Originally Posted by everydayMommy
Just wanted to add my story - my 3rd had shoulder dystocia, she was a big girl and posterior (I don't know if that matters?) She was born at home and I moved around a lot in labour - standing, sitting in the tub, walking, etc. So I don't think you can prevent it with freedom of movement! She really did have big shoulders, too, it was funny! Later, after she came out unscathed, that is!
Obviously dystocias can't be completely prevented, but freedom of movement will certainly help, and apparently you still had your baby naturally...due to freedom of movement. In my opinion, a dystocia that is a true emergency (where the mother has full freedom of movement) is very rare. They become emergencies when you're laying on a delivery table with an epidural and whatever else they've pumped into you.
(On another note, thanks for sharing your story, as it is appreciated.)
Looking at it from a different perspective, even if dystocias were meant to happen and have bad outcomes for our species, the use of c-section could potentially be upping our rates of complications like that, since normally a baby with big shoulders (or likewise, a woman that produces babies that are difficult to birth) might not make it (and therefore not be able to carry on those genes). Anyway there's my random two cents for the day.