Umbilical Cord Prolapse

Umbilical Cord Prolapse Brain Injury

Umbilical Cord CompressionUmbilical cord prolapse birth injury

Childbirth can be an amazing, exciting, and wondrous process. However, with about 30 percent of all mothers experiencing some kind of birth complication, it can also be a very scary and stressful time. There are many potential complications and traumas that newborns face, some much more serious than others. A umbilical cord prolapse birth injury is among the most dangerous and can cause brain injuries, cerebral palsy, or seizures.


During pregnancy, the umbilical cord is a child’s lifeline. Through this lifeline, babies receive oxygen, blood, and nutrients. Some of the most common causes of cord compression (also known as umbilical cord prolapse) include:

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


Because of the vital role that the umbilical cord plays in sustaining life, a prolapsed umbilical cord can be devastating. If the umbilical cord is compressed at any time during birth, the infant may suffer:

  • permanent brain damage due to lack of oxygen or reduced blood flow
  • cerebral palsy
  • cognitive deficits
  • death

Doctors who diligently follow standards of care should be able to detect and prevent a umbilical cord prolapse or cord compression before it becomes a serious issue. Those who fail to do so can be held liable for any harm done to the infant. If your family has been affected by an umbilical cord prolapse birth injury, you may be able to recover financial compensation for your medical bills and loss of work wages.

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