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Placenta "dying" ..? .:Lady SCARcastic:. 1 child; California 9124 posts
19th Mar '13

"I was on petocin and labored for 17 hours and the last hour my contractions were super intense and every time I had one his heart rate dropped dangerously low and my doctor said his placenta was dying so at 11:30pm I was prepped for a c section."



I asked my friend if she had a vaginal birth and that was the answer she gave.. has anyone ever heard of a placenta dying during labor..!? I feel so confused.. how would they even know that?

Ivana, VBA2C success! 3 kids; Aurora, Colorado 6834 posts
19th Mar '13

hmmmm I know if a lady goes beyond 42 weeks or so they can check if the placenta is deteriorating or not, but during labor?? idk maybe he wasn't getting oxygen?? sounds fishy to me.

5 years= 5kids Due November 2; 4 kids; Sullivan, Missouri 2287 posts
19th Mar '13
Quoting .:Lady SCARcastic:.:" "I was on petocin and labored for 17 hours and the last hour my contractions were super intense and every ... [snip!] ... she gave.. has anyone ever heard of a placenta dying during labor..!? I feel so confused.. how would they even know that?"


Umm, never heard of that.. Sounds fishy..

PurpleBama582 52 kids; Dothan, Alabama 3875 posts
19th Mar '13

The placenta wasn't functioning optimally at that point. The baby wasn't getting the oxygen, and the heart rate was decelerating. Sometimes the placenta starts deteriorating before labor(usually when a woman goes too far past her due date). If it detaches during labor, or partially detaches, then it stops functioning properly.

user banned Vancouver, British Columbia 5643 posts
19th Mar '13

I laboured for far longer than 17 hours and was never told my placenta was dying... I think your doctor is full of it.

Kelly +2 ERF/EH! 18 kids; Valdosta, Georgia 18072 posts
19th Mar '13

I was in labor with Addison for 72 hours, natural labor and delivery with a vaginal birth, she was 4 days late, and once my placenta came out, it had already started calcifying. But yes, the placenta can stop delivering nutrients to a baby. My friend was induced a week early because her baby hadn't grown in about 3 weeks because her placenta was no longer doing its job.



And I don't know how the hell any doctor can tell that a placenta is dying during labor...

A, E & W's mommy 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Bulgaria 16511 posts
19th Mar '13

The lace at does naturally start to 'die' over the last couple of weeks of pregnancy, it's the same reason doctors don't like to let you go beyond 42 weeks before inducing or you may get a post term baby. But I've not heard of a placenta spontaneously dying, I've heard of a cord spontaneously dying prior to delivery and during labor but that doesn't sound like what they're referring too. Maybe your doctor just meant that the placenta was old and not withstanding the efforts of birth very well.

JΔ$ Georgia 77651 posts
19th Mar '13
Quoting Nathaniel'sMom:" I laboured for far longer than 17 hours and was never told my placenta was dying... I think your doctor is full of it."


Long labor and a dying placenta have nothing to do with each other. Her doctor wasn't full of it since it is possible for the placenta to detach or stop functioning at any point of pregnancy. Once that happens, the baby is in danger.

Ivana, VBA2C success! 3 kids; Aurora, Colorado 6834 posts
19th Mar '13
Quoting PurpleBama582:" The placenta wasn't functioning optimally at that point. The baby wasn't getting the oxygen, and the ... [snip!] ... woman goes too far past her due date). If it detaches during labor, or partially detaches, then it stops functioning properly. "


if it detaches that is a placental abruption, not deterioration. And it won't just start declining during labor, it happens over time once the baby reaches full maturity, but labor hasn't started.

peekin3 Racine, Wisconsin 289 posts
19th Mar '13

Yes it's true... Eventually the placenta starts to detach whether the baby has been born or not. Unfortunately sometimes it happens prior to going into labor and the baby is stillborn (placenta abrevia). It still happens quite often, that's why docs are so quick to do crash c sections now. When you would contract it would "lift" the placenta, thus causing baby's heart rate to drop. Glad you and baby made it through!

Ivana, VBA2C success! 3 kids; Aurora, Colorado 6834 posts
19th Mar '13
Quoting LEGENDARY JAS ♥:" Long labor and a dying placenta have nothing to do with each other. Her doctor wasn't full of it since ... [snip!] ... is possible for the placenta to detach or stop functioning at any point of pregnancy. Once that happens, the baby is in danger."


ok but as others have said, how could he just tell that was happening during labor?? I think it was another doctor tired of waiting, so c-section needs to happen.

.:Lady SCARcastic:. 1 child; California 9124 posts
19th Mar '13

She was 41 weeks and induced..



I'm a strong believer that c-sections CAN be necessary, but I'm also a big believer in that doctors will say whatever they want when its almost midnight and they want to go home..

Ivana, VBA2C success! 3 kids; Aurora, Colorado 6834 posts
19th Mar '13
Quoting .:Lady SCARcastic:.:" She was 41 weeks and induced.. I'm a strong believer that c-sections CAN be necessary, but I'm also ... [snip!] ... but I'm also a big believer in that doctors will say whatever they want when its almost midnight and they want to go home.."


exactly!!

JΔ$ Georgia 77651 posts
19th Mar '13
Quoting Ivana, expecting #3!:" ok but as others have said, how could he just tell that was happening during labor?? I think it was another doctor tired of waiting, so c-section needs to happen. "


You can tell if the amount of fluid is low. At that point, I believe the doctor was just making an educated guess which isn't all that extreme. Something led him to believe that there were placental problems so he called for a c-section.

PurpleBama582 52 kids; Dothan, Alabama 3875 posts
19th Mar '13
Quoting Ivana, expecting #3!:" if it detaches that is a placental abruption, not deterioration. And it won't just start declining during labor, it happens over time once the baby reaches full maturity, but labor hasn't started. "


I never said it started deteriorating during labor. I do know what placental abruption is.