Shoulder dystocia occurs in approximately 1% of deliveries. It occurs when, after delivery of the fetal head, a baby’s anterior shoulder becomes lodged (i.e., stuck) behind a mother’s pubic bone. In turn, the baby does not progress properly and specific maneuvers may be necessary to free the baby’s shoulders to prevent entrapment of the umbilical cord and oxygen deprivation.
Common maneuvers include:
A shoulder dystocia has the potential to cause severe, and lifelong, injury to infants, including:
Risk factors for a shoulder dystocia include:
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