With medical technologies to monitor births, many birth injuries should be prevented. Umbilical cord injuries are no exception, as doctors are better equipped than ever before to prevent these types of injuries. Although rare, umbilical cord birth injuries in Kentucky and nationwide still occur. The most common cause of an umbilical cord birth injury is from a prolapsed umbilical cord.
What is a prolapsed umbilical cord?
This situation presents itself when the cord goes ahead of the baby in the birth canal. When this happens, the baby pushes against the umbilical cord putting stress on it. The concern here is for the baby’s oxygen and blood supply, as too much stress on the umbilical cord can cut the fetus’ supply off.
When an umbilical cord prolapsed occurs, doctors need to move quickly to eliminate a birth injury or even death. They do this by:
- Positioning their hand to move the baby away from the cord
- Performing an emergency c-section
When a doctor does not monitor the baby for signs of stress or does not act with speed and precision during a critical time, the baby can suffer a serious birth injury or the parents can lose their child during the process. Proper monitoring of the baby before and during delivery can help prevent this type of Kentucky birth injury. Ultrasounds and proper prenatal care can detect the following:
- Abnormally long umbilical cords
- Umbilical cords visible inside the cervix
- Fetal distress because of compression of the cord
If your doctor did not care for you or your baby like he or she should have and your child was injured as a result of medical negligence, you should talk with a medical malpractice lawyer to learn more about filing a suit against the doctor or hospital involved. If your baby was injured or was killed by a prolapsed umbilical cord due to the lack of proper prenatal care, our lawyers can help you obtain the financial compensation that your family deserves.
Heath care professionals who fail to address warning signs should be held accountable for the pain and suffering they have caused. Children and families who have suffered from negligent Kentucky doctors should call the Northern Kentucky birth injury attorneys at the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson to find out more at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 in a free consultation today.