Many people assume that the dangers commonly associated with giving birth
are a thing of the past. A recent study indicates, however, that giving
birth still carries risks and that complications may be on the rise.
According to statistics compiled by the United States Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), emergencies during delivery – including
cardiac arrest, respiratory distress and kidney failure – increased
75 percent during the decade ending 2009. During the same period, complications
for new mothers in the days immediately after birth more than doubled.
Each year, there are roughly four million births in the United States.
Minor complications occur during many of these births, but severe complications
occur in approximately 52,000 births annually.
Researchers suggest that the rise in severe complications during birth
stems from an increase in the number of pregnant women who are older,
obese, or who suffer from chronic conditions such as diabetes and kidney
disease. Healthy women, too, can suffer severe complications during birth.
The most common serious complication for women after childbirth is hemorrhage,
or severe bleeding. According to the CDC, there has been a 60 percent
increase in the rate of Cesarean section deliveries in the United States
since 1996. This type of delivery is associated with a condition called
placenta accreta – a condition where the placenta grows into the
uterine wall through a surgical scar – which can cause hemorrhages
Experts Suggest New Focus on Maternal Health
In previous years, health experts have focused their efforts on preventing
injuries to newborns. In light of the recent CDC study, many researchers
are suggesting an equal emphasis on the health of new mothers.
Many hospitals have begun staging drills to allow staff an opportunity
to train for emergencies during birth. In addition, many advocates are
suggesting that women speak to their doctors about possible complications
and options in the event they arise. The goal is for everyone –
including expecting mothers, obstetricians, surgeons, and nurses –
to approach the incidence of these sorts of events calmly and efficiently,
which in turn can help save lives.
Contact a Birth Injury Attorney
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury during childbirth due
to the negligence of a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional, contact
an experienced birth injury attorney. A knowledgeable birth injury lawyer
can assess your case and help you get the fair and adequate compensation
for your injuries you deserve. For more information,
contact a birth injury attorney today.