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February 22, 2024

Shoulder Dystocia Causes Neonatal Injury

The Case

Shoulder dystocia is relatively uncommon, occurring in less than 3% of all vaginal deliveries (though statistics on its occurrence vary depending on the source). In one such case, the mother was in active labor and the baby’s head was successfully delivered. However, 10 seconds passed before the anterior shoulder was delivered. Downward pressure on the shoulder and more than one push were …

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