, but the human species has proven itself to be resilient if nothing else. Of course, Rebecca can attest to this seeing how both mom and baby are alive and healthy despite the previous complications. At the end of the day, it’s not the hard times that make us people but rather how we respond to them – and seeing how this family is doing, they’re going to be better and stronger because of what they went through.