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What is a cord prolapse?

A cord prolapse is when the umbilical cord enters the birth canal first, before the baby, usually after the mother's waters have broken. This is considered to be an emergency as the cord, which is the life line to the baby, can subsequently become blocked during this prolapse. Therefore, most cord prolapses require an urgent caesarian section to deliver your baby.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Fertility

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