When a baby is born, the very first thing that is done is the clamping of the umbilical cord. Although this is a normal procedure every hospital around the nation conducts, many are clamping the cords too soon after delivery. Some doctors are clamping and cutting the umbilical cord before 30 seconds has elapsed.
Did you know that the placenta and cord can pulse for up to 20 minutes after a baby is born? Delaying cutting the cord that long could cause harm to the mother, and this is why many doctors clamp the cord immediately to reduce a mother’s risk of excess bleeding.
However, experts believe that the potential harm to the baby outweighs the possible harm to the mother. In order for both mother and baby to be safe, at least two minutes should pass before cutting the umbilical cord. And some experts, including the World Health Organization, recommend that three minutes should elapse before cutting the umbilical cord. This will allow the baby to receive enough blood from the placenta to help establish the newborn’s breathing.
Sadly, early umbilical cord clamping – often within one minute of birth – can cause a newborn complications and birth injuries in Kentucky and nationwide. This is because newborns' lungs are suitable for the womb and don’t have the established lung function for entering the world without the proper blood burst from the placenta. The umbilical cord provides this burst of blood, which helps the newborn’s lungs expand. When this does not happen, the baby’s blood pressure will drop and lungs may fail to open. Sadly, serious birth injuries related to early clamping could occur, including:
- Lung damage and respiratory distress
- Infant anemia
- Cerebral palsy
- Behavioral and learning disorders
- Brain damage
Premature cord clamping – before two to three minutes – can deprive babies of the proper amount of blood and oxygen. If a baby is deprived of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood in the critical minutes immediately after labor and delivery, serious birth injuries can occur, which can cause a degree of asphyxia in babies.
If your baby was injured by a negligent Kentucky doctor during childbirth, you may have rights to seek legal action so that justice is served. Innocent children and their families shouldn’t have to suffer due to someone’s carelessness, and a Northern Kentucky birth injury lawyer at the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson may be able to help your family seek justice and just compensation. Call (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 to find out more about your rights in a free consultation today.