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What you need to know about shoulder dystocia

On Behalf of | May 13, 2022 | Personal Injury

In California, many medical emergencies occur during labor and delivery, and one of them is shoulder dystocia. This condition can cause serious injury to both the baby and the mother, and it’s important to know how it occurs.

What is shoulder dystocia?

Shoulder dystocia is a medical issue that happens when the baby’s shoulder gets stuck behind the mother’s pubic bone just when the baby’s head begins to come out. The baby’s head can get lodged against the pubic bone or other maternal tissue, and this can cause serious injury to both the baby and the mother. In some cases, shoulder dystocia can even lead to death.

There are a few different ways that shoulder dystocia can occur. One way is if the baby’s head is too large for the mother’s pelvis. Another way it can occur is if the baby’s position in the womb is not ideal for delivery, and the baby’s shoulders get stuck behind the maternal pubic bone. Finally, shoulder dystocia can also occur if the mother has a medical condition that makes it difficult for her to push the baby out.

Who is responsible for shoulder dystocia?

In California, medical professionals are responsible for the well-being of both the mother and the child during labor and delivery. This means that if shoulder dystocia occurs, it is generally the medical professional’s responsibility to ensure that both the mother and the child are safe and healthy. That means that you can file a medical malpractice claim if you or your child are injured because of shoulder dystocia.

However, there are some cases where the medical professional is not responsible for shoulder dystocia. For example, if the mother has a medical condition that makes it difficult to push the baby out, then the medical professional may not be held responsible.

If you are pregnant and think you may be at risk for shoulder dystocia, it is important to talk to your doctor about it. They will be able to help you understand the risks and what to do if it does occur. However, if you or your child have been injured because of shoulder dystocia, remember that you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim.