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Shoulder dystocia during labor

Shoulder dystocia is a condition associated with the birthing process. It occurs when the mother’s pelvis injures one or both of a baby shoulders during the process of labor. If this happens, your health care provider in Michigan may try to move your body into a more comfortable position for you to push the baby out.

Most mothers and babies will recover completely from issues caused by shoulder dystocia. However, if it is severe enough, both the mother and the baby can have several problems. The baby may suffer damage to the brachial plexus nerves, which are the nerves that go from the baby’s neck down into the baby’s arm. Damage to the brachial plexus nerves can cause permanent weakness in the baby’s shoulder. In some cases, the baby may have fractures in their collarbone as well. The mother may experience heavy bleeding or postpartum hemorrhaging after giving birth to the baby. The injury to the baby’s shoulder could cause tearing to the mother’s perineum, which is the area between the vagina and the rectum.

A few risk factors that increase the likelihood of your baby getting shoulder dystocia is if you had this condition in a previous pregnancy or if you gained a significant amount of weight over the span of the pregnancy. Any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes can put you at risk for shoulder dystocia. This is because diabetes damages the blood vessels in your body, your kidneys and your nervous system. Gestational diabetes is also included as a possible risk factor for the baby’s development of shoulder dystocia.

If you suspect that you may be a victim of negligence during the birthing process and that this negligence resulted in your baby developing shoulder dystocia, you may want to speak with a lawyer. A legal professional may explain more about how to proceed with this birth injury.

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