Assumption: Walking can cause umbilical cord prolapse (cord coming out before the baby) if waters have broken.
Risk factors for cord prolapse include low birth-weight, prematurity (presumably because of small size), breech or transverse presentation (upside down or sideways baby), polyhydramnios (an excessive amount of amniotic fluid) and premature rupture of membranes (water breaking before baby is engaged)
When a client told me she was required to remain in bed (no walking) during during almost all of her labor because her water had broken and they did not want the cord to “fall out,” I was intrigued. (I often use my clients’ experiences to enhance my own learning about birth!) I knew that the gush of the breaking water could bring the cord down if the baby was not engaged, but I wondered if, in fact, walking (gravity) would bring the cord down on its own. I’ve been researching this topic for several days and I have found no evidence that this happens. However, I also found no evidence that it does not. What I *did* find is that typing “cord prolapse” into Google results in a great number of websites for … LAWYERS. These lawyers are apparently anxious to sue any doctor whose patient’s baby experiences complications (often cerebral palsey or death) of cord prolapse. I guess we can all draw our own conclusions from there.