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Obstetrical complications
ICD-10 O60-O75
ICD-9 650-659
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An obstetric complication is a difficulty or abnormality that arises during the process of labor or delivery.Examples include dystocia and fetal distress.

Such diffulcies can give rise to birth trauma

Psychological sequelea

Effects on the child

Effects on the mother

A very painful labour, particularly if it produces longer term incapacity, for example reqiring intensive care, can disrupt the formation of the maternal bond


Physical effects

The physical effects of these complication and consequent birth trauma can lead to deformation of the head and effect the brain to produce mental retardation and/or neurological disorders


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