Coming from a family full of vets, farmers and biologists, actually lots of animals die during pregnancy and birth too. And not just those animals we have domesticated (and arguably manipulated in ways normal evolution wouldn't have) but wild creatures. And lots and LOTS of young baby animals die. I can remember hearing about a friend's horse who nearly died during labour (the foal's forefeet tore through into the rectum, labour arrested, the foal died, come morning they found her and the vet came up and cut the foal out piece by piece to save the mare, it had gone so badly and been so long since the initial fistula they couldn't even sew her shredded vagina and anus up properly, she had to have major reconstructive surgery 6 months later. Her pregnancy was normal, the foal was not over-large, there was no reason to suspect anything would go wrong. It just did. My uncle was a vet, his c-section rate for cows was 10% for heifers, around 3-5% for cows, but he never did a c-section when the calf would probably die anyway, they were cut out like the foal, to save the cow the surgery. Birth is dangerous, all births, for all creatures.
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5/19/10 at 7:49pm