A nuchal cord happens when the umbilical cord is wrapped 360 degrees around a baby’s neck. If this does not resolve before birth, a baby can be born with an umbilical cord wrapped around their neck. While this may sound like cause for alarm, there are a lot of misconceptions around nuchal cords and whether they are dangerous to your baby. Nuchal cords frequently happen in over 27% of term births, and doctors and midwives should be experienced in births where the baby has the cord wrapped around their neck. This episode answers a few questions from a listener about whether a nuchal cord is a big deal, the risks associated with nuchal cords, and how it can affect delayed cord clamping.
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