It is quite common for doctors to cut umbilical cords immediately after childbirth to collect cord blood and cord stem cells and to limit a mother’s chance of excessive bleeding. However, doctors may be cutting and clamping the umbilical cord too soon – before two to three minutes have elapsed. When they do this, they are causing the following chain of events:
- Stopping the placental transfusion of blood into the baby’s lungs to start them functioning – what a child needs to take his or her first breath
- Cutting off the newborn’s oxygen supply from the placenta prior to the baby’s lungs being fully functional
When there is a lack of oxygen to the brain, a birth-brain injury can occur. When immediate cord clamping (ICC) takes place, there is the possibility of brain hemorrhage and respiratory problems, which can result in brain damage and other serious Kentucky birth injuries.
Infant brain damage can impact not only the health of the infant long past birth but an entire family for a lifetime. This is why expectant parents should be able to talk with their doctors about ICC and be fully aware of the possible risks and birth injuries this procedure may present. Although saving both the mother and child is critical during childbirth, preventing brain injuries should also be a priority.
If early umbilical cord clamping led to oxygen deprivation and your baby’s brain injury, call the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 to speak with a Louisville birth injury lawyer in a complimentary, confidential consultation today.