We are so sorry for your loss. Umbilical cord complications are unfortunately still a danger to children even in this day and age, and can often happen in otherwise normal pregnancies.
Since there is no way to prevent a prolapsed umbilical cord in Kentucky, your doctor should have taken special care to spot the early warning signs. Twin deliveries and children whose ultrasounds show unusually long umbilical cords are especially at risk of prolapse, and your doctor should have voiced any concerns if your baby was in a high-risk group.
There are also steps your doctor could have taken during delivery to reduce the chances of fetal injury. For example:
- Monitoring – Your doctor should have used a fetal heart monitor to keep a close watch on your baby’s heart rate to find out if the prolapsed cord is affecting your baby’s blood flow
- Pelvic examination – the doctor may be able to move the fetus away from the cord to restore oxygen
- Emergency C-section – Prolapse risk increases significantly when the baby’s amniotic sac is ruptured prematurely, such as when a doctor induces labor. If your water did not break naturally, your doctor should have been prepared to perform an emergency cesarean section
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