What Is Umbilical Cord Strangulation?

During pregnancy, mothers have plenty to worry about. Are they doing enough to keep their baby safe? Are they taking care of themselves and getting everything they need for their own and the baby’s health?

These are all common—and normal—concerns to have.

However, there are some issues that can harm a fetus that you should be aware of. Our Chicago birth injury lawyers explain what this is, how it can impact a baby, and how proper monitoring can help identify this type of problem.

The Umbilical Cord

This is the life source for a fetus. It’s the way the fetus receives nutrients. While there are some specific damages that can arise from other issues with the umbilical cord, strangulation is a serious matter as it can cause a lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain.

It is normal for the umbilical cord to wrap loosely around the baby’s neck. However, when it does tightly, it can cut off the oxygen flow to the brain and cause damage such as cerebral palsy or others.

What About a Compressed Umbilical Cord?

If the umbilical cord wraps around the fetus, it can also become compressed which will not only affect the oxygen supply, but it can impact the amount of blood and nutrients the baby receives. This can also result in brain damage or in the most severe cases, fetal death.

When this type of situation occurs, it can lead to fetal distress which should be monitored carefully by your doctor. If they fail to identify this and your baby sustains a serious injury, you may be eligible to take legal action against the negligent party.

If your baby has been harmed, our Chicago birth injury lawyers at Beam Legal Team are ready to stand by your side. Our top priority is the best interests of your child and when they’re harmed by negligence, we’re ready to help.

We may be able to determine if negligence was a factor in the injury and if you have a case against the responsible party.

We encourage you to contact our firm at (866) 766-3806 today to discuss your potential case in a free consultation.

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