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A 29-year-old member asked:

what are chances i will die in childbirth?

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Dr. Miguel Cano
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Very Low: With modern medicine, your chances are very low. Receive good prenatal care which can identify conditions that place you at risk. Then the proper arrangements can be made to keep you safe at delivery. Tell your doc if you have any medical problems, prior surgical complications, reactions to medicines, and follow their expertise. Delivering at a facility with emergency capabilities also is safer.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

Can childbirth cause maternal death?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
Yes: Unfortunately, childbirth can still cause death. This is usually from bleeding, general anesthesia or stroke. Your best bet to reduce this risk is to start your pregnancy healthy. Eat a balanced diet, exercise and control any medical problems you do have. Nothing can take the risk to zero but you would be surprised how much you can do!
A 31-year-old member asked:

What are leading causes of death in childbirth?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder answered
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Bleeding, high BP: Sadly, women are still dying around the world during childbirth. Some conditions could be prevented by better care and closer hospitals. Others cannot. Over the ages, leading causes of death eg infection have been better controlled in developed nations. However, it is still difficult to prevent progression of rising blood pressure as in preeclampsia and bleeding from placental or uterine problems.
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 47 years experience
The top three causes of maternal death in the United States are now pulmonary embolism, post-partum hemorrhage, and pre-eclampsia. Infection is number four.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

How does can a person exactly die from childbirth?

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Dr. Samuel Freedman
Pediatrics 9 years experience
Childbirth: Many possible ways especially with c-section. Anesthesia, allergic reaction to medication, blood clots especially pulmonary embolus, bleeding, reaction to blood products if transfused, infection, toxemia or extremely high blood pressure, stroke, seizure, etc...
A 42-year-old member asked:

What causes death during childbirth?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Several: Massive hemorrhage is the most important killer and is usually controlled with today's treatments (jehovah's witnesses are 66x more likely to die in childbirth); amniotic fluid embolization is rare but kills about 1 mother in 50000. Eclampsia and infection, formerly tremendous killers, are usually manageable today.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How probable is it that you die giving childbirth?

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Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Periodontics 42 years experience
Very, very rare: The U.S. Maternal mortality rate rose to 13 deaths per 100, 000 live births in 2004, according to statistics released in 2007 by the national center for health statistics.

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