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Maternal death: Women die in childbirth form blood clots to the lungs, sepsis, bleeding disorders, primary pulmonary hypertension. Lupus, preeclampsia, heart disease, strokes, and other underlying medical disorders. Even in the 21st century, people die. We do the best we can as physicians, but some problems are insurmountable. ...Read more
"Imperfect process": Childbirth has many variables that can cause serious difficulties that can, if untreated, cause death. Hemorrhage, infections and birth "accidents" all contribute in spite of the technology of OB hospital care. Still in the usa women often deliver in non-hospital environments that do not provide the "necessary backup" needed in case of emergency.Living through childbirth(perfect) is not a "given". ...Read more
Die in childbirth: In the days of the cowboys and pioneers to this country some women died of hemmorrage after childbirth. Now, allthough those complications appear once in a while, good medicine has almost negated maternal fetalaties. ...Read more
Blood loss, sepsis: Severe blood loss or uncontrolled infection can kill even today. Also complications from high blood pressure, seizures, and blood clots can be fatal. Fortunately these days a maternal death is rare in developed countries, but will be much higher wherever a cesarean section cannot be easily and safely done. ...Read more
12.7 per 100000: The latest data i could find was from 2007 when 12.7 maternal deaths occurred for every 100, 000 live births. That amounts to about 568 mothers that year. The lowest rate before 2007 was in 1987 when it was 6.6 deaths per 100, 000 live births. In 1950 it was 83.3 deaths per 100, 000 live births. ...Read more
A few things: Blood pressure elevations with seizures strokes. Blood loss that can not be replaced quick enough, blood clots causing embolus to lungs. Amniotic fluid embolus. Fortuately theseare rare . The high level of health care in developed counties can usually diagnose these conditions before they become life threatening. ...Read more
Should people be scared about having a baby? How many women die in pregnancy and childbirth in the u.S.?
Very rare !: Maternal mortality is rare in the U.S. So low that it is expressed as deaths per every 100, 000 live births ! due to prenatal care, modern anesthesia and blood banks, most women survive even complicated pregnancies. If considering pregnancy, talk to your obgyn. Your particular fears and relative risk can be assessed at that time. Good luck ! ...Read more
Too many...: Most are women in Africa and Asia with poor access to medical care. In the United States, there about 600 (or 15-20 in every 100,000) a year. Most of these deaths could be prevented with good prenatal care and access to medical services like transfusion, blood pressure medicines, antibiotics, etc. ...Read more
16.7..: 16.7 per 100, 000 births.Get a more detailed answer ›
Low: Mortality rate in the US is approximately 17 per 100,000 live births. Many factors contribute to mortality and complications. Here is some information: http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/MaternalInfantHealth/PMSS.html ...Read more
Depends: Ovulation after giving birth is different for every woman. On average, it occurs around 7 weeks after birth but can really happen any time from 4-11 weeks. This is also affected by breastfeeding as this prolongs ovulation. Women who are sexually active and do not desire pregnancy right away should be on some sort of birth control. Discuss your contraceptive options with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why do they say that a woman with type 2diabetes may not need to take insulin at all for a while following childbirth??
Diabetic pregnancy: The inception of a pregnancy to a Diabetic mother actually makes the blood sugars rise unpredictably during the pregnancy + insulin use. Once the delivery occurs, the blood sugars often rapidly drop for a few days as the stressor (baby & placenta) is no longer on board. However, blood sugar monitoring post partum still needs to be done as insulin needs may return if sugar blood levels rise again. ...Read more
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