Shoulder dystocia occurs when a baby’s head passes through the vagina during birth, but his shoulders were stuck inside the mother. This can be risky for both mother and baby. Dystocia means a “labor and delivery slow or difficult.”
Shoulder dystocia may occur when:
- The baby is bigger than usual. Overweight women and women with diabetes have an increased risk of having bigger babies.
- The opening of the mother’s pelvis is too small for the baby’s shoulders to pass.
- While there are risk factors for shoulder dystocia, health professionals usually can not predict or prevent it. In most of cases are discovered after delivery has begun.