Missouri Lawyers Weekly reports on a recent medical malpractice defense verdict after an 8 day trial in Buchanan County, Missouri in favor of an obstetrician and nurse involving a difficult deliver almost 12 years ago.
Shoulder dystocia can result from a difficult childbirth where the baby’s head is able to clear but the shoulders – typically one shoulder – will not come out. Not surprisingly, this problem develops with larger babies.
The doctor in this case argued that he used fundal pressure and forceps to clear the shoulder. Defendants further claimed there was no shoulder dystocia and any complications the baby had must have occurred in utero (I’m assuming the last part).