Management of Cephalopelvic Disproportion during Labor
Cephalopelvic disproportion occurs when the baby’s head is too big to fit through the pelvis of the mother during the delivery process. This occurs in many women and will most often present itself when labor doesn’t progress. It is difficult to diagnose this condition before the labor process begins, even when there are indications that it may be the case.
While an ultrasound can be used to determine the size of the baby, it is not always helpful at determining the weight. For this reason, a physical examination of the head and pelvis is usually the best option.
During labor, the pelvis joints will begin to spread in an attempt to give the baby enough room to go through. However, with cephalopelvic disproportion, there will not be enough room for this to occur.
When a baby has this condition, it is best for the woman to have a cesarean section in order to deliver the baby. This can help to protect both the mother and the baby from damage that could take place if the baby is born vaginally. After a woman has had a baby with cephalopelvic disproportion, the chances are good that future pregnancies will not result in the same situation.Management of Cephalopelvic Disproportion during Labor,