this is your first baby or your fourth, each childbirth experience is
different and special. Complications during labor and delivery are so
common that only 57 percent of women have a delivery with no maternal
complications! One out of four of us have cesarean sections, a major
surgical procedure. The most common complications are third and fourth
degree lacerations, cervical lacerations, pelvic trauma, postpartum
hemorrhage, preeclampsia, eclampsia and infection.
Center for Disease Control (CDC) study documenting complications in
labor and birth was published recently in the American Journal of
Public Health (April 2003). Although it received little attention, the
study shatters our na´ve view of American birthing as a safe life cycle
event. I learned that 43 percent of American women who give birth, or
nearly 1.7 million women annually, suffer some kind of severe maternal
complication! I also learned that the CDC study was the first report of
its kind to study American women during labor and delivery.
some of these complications can be diagnosed and treated during
pregnancy, many obstetric emergencies cannot be prevented. Proper
diagnosis and management by a doctor or midwife is necessary to prevent
the complication from becoming severe or life threatening.
Here is a list of possible complications during childbirth, some common and some quite rare:
Myomectomy (Uterine Fibroid Removal)
Premature Rupture of Membranes (PROM)
Vacuum Extractor Delivery