Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Curtailing the Scapel: C-Sections and the Rise of Maternal Mortality
Via Our Bodies Ourselves:
In an op-ed in the L.A. Times, Jennifer Block further contextualizes last month's surprising news that the U.S. maternal mortality rate rose to 13 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2004.
That amounts to the deaths of 540 women in 2004, 45 more than were reported in 2003 when the rate was 12 deaths per 100,000 live births. That also happened to be the first year since 1977 that the maternal death rate rose above 10 per 100,000 live births.
The statistics were released by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (PDF)....
Caesarean sections, which now account for a staggering almost 30 percent of all births, and increasing maternal obesity, which can lead to more complications, are cited as probable reasons for the increase. Some researchers also point to changes in the way childbirth deaths are reported.