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Shoulder dystocia is a birth complication that occurs when one or both of the baby’s shoulders get stuck behind the mother’s pelvic bone during vaginal delivery.
Shoulder dystocia is a birth complication that occurs when one or both of the baby’s shoulders get stuck behind the mother’s pelvic bone during a vaginal delivery. This can happen for several reasons, including:
According to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, shoulder dystocia occurs in about one in every 150 vaginal deliveries or around 0.7% of cases. It is more common in mothers who have diabetes or who have given birth to a large baby in the past.
Shoulder dystocia can cause long-term problems for both the mother and baby. These can vary in nature depending on the severity of the injury. Some babies may have no long-term problems at all, while others may have permanent disabilities.
Common long-term problems associated with shoulder dystocia include:
Blackwater Law successfully represented the family of baby Blake in making a midwife negligence claim after the community midwife failed to notice a severe medical abnormality.
Shoulder dystocia is considered a traumatic birth injury. This is because it can cause serious physical and emotional problems for both the mother and the baby.
Yes, shoulder dystocia can be caused by medical negligence. This can happen if the healthcare provider does not properly manage the birth or fails to identify and treat shoulder dystocia promptly.
If you or your baby has suffered long-term problems as a result of shoulder dystocia, you may be able to make a birth injury claim. You should speak to a qualified clinical negligence solicitor at Blackwater Law who specialises in birth injury claims to discuss your options, as you may be able to make your case on a no-win, no-fee basis.