Birth Injuries

Treatment And Management Of Umbilical Cord Prolapse

As recently mentioned, fetal heart readings provide alerts to the doctors and nurses that an umbilical cord prolapse may be present during a delivery. If a non-reassuring strip is shown, it can mean that the baby is no longer tolerating the vaginal delivery and needs assistance.

The doctors must understand that an umbilical cord prolapse is a delivery room emergency and if the cord is present, handling of the cord increases the chances of restricting the flow of blood and oxygen. Nonetheless, doctors can move the mother’s head in the down position, with her knees positioned to her chest to try and fix the cord prolapse.

Due to the threat of cord compression, an emergency C-Section will be the general course of action for an umbilical cord prolapse. When and if the decision is made to conduct a C-Section due to the inability to resolve the cord compression with other method, the C-Section must be performed immediately due to the possibility of the baby’s fetal reserves being depleted, which in turn can lead to a deprivation of oxygen and blood, fetal hypoxia, or hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.

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