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When I was 36wks 5 days pregnant with our first daughter I went into early labour. We did the whole “run to the hospital, lay in bed hooked to machines for the next 24hrs” thing. Turns out laying down and sleeping stopped my labour so I was able to go home.

About a week later I noticed that my baby was starting to move a little less. As you do, I googled it to see if it was normal or not. There were plenty of different opinions but it was the same two options – something is wrong, go to the hospital or it’s normal, baby is getting bigger, has less room and is slowing down getting ready for labour. I was a little worried because I’d felt her do a tumble a couple of days earlier, but I stayed vigilant and because she was still moving occasionally, just not as much as she had been, I figured everything was okay. About 4 days later I went into labour. Everything went smoothly and after 11 hours I gave birth to a beautiful 7p 13oz baby girl.

While I was clutching her to my chest and marvelling at this little creature, my midwife and midwife student were busy working with the umbilical cord. It was then that we realised how truly blessed we were. They discovered there had been a knot in the umbilical cord with only millimetres to spare before her oxygen would have been cut. We realised this was probably the reason her movements had slowed days earlier. It was something neither midwife had ever seen before. They told us the only time they’d seen a knot was when they’d delivered a stillborn.

She’s now a healthy and active 2 year old and I marvel every day how amazingly blessed we are to have her.


Posted anonymously, 25th April 2014


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  • Love hearing stories about miracle babies. In years gone by, these little precious babies would not have made it. We have our own little miracle born at 27 weeks (also 2 now). The miracle bit will always be in my heart – The nurses and medical teams are so amazing.

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  • sounds like you were blessed with a miracle

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  • Wow reading your story gave me goose bumps! You are so lucky and she certainly is a miracle baby!

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  • you were so lucky but I am glad you had a fantastic out come and a bundle of joy to cherish

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  • A very inspirational and happy story!! So glad you have your beautiful healthy angel!

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  • My son had a knot in his cord and every time I pushed it made the knot tighter they actually lost his heart beat and I was rushed for a emergency section I was put to sleep took 8 minutes all up from me signing the forms to being rush up to theatre and him being born.
    He wasn’t breathing when born and had to be given CPR.
    Think I’m glad they put me to sleep or I would of been a mess.
    He’s 14 now and doing well no effects from the labour at all.
    Glad all went well with you to.

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  • Wow, what an amazing, scary story! So glad that your little one is ok and good on your for being vigilant with her movements.

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  • I am so glad everything worked out with your miracle baby daughter, a beautiful name, Grace. Thank you for sharing your story.

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  • .My son was 8 weeks premature but though he was small he was very healthy and strong didn’t take long for him to fatten up,
    so glad your daughter was healthy,like she knew she had to come early to protect herself!

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  • What a fantastic ending to your story. Miracles do happen and I’m glad that you are able to feel so grateful in the knowledge you have a happy, healthy little girl.

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