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Tag: umbilical cord prolapse

Why is umbilical cord compression a concern for the fetus?

Umbilical cord compression is a problem that can occur during labor and delivery involving the cord being under pressure, which causes the baby to receive a reduced amount of blood and nutrients.  If the umbilical cord gets stretched and compressed during labor, it can lead to a decrease of blood to the baby, which results in a drop of the

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What is an umbilical cord prolapse?

An umbilical cord prolapse is where the cord enters the vagina before the baby through the open cervix.  Then, as the baby is delivered, it can put pressure on the cord, cutting off blood flow and oxygen to the fetus.
Risk factors include:

  • Long cord length
  • Premature birth
  • Breech (foot-first) position
  • Excess amniotic fluid

Umbilical cord prolapse can create an

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