Missouri OB-GYN Malpractice Lawyers
The condition known as shoulder dystocia is an obstetrical complication that, according to the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s health report, occurs in 0.5 to 1.5 percent of all births in the United States (about 30,000 deliveries) per year. This condition happens when the child’s head is able to clear, but one shoulder of the baby becomes trapped behind the mother’s pelvis during delivery.
At Brown & Crouppen, we understand that when a delivery room doctors sees that a baby is stuck during delivery, there should be great concern about the welfare of that child, particularly the risk of death by suffocation. Doctors should not panic, however, and should rely upon standard medical techniques to manage the labor, reduce the risk of shoulder dystocia and prevent suffocation from happening.
Did you know? The “McRoberts” maneuver is an often used technique to resolve shoulder dystocia so that the stuck shoulder may be dislodged without causing injury to the infant or the mother.
Obstetric Negligence Attorneys and Shoulder Dystocia in St. Louis
Deliveries are often high pressure situations, where decisions need to be made quickly. It may seem like mistakes are easy to make, and indeed, they are. Doctors, however, are trained to handle such panic and to employ proper steps to complete the birth properly.
When doctors do not employ these techniques and try to force a baby out, great harm may be caused to the baby and the mother. Not all shoulder dystocia cases are caused by malpractice, but negligence is certainly a factor that needs to be looked at if your child has suffered shoulder dystocia as the result of an improper birth.
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