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Shoulder Dystocia

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Shoulder dystocia places both a mother and child at risk during labor. This labor complication creates a slow and difficult delivery. When shoulder dystocia occurs, a baby’s head is delivered through the birth canal while their shoulder remains stuck on the mother’s pubic bone. When shoulder dystocia occurs, obstetricians will attempt numerous positions, incisions, and other delivery methods until the child is free.

Factors associated with shoulder dystocia include the following:

  • Gestational diabetes
  • Obesity
  • An abnormally large baby
  • Epidural

Shoulder Dystocia Complications

Though death from shoulder dystocia is rare, delivery involving shoulder dystocia can cause a variety of conditions that impact both parents and child.

These conditions include the following:

  • Klumpke paralysis
  • Erb’s palsy
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Brachial plexus injuries
  • Uterine rupture
  • Fetal hypoxia
  • Serious bleeding

The most common preventable injuries experienced during shoulder dystocia are brachial plexus injuries. The brachial plexus is a collection of nerves located between the shoulder and neck. If a doctor uses too much force during delivery, these nerves may be damaged. Babies with brachial plexus injuries may experience a loss of movement or feeling in their upper arms. Brachial plexus injuries may recover with time or cause life-long paralysis, depending on the severity of the damage.

Is Shoulder Dystocia Preventable?

Shoulder dystocia is almost always preventable. Doctors and medical staff are trained to recognize signs and symptoms of shoulder dystocia. If a medical team believes that shoulder dystocia is likely, they should schedule an emergency C-section. In some cases, a doctor may decide to attempt delivery without a C-section if they consider the benefits of the procedure to not be worth the risk. However, if an injury occurs after shoulder dystocia, it’s likely because the medical staff made a mistake in the delivery room.

Recovery Is Possible with the Help of a Shoulder Dystocia Injury Attorney

If you or your baby were injured by decisions made during delivery, it’s time to obtain the help of an attorney. Complications caused by shoulder dystocia can require a lifetime of medical treatment, and your family should not be forced to face the cost of it alone. A birth injury attorney will fight for the compensation of medical debt, lost wages, and the cost of future care. This way, your family will be able to focus on recovering without the stress of finances.

The best legal help is available for any family facing difficult cases, no matter what their economic status is. Because birth injury attorneys only get a fee if they win your case, the door is open for families to hire the best lawyer for their case, regardless of their financial situation! Birth Injury Guide can connect you with our network of world-class birth injury attorneys to find the one best equipped to investigate your injuries.

Call us today at (844) 243-9993 or fill out our simple online form. We are ready to help your family find solutions during this difficult time.

Common Risk Factors that Lead to Birth Injuries

If you experienced one of these issues during birth and your child is showing symptoms, you might have a case. Call (844) 243-9993 today.
  • Larger Babies

    When a baby is disproportionately large relative to the due date or the size of the mother.  

  • Premature Birth

    Babies born prior to 37 Weeks are at a heightened risk of birth injury and often have complicated medical problems. 

  • Cephalopelvic Disproportion (CPD)

    Size and/or shape of mother's pelvis was not adequate for baby to be born vaginally.

  • Hypoxia

    Occurs when a baby is deprived of oxygen to it's brain, before, during or after delivery. This can lead to a variety of severe brain injuries. 

  • Prolonged Labor

    Labors lasting longer than 20+ hours can cause HIE, cerebral palsy, infection, sepsis, meningitis and many other issues to the baby. 

  • Abnormal Birth Position

    Babies born face first, feet first or buttocks first are at risk as the baby could become stuck in the birth canal. 

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