Author(s): symphysiotomy; failure to progress; obstructed labor; shoulder dystocia
In Poland, symphysiotomy is believed to be a procedure that should never take place in contemporary obstetrics. However, it is still an alternative to cesarean section in many countries. This paper presents a historical overview of this procedure. It also provides a description of symphysiotomy as it is currently conducted in Papua New Guinea. The literature review revealed that this procedure is believed to be an inexpensive, non-invasive and life-saving procedure (both to the mother and the child) if cesarean section is not available or in special situations.