The McRoberts’ maneuver is a procedure performed to release a baby’s impacted shoulder during shoulder dystocia. The mother’s legs are held back in a flexed position and pulled to her chest to further open the pelvis and allow the baby’s shoulder to be released. At the same time suprapubic pressure is applied to the mother’s lower abdomen over the pubic bone.
Fundal pressure, pressure applied to the upper abdomen, SHOULD NOT be used. Fundal pressure can cause serious injury tot he mother and the baby.