Every pregnancy carries a potential risk with it and numerous complications and problems may come up during the gestational period. One such potential problem is the umbilical becoming tangled or wrapped around the baby’s neck. Many medical malpractice lawsuits stem from claims for birth injuries involving umbilical cord strangulation.
The umbilical cord is the connecting cord from the developing embryo or fetus to the placenta. The umbilical vein supplies the fetus with nutrient-rich blood. When an umbilical cord gets wrapped around the neck of a fetus, the condition is called a nuchal cord and the baby can die. The occurrence of umbilical cord strangulation or nuchal cord is a common and natural birth situation, but if the problem is not recognized quickly enough, catastrophic consequences may occur. Complications can include: Brain damage, organ damage or death. That is why it is imperative that medical personal be knowledgeable and responsible when it comes to dealing with this type of birth trauma. There are certain avenues available to help save the life of a fetus in such a situation. An emergency c-section may be necessary, or the doctor may be able to unwind the cord during birth. Another possibility is clamping and severing the cord so the infant can breathe. If proper medical procedures are followed, the risk of umbilical strangulation can be greatly reduced. Doctors, nurses and other medical personal should carefully monitor the baby during pregnancy and labor. Problems with the umbilical cord can usually be detected by using a device called an ultrasound. This alerts doctors to any possible problems with the baby before delivery.
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