The delivery complication known as shoulder dystocia is said to occur when an infant’s shoulder becomes lodged behind the mother’s pubic bone, making a normal delivery impossible. In many cases, this problem can be addressed, resulting in a normal and healthy delivery. However, in one Virginia family’s case, it led to permanent disability. During a 2006 delivery that was being overseen by a midwife, the male infant being delivered experienced shoulder dystocia. In order to resolve the issue, the midwife in attendance applied excessive pressure to the head and arms of the baby, causing a severe injury that resulted in a disability that doctors say will be a lifelong health condition for the boy. A jury agreed with the assertion that this treatment decision was in error, and awarded the family $2.3 million.
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