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June 25, 2019


The umbilical cord is your baby’s lifeline. Throughout your pregnancy, it supplies vital nutrients, blood, and oxygen to the baby. Sometimes the baby’s umbilical cord can get wrapped around its neck during the later stages of pregnancy or during labor and delivery.

This phenomenon is called a nuchal cord and it is surprisingly common. Estimates from the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology suggest that nuchal cords occur in as many as 30% of all deliveries and the majority of the time, they pose no threat to the baby.

Anoxia vs Hypoxia

Umbilical cord entanglement is one of the reasons a baby may experience a decrease in oxygen supply to its brain during labor. If doctors or nurses are not vigilant when monitoring the mother and baby, they can miss the signs of hypoxia or anoxia in the baby. Both complete loss of oxygen (anoxia) and a decreased oxygen (hypoxia) can cause significant brain damage or even stillbirth.


Anoxia is the complete absence of oxygen. When an umbilical cord is knotted or tangled around the baby’s neck, it can result in a complete loss of oxygen. This can significantly compromise organs, muscles, and brain tissue, resulting in permanent brain damage and even death.


Hypoxia is a term for low oxygen levels. When the umbilical cord is kinked or tangled, the baby may still receive oxygen sporadically or at lower levels. Low levels of oxygen can also cause brain damage. Babies who experienced extreme hypoxia in utero or during labor and delivery may suffer from Cerebral Palsy throughout life.

Getting the Help You Need after a Traumatic Birth

When your baby suffers serious injury after a traumatic birth, you may be left wondering what went wrong. How could this happen? When this occurs, it is important to speak to an experienced and compassionate Providence birth injury lawyer immediately.

If your doctor or medical professional acted negligently during the labor and delivery process, you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim against them to recover the compensation you need to properly care for your child – both now, and in the future. Without an attorney on your side, it can be difficult to obtain the money you will need to give your child the care they need moving forward. While no amount of compensation could ever right these wrongs, you and your family should not have to struggle with extreme financial burdens during this time.

Contact Our Providence Birth Injury Lawyers Today

If your baby suffered serious brain damage or medical harm after negligence during the labor and delivery process, it is important to speak to an experienced and skilled Providence birth injury law firm.

At Mandell, Boisclair & Mandell, Ltd, our Providence birth injury lawyers work tirelessly for families whose children have been wrongly harmed by a negligent doctor, nurse, or healthcare professional. Call us today at (401) 273-8330 or fill out our confidential contact form for a free initial consultation and review of your case.