Shoulder Dystocia – Other Factors

There a variety of other factors that increase the risk for Shoulder Dystocia, they include:


  • The pregnancy going beyond term also called a post-date pregnancy;
  • Previous delivery of a large baby;
  • Excessive weight gain during the pregnancy;
  • A prolonged labor;
  • Maternal Obesity;
  • A mothers pelvis that is smaller then necessary to allow passage of the baby’s shoulders. (in this circumstance even a small baby can suffer from a shoulder dystocia)
  • Each of these factors along with many more can increase the chances of a shoulder dystocia.