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What is shoulder dystocia?

Shoulder dystocia is a delivery complication that requires additional obstetric maneuvers following failure to deliver the shoulders with gentle downward traction on the baby’s head.  Most commonly, the baby’s shoulder is stuck behind a bone in the mother’s pelvis.  This is a significant contribution to birth injury in the baby, including brachial plexus injuries and…

Can shoulder dystocia cause hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)?

Research shows that shoulder dystocia can result in birth asphyxia and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), a form of permanent brain damage that occurs when babies are deprived of oxygen during or near the time of labor and delivery.  The longer a baby goes without sufficient oxygen, the more likely it is that the brain damage will be severe. …

What are brachial plexus injuries and Erb's palsy?

Brachial plexus injuries and Erb’s palsy are birth injuries related to shoulder dystocia. Shoulder dystocia is a delivery complication that occurs when the baby’s shoulders get stuck on the mother’s pelvic bone during the birthing process. Typically, the baby’s shoulder is stuck behind a symphysis pubis bone in the mother’s pelvis. When this occurs, medical professionals can apply too…