The umbilical cord is the baby's lifeline. It connects to the placenta and allows nutrients and oxygen to reach the fetus. If the mother's membranes rupture and the cord comes out of the birth canal before the baby's head, it is called "umbilical cord prolapse."
This can be a very serious condition. As the baby moves into the birth canal, his or her head or body puts pressure on the umbilical cord and can cut off the blood supply. In turn, the baby is deprived of oxygen. If not treated promptly and effectively, umbilical cord prolapse can result in a stillbirth or brain damage.
At the law firm of Hampton & King, our lawyers represent families throughout Texas who have been affected by medical negligence related to prolapsed umbilical cords and other issues. Our attorneys have more than 50 years of combined experience in complex birth injury cases and other medical malpractice matters. You can count on us to seek full and fair compensation for you and your child.
Nuchal Cord Injuries
A similar medical condition is called nuchal cord injury. This occurs when the umbilical cord wraps around the baby's neck during delivery. It can greatly reduce blood flow and oxygen delivery through the cord, which in turn can lead to a host of medical complications or fetal death.
For a free initial consultation about prolapsed umbilical cord injuries, nuchal cord injuries or other birth trauma, call the Houston office of Hampton & King at 713-574-8660 or send us an email.