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Emergency C-section delivery, popped babies spine on delivery. What does this mean?

My sister delivered a newborn yesterday, she originally was a vaginal birth but the shoulders would not come out. The babies head was completely delivered for approximately 2 hours at which time they decided they were going to have to do a c section. When pulling the baby babies head back through the birth canal, they popped the babies spine . My sister has not been able to see or hold the baby since she was born. My question is what exactly does that mean that the babies spine popped .
Asked On : Fri, 27 Jul 2012
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Spinal popping is a very general term. It is not a medical term.

I think your sister had Shoulder dystocia for which c- section was done. It has adverse effects on the baby like brachial plexopathy and clavicular fracture. Probably there is a spinal injury too.

Please discuss about these with her obstetrician.

Hope this helps.

Answered: Thu, 2 Aug 2012
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