Case Of The Week: Cephalopelvic Disproportion

Sierra Leone is known for its harsh history and, poor living standards, which makes it one of the worst places in the world to be pregnant, and a child.

Cephalopelvic Disproportion occurs when a baby’s head or body is too large to fit through the mother’s pelvis. The diagnosis usually takes place while the mother is in labour, normally during labour the pelvis spreads and, the baby’s head molds to pass through. The possible causes for this diagnosis, could be hereditary, diabetes, post maturity, multiparity, abnormal fetal positions, small pelvis and, abnormal pelvis. When CPD is properly diagnosed the safest type of delivery for both baby and mother is a caesarean (c-section).

Caesarean (C-sections) is a surgical procedure used to deliver a baby through incisions in the abdomen and uterus. There has been an increase of c-sections in Sierra Leone due to poor living conditions and lack of prenatal knowledge.

Cecilia Conteh underwent a caesarean section at Magbenteh Community Hospital and had a beautiful baby girl. The nurses informed us that the baby was to big for a natural birth and the head was still at the top of the stomach. Thanks to our staff and surgent Sesay the mother is well after treatment and happy to see her baby girl.