Shoulder Dystocia May Cause Erb’s Palsy or Brachial Plexus Injury

In the typical birth of an infant, the baby arrives head first, followed by the shoulders and the rest of the body. However, in certain circumstances, the head delivers but the shoulders cannot fit through easily. This is called “shoulder dystocia” and can be an obstetrical emergency. The umbilical cord may be compressed inside the birth canal which can have grave consequences for the baby if this situation is not quickly remedied. One risk factor Continue Reading