CDC Reports Steep Rise in Birth Complications for Women

A recent study released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) points to an alarming spike in the rate of severe complications for women during and after childbirth. The study shows that in the decade that ended in 2009, cardiac arrest, respiratory distress, and kidney failure incidents during delivery rose by an astounding 75 percent. Over the same time period, severe post-delivery complications more than doubled.

The birth lawyers in Jacksonville at Farah & Farah have learned that severe complications during and after childbirth affect nearly 52,000 women a year and obstetrics-related complications account for some $17.4 billion in hospital costs annually. According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), obstetrics can account for 25 percent or more of what a hospital pays out in malpractice suits.

The reasons for this shocking spike are varied. Mothers are getting older and many are obese. Some suffer from chronic health problems.

Alarmingly, Caesarian-section delivery rates have risen 60 percent since 1996. This rise in C-sections has seen a corresponding rise in a condition called placenta accreta, in which the placenta grows into the uterine wall through a surgical scar. This can result in severe hemorrhaging after delivery.

The CDC is currently funding programs in several states to improve safety and prevent injury during and after childbirth. The chief of CDC’s maternal and child health bureau told WSJ “Regardless of age or health, when things go wrong they can go south very fast, and you need a well-oiled team trained to respond in times of crisis”.

According to the head of obstetrics and gynecology at New York’s Columbia University Medical Center, even low-risk patients can die from hemorrhage and pulmonary embolism in the first few days after delivery, so it is important that hospitals follow standardized prevention measures.

Prompt and proper medical care is essential during childbirth complications for both mother and child. If you or your child were harmed due to the negligence of a physician or health care institution, the Law firm of Farah & Farah in Jacksonville can help you seek compensation for damages. To discuss your case, call us at (800) 533-3555 or contact us online.