In hospitals across the country, OBHG clinicians deliver life-saving care every single day. Their around-the-clock presence ensures that all obstetrical patients receive immediate, unbiased care.
Today’s story focuses on OBHG Market Medical Director Dr. Diana Glasser and how she delivered life-saving care to a patient with a cord prolapse and footling breech.
OBHG Market Medical Director Dr. Diana Glasser arrived for her shift one morning when a patient came in with pain and contractions.
While she was putting in admission orders, a nurse from labor and delivery called her and said that there was an emergency in this patient’s room.
Dr. Glasser ran to the patient’s room to find the patient on all fours on her bed. The baby’s umbilical cord was on the bed (cord prolapse) and she quickly checked the patient to find a footling breech.
Dr. Glasser quickly told the nurses to take them to the operating room. She jumped on the patient’s bed and tried to hold the cord as close to the baby as she could.
WATCH her story and learn how our OB hospitalists deliver life-saving obstetric care.
“One of the values of OBHG is having an OB/GYN in-house for all these emergencies that will inevitably happen in a labor unit – it is crucial. Also, there is peace of mind for the community doctors to know that we are there to stabilize their patients. When they’re home, they don’t have to rush into the hospital because we will take care of their patient while they get there and will stabilize her and the baby. So all of this makes the OBHG program an excellent OB hospitalist program for every hospital.”
What is a cord prolapse?
A cord prolapse occurs when the cord drops through the open cervix into the vagina before the baby moves into the birth canal. When this happens, the cord is squeezed between the baby’s body and the mother’s pelvic bones. This reduces a baby’s blood supply, leading to loss of oxygen to the baby. If this happens, the baby will need to deliver immediately to avoid any risks related to reduced oxygen.
What is a footling breech?
In this position, one or both of the baby’s feet point downward and will deliver before the rest of the body.