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What is shoulder dystocia?
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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Stuck Shoulders
A shoulder dystocia is when the shoulders get stuck after the head delivers.
Most of the time it is mild and resolves quickly. Rarely it can be very dangerous for the baby, causing nerve damage, brain damage and rarely fetal death. It is hard to prevent. The most important thing is to remain calm and listen to your doctor and nurses during the pushing phase. They can help you push at the right time.

In brief: Stuck Shoulders
A shoulder dystocia is when the shoulders get stuck after the head delivers.
Most of the time it is mild and resolves quickly. Rarely it can be very dangerous for the baby, causing nerve damage, brain damage and rarely fetal death. It is hard to prevent. The most important thing is to remain calm and listen to your doctor and nurses during the pushing phase. They can help you push at the right time.
Dr. Megan Bird
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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
In brief: Birth emergency!
Shoulder dystocia occurs when the baby's head is delivered vaginally but the shoulders take more than a minute to deliver. This can cost the baby its life, brain or nerves, or it may only cause a fracture and mild perinatal injury.
If you have shoulder dystocia, permanent injury to the baby's brachial (arm) plexus is anticipated in 0.5-1.6% of cases with congenital paralysis of that arm.

In brief: Birth emergency!
Shoulder dystocia occurs when the baby's head is delivered vaginally but the shoulders take more than a minute to deliver. This can cost the baby its life, brain or nerves, or it may only cause a fracture and mild perinatal injury.
If you have shoulder dystocia, permanent injury to the baby's brachial (arm) plexus is anticipated in 0.5-1.6% of cases with congenital paralysis of that arm.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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