Shoulder Dystocia!!

Keely - posted on 03/17/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )




Hey all, im a mother of three and am currently pregnant with my fourth!

All of my babies have gone up in birth size, my first was 8lb 12oz my second was 9lb 7oz and my third was 10lb 6oz.

With my third because he was soo huge he got stuck in the birth canal, eg shoulder dystocia and when he came out he wasn't breathing and had to be resuscitated.

I went to the hospital a couple of weeks ago and they gave me a leaflet on shoulder dystocia just in case this baby is also very large, but it doesn't make for a very nice read and has scared me half to death if it happens again!

They may have to break my babies shoulder to get he/she out or the baby may even die if they cant get it out quick enough!

Do you think i should have the right to an elective c-section to prevent this from happening? Just wanted some other opinions before i approach my midwife.

Thanks guys x

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Kerri - posted on 03/17/2010




i would do what you feel is right for the health and safety of you and the baby and sod what anyone else has to say, going on your last experience if it were me i'd be telling my midwife c-section all the way as i wouldn't want to chance it. best of luck to you.

Blackwood - posted on 03/17/2010




I'm not sure why your doc hasnt' suggested a c-section??? I would do that, just incase. I had a c-section and it wasnt' that bad, my baby is healthy and so am I. I would without a doubt do that, if you don't, you will always wonder about the "what ifs". I personality wouldn't take the change. Book a c-section, have your heathly baby and get on the road to recovery. Best of luck. Keep us updated.

C. - posted on 03/17/2010




That sounds like the same thing that happened to me when I was a baby (I was 10lbs 9oz), except my doctors call it Erb's Palsy. The doctor had to yank me out so hard that blood went in all corners of the room. I, too, had to be resuscitated and they rushed my off to X-ray right after I was born. Sorry, just googled it.. Shoulder Dystocia and Erb's Palsy are the same thing. Anyway, to answer your question, I don't see why you couldn't have a C-Section if you wanted one, especially with something as risky as this. Good luck!

LaCi - posted on 03/17/2010




You are afraid for your child, and rightfully so. You have every right to have an elective c-section. It is your decision. I decided to have a c-section about a week before my son was born because they gave me the option of inducing or c-section for various reasons. I really felt the risks of inducing in my case were worse than the risks for a c-section. I'm very glad that my doctor gave me the choice. When they were closing me up they told me I had made the right decision. There are some situations in which c-sections are just the better option. And I agree with Amanda, don't let anyone make you feel guilty about it if you decide to get a c-section! It's your decision, and you are only concerned about risks to your baby, whichever route you take.

Catherine - posted on 03/17/2010




I'm pretty sure that my doctor would insist on a c-section with those risks.

Amanda - posted on 03/17/2010




that scared me as well, my 1st was 10lb 8oz and when they estimated his size at 11lb 2oz before inducing me they gave me the option of a c-section. i took it, i think in that case the risks of natural birth outweigh the risks of c-section.

you could have them do ultrasounds toward the end of the pregnancy to estimate size of the baby and if the baby is big make a decision from there. that's what i have done this pregnancy (and thankfully he is measuring on the small side of average). ultimately, it is up to you, don't let anyone make you feel guilty for opting for a c-section if that's the route you decide to go!

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