The labor and birth process is usually straightforward, but sometimes complications arise that may need immediate attention.

Complications can occur during any part of the labor process.

According to the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, specialized help is more likely to be needed if a pregnancy lasts more than 42 weeks, if there has been a previous cesarean delivery, or when the mother is of an older age.

This article will look at ten of the problems that can occur, why they happen, the treatment available, and some measures that can help prevent them.

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If delivery takes longer than expected, this may be described as "failure to progress." This can happen for a number of reasons.