July 26, 2021

020 Shoulder Dystocia

020 Shoulder Dystocia

What happens when the shoulders get stuck in the birth canal?


Shoulder dystocia is when the shoulders fail to delivery easier after the fetal head. If the shoulders do not deliver easily with a few simple maneuvers it is considered an obstetric emergency. Shoulder dystocia is not always easy to  anticipate and prevent, and often occurs in the absence of risk factors.

The incidence of shoulder dystocia is 0.2 to 3 percent of births and the calm trained demeanor of an expert birth professional is paramount to navigating these situations with confidence. 

In this episode, Dr. Abdelhak walks us through how to approach this labor room situation.  

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