Shoulder dystocia is a very serious obstetrical complication that occurs when a baby's shoulder becomes stuck behind the mother's pubic bone during a vaginal delivery. When mismanaged, this condition can result in permanent injuries to the brachial plexus nerves and even brain damage. When shoulder dystocia occurs, the doctor is required to take immediate action and order or use certain maneuvers to deliver the baby. There are multiple prenatal signs and symptoms that should alert physicians to the possibility of shoulder dystocia. Moreover, during labor, a c-section can be ordered that will almost always avoid the types of injuries caused by shoulder dystocia mismanagement. If you or a loved one had complications during childbirth and have questions, call Amy Gunn or Anne Brockland at The Simon Law Firm, P.C.