Shoulder dystocia occurs unexpectedly during childbirth. It is when the baby’s head has been born but one of the shoulders becomes stuck behind the mother’s pelvic bone, preventing the birth of the baby’s body.
Shoulder dystocia can occur during a normal (spontaneous) birth or an instrumental (ventouse or forceps) birth. Very rarely, there can be difficulty delivering the baby’s shoulders at caesarean section. This information explains what shoulder dystocia may mean for you and your baby.
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