Umbilical Cord Prolapse

An umbilical cord prolapse usually happens during labour but can occur when the waters break before labour starts. The umbilical cord slips down in front of the baby after the waters have broken; the cord can then come through the open cervix (entrance of the womb). Please read the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) guidelines on Umbilical cord prolapse in late pregnancy.