New York Birth Injury Attorney Warns of 4 Potential Umbilical Cord Problems

Beginning around 5 weeks after conception, the umbilical cord connects you to your unborn baby and provides the baby with oxygen and vital nutrients to grow. When something goes wrong with the umbilical cord during pregnancy, labor or delivery your baby faces significant danger unless the doctor recognizes the problem and takes the necessary steps to minimize the potential harm.

As an expectant parent it is important to recognize the following types of umbilical cord problems and what could happen if they are not prevented. Likewise, if your child has been born and has suffered an injury from any one of these complications, then it is important to contact a New York birth injury lawyer to discuss your legal options.

Umbilical Cord Problems

Some umbilical cord abnormalities that can cause harm include:
  • Single Umbilical Artery: normal umbilical cords have three arteries. In a single umbilical artery abnormality, one of those blood vessels is missing. A single umbilical artery can result in significant birth defects.
  • Vasa Previa: vasa previa is a condition that develops when blood vessels from the umbilical cord or placenta cross the cervix underneath the baby. If vasa previa is not diagnosed prior to delivery, the risk of a stillborn baby is considerable.
  • Umbilical Cord Prolapse: an umbilical cord prolapse occurs when the umbilical cord enters the vagina before the baby. Stillbirth is a considerable risk if the baby is not delivered quickly.
  • Nuchal Cord: this condition occurs when the umbilical cord is wrapped around the baby's neck. The prognosis is good when a baby with a nuchal cord is born without a medical mistake occurring.

When to Call a New York Birth Injury Attorney 

Many of these umbilical cord problems can be diagnosed through ultrasounds and routine monitoring. A treatment plan can often be developed before your child suffers an injury. If your child has suffered a birth injury, or has died, from an umbilical cord problem, please contact an experienced New York birth injury attorney at 1-800-PAGAN-911. We are ready to fight for your child's rights and help your family get the recovery you deserve.