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- noun In obstetrics, abnormal presentation in childbirth, as of a shoulder.
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abnormal positioningof a fetusat the time of delivery
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Medical conditions that require special attention include insulindependent diabetes, high blood pressure, preeclampsia, multiple births, placenta previa, intrauterine growth restriction, and malpresentation—all relatively rare.
There was a huge live calf in there and the only thing stopping the delivery was that there was a leg back -- normally a simple malpresentation and easily corrected.
It wasn't just a case of sorting out a malpresentation, it meant that a huge calf was finding it impossible to find a way out.
The only cases where interference is justifiable is where her powers are exhausted or some malformation exists or malpresentation occurs.
By applying their hands to the abdominal walls they try to ascertain the position of the fetus in utero and usually to correct malpresentation.
If there is malpresentation of the fetus it will hinder progress until rectified, as in difficult parturition.
The water bags may now be ruptured, any malpresentation rectified (see "Difficult parturition"), and delivery effected.
Then, if the ear can be reached, the correction of the malpresentation may be attempted as above described.
-- This differs from the last malpresentation only in the direction of the head, which has to be sought above rather than at one side, and is to be secured and brought forward in a similar manner.
The most common events reported were conditions that can result in Caesarean section (e.g., failure of labor, malpresentation, cephalopelvic disproportion), premature onset of labor (e.g., threatened abortions, premature rupture of membranes), and pregnancy-related medical problems (e.g., pre-eclampsia, hyperemesis).