Normally, the placenta that protects and nurtures an unborn child forms at the top of the uterus, well away from the cervix. In about one out of every 200 pregnancies, however, something goes wrong and the placenta attaches itself partially or completely over the cervix -- putting both the baby and the mother at risk. A C-section is the only safe method of delivery.
When you picture a place where women commonly end up dying in childbirth, do you think of some distant country where they give birth in their homes, far away from adequate medical care, or do you picture a modern hospital somewhere in the United States?
When you hear of women dying in childbirth due to inadequate medical care, are your first thoughts of the distant past or an undeveloped nation?
Why are so many women in the United States facing death or permanent injury in childbirth?
A normal pregnancy lasts about 38 to 40 weeks -- when it's full term. In some cases, however, a baby may be born too soon -- and that may result in physical and cognitive challenges that last well into adulthood.
Pregnancy is a particularly vulnerable period in a woman's life -- and in the life of her unborn child. The medical care that a mother receives during her pregnancy can have consequences that affect that child's entire future.
Shoulder dystocia occurs during vaginal births when the baby's shoulders get stuck during a vaginal birth even though the baby is in the normal birthing position (with his or her head facing downward).
Childbirth is an admittedly difficult process for most women -- and it's easy for a tiny baby to end up injured. How do you tell the difference between simple bruises from the birth and a serious injury?
It's estimated that birth injuries are fairly common -- but not every birth injury is noticed right away.
If you're pregnant, the odds are good that someone has told you a delivery-room horror story or two already. However, the person who really should be giving you the scary details of your potential experience may not even say a word.