Thorp, John M., Jr. (2014). BJOG Editor's Choice: Delivery Room to Court Room. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 121(1)
Nothing produces more palpable fear for an obstetrician or midwife during labour and delivery than a severe shoulder dystocia. It is the penultimate test of composure and dexterity performed in front of the women's family, and upon the mother who hopes her travails are over. All the drills and simulation laboratories in the world cannot reproduce these challenges. Prolonged delays can asphyxiate the baby, who cannot receive oxygen as lungs and cord are compromised, while ‘excessive’ traction is supposedly the cause of permanent brachial plexus injury and lifelong disability (just ask Kaiser Wilhelm and the continent of Europe about downstream sequelae.)
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Thorp, John M., Jr.