Modern monitoring technology may allow the early detection of some problems in labour, reducing the incidence of complications, but major obstetric emergencies such as placental abruption, haemorrhage or umbilical cord prolapse
arise with little or no warning.
Seven years' worth of experience at two Oregon hospitals calls into question several commonly held beliefs about risk factors for umbilical cord prolapse, since the majority of 52 cases occurred in term, vertex pregnancies.
teamed up to explore the circumstances surrounding umbilical cord prolapse at their respective hospitals: Dr.
We chose to evaluate the incidence, risk factors, and outcomes of umbilical cord prolapse because anecdotally, in our experience, the traditional risk factors did not account for the majority of the patients we were seeing," Dr.
Traditionally umbilical cord prolapse has been associated with preterm labor, nonvertex presentations, and multiple gestations.