As my learning about pregnancy and delivery continues I feel like sharing what I come across as I go along. With that being said lets dive in (:
During labor some woman go through this stage called SHOULDER DYSTOCIA; which is one of those complications that is hard to predict. Shoulder dystocia is a specific case of obstructed labor whereby after the delivery of the head, the anterior shoulder of the baby cannot pass below, or requires extra help to pass below the pelvic symphysis. This is diagnosed when the shoulders fail to deliver shortly after the fetal head. While it happens most with large babies, it can and does occur when the baby is less than eight pounds.
Normally when you start pushing, your baby is facing away from your pubic bone towards your sacrum. Usually, after your baby’s head is born, her head and body will turn sideways. This allows her shoulders and body to pass comfortably through your pelvis on the next contraction. But with shoulder dystocia, usually the front shoulder that gets stuck behind your pelvic bone although it is also possible for the back shoulder to get stuck on the sacrum, preventing her body from being born. (more…)