Shoulder Dystocia and Birth Injury in South Carolina
Shoulder dystocia has been described as “one of the most frightening emergencies in the delivery room” by American Family Physician journal. Shoulder dystocia occurs when the baby’s head has been delivered, but the anterior shoulder becomes lodged behind the mother’s pubic bone.
As a result, the baby’s body does not slide out after the head without additional maneuvers by the physician. The baby is essentially stuck in the birth canal, with his or her shoulder lodged behind the mother’s pubic bone. Shoulder dystocia can have serious complications for both mother and baby.