Prolapsed Umbilical Cord Birth Injury

Prolapsed Umbilical Cord Birth Injury

Childbirth is an amazing, exciting, and wondrous process. But for the 30 percent of mothers who experience a birth complication, it can also be a very scary and stressful time. There are many types of potential complications and traumas that a newborn can face, but some are much more serious than others. A prolapsed umbilical cord is among the most dangerous and life-threatening of Michigan birth injuries.

During pregnancy, the umbilical cord is a child’s lifeline. Through this cord, babies receive oxygen, blood, and nutrients. If the umbilical cord is obstructed at any time during birth, the results can be serious and sometimes fatal. Umbilical cord prolapse can occur before or during the delivery. In this situation, the umbilical cord drops through the open cervix and vagina ahead of the baby and can become trapped against the baby.

Causes of Prolapsed Umbilical Cord Birth Injury

Some of the most common causes of a prolapsed umbilical cord include:

  • premature rupture of a membrane (when water breaks early)
  • delivering multiple babies (twins, triplets, etc.)
  • breech delivery
  • unusually long umbilical cord

Effects of Prolapsed Umbilical Cord Birth Injury

Because of the vital role that the umbilical cord plays in sustaining life, the outcomes of a prolapsed umbilical cord can be devastating. Some of these consequences include:

  • permanent brain damage due to lack of oxygen
  • cerebral palsy
  • seizures
  • developmental delays
  • death

Holding the Doctor Accountable

Doctors who diligently follow standards of care should be able to detect a prolapsed umbilical cord before it harms the baby. Medical staff who fail to do so can be held liable for injuries suffered by the infant. If your family has been affected by this kind of birth experience, you may be able to recover financial compensation. Call Thurswell Law for a free legal consultation and to learn more about your rights as a victim. Our Michigan birth injury lawyers are available 24/7, and can be reached toll-free at (866) 354-5544.


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