Maternal deaths are at the highest rate in decades. Experts believe that maternal obesity and jump in c-sections rates are partly to blame:
The rising c-section rate is partly to blame??? When are we going to admit that cesarean is major surgery WITH lots of inherent risks? Why are doctors and hospitals still insisting on practicing based on tradition and fear of lawsuits rather than evidence? Isn’t the first part of the hypocratic oath “Do No Harm?”
The reality is that the more birth becomes managed and the more c-sections we do, the more “normal” it becomes and the more women expect it. You won’t have any trouble finding women in this state who are perfectly accepting of the c-section rate at many hospitals because “they deal with high risk women” or other nonsense. The more we pass off overly managed birth as “normal,” the more difficult it becomes to actually realize what normal birth is.
Women and their partners need to reclaim birth for what it is: a normal physiological process for bringing new life into this world that usually does NOT need to be tampered with.
"The maternal mortality rate rose to 13 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2004, according to statistics released this week by the for Health Statistics.
The rate was 12 per 100,000 live births in 2003 — the first time the maternal death rate rose above 10 since 1977."
The late 70s when was doctors asked themselves not “What can we do to make birth safer?” but “How can we have more control over birth?” 30 years later, we have more women dying.
Are these statistics accurate? What happens when a woman is discharged and then returns due to complications? Surely they don’t admit her back to post partum. She winds up on med-surg. If she dies, do they list her death as related to childbirth?
"Valerie Scythes, a 35-year-old elementary schoolteacher, died in March at a hospital in New Jersey — the state with the highest Caesarean section rate. She had had a C-section, as did another teacher at the same school who died after giving birth at the same hospital two weeks later.
However, Scythes died of a blocked blood vessel and the other woman died from bleeding, said John Baldante, a Philadelphia attorney investigating the death for Scythes’ family.
“I’m not sure there was any connection between the two deaths,” Baldante said."
Here’s what I don’t understand: Why could this hospitals handle c-sections but couldn’t handle complications resulting from c-sections? Why were these women taken to different hospitals? Why couldn’t Underwood do something?