Well, I'm not going to go into the details, but it wasn't for being 14 days past due. The reason I'm nhot going into details is that I'm not interested in making a huge debate of every detail.
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7/8/04 at 7:02pm
Originally Posted by bionicsquirrel
I personally don't think that pre-eclampsia is a real issue, though others might disagree. .
|In the past, most Americans were born at home with lay midwives attending. The mortality rate for both mothers and babies was higher in 1900, at 700 maternal deaths per 100,000 births (Korte and Scaer 97), than it is now. Babies also died at a significantly higher rate at that time, which decreased to 28.9 births per thousand by 1960 (Korte and Scaer 98). Obstetricians tend to emphasize that many women used to die in childbirth, implying that we should be grateful for current obstetric practice. However, even in 1900, the percent of women who died giving birth was only 7/10ths of one percent! One has to wonder how this percentage compares with our country’s current cesarean section rate of 22%. Are the surgeries performed on these mothers actually saving them from imminent death? Maternal and infant mortality are lower now than they were 40 years ago. But the assumption that hospital birth is safer for mother and baby has never been supported (Jones 6). Prenatal care, better nutrition, antibiotics and blood transfusion have played more of a part in the relative safety of birth now.|
|Dr. Lewis Mehl did a study comparing home and hospital birth with mothers from California and Wisconsin with matched populations of 2,092 mothers for each group. Midwives and family doctors attended the homebirths; OBGYNs and family doctors attended hospital births. Within the hospital group, the fetal distress rate was 6 times higher. Maternal hemorrhage was 3 times higher. Limp, unresponsive newborns arrived 3 times more often. Neonatal infections were 4 times as common. There were 30 permanent birth injuries caused by doctors (Jones 99).|
|Cesarean surgeries are directly associated with increased rates of maternal mortality. This means that out of 4.5 million births last year (1997), a CS rate of 24% resulted in the death of approximately 341 new mothers from the complications of cesarean surgery, compared to only 270 maternal deaths for vaginal birth, -- 20% more deaths for the 1/4 of the mothers delivered by section that the 3/4 quarters who gave birth vaginally. Quite clearly, preventing unnecessary cesarean surgeries prevents maternal mortality.|
18% of U.S. maternal deaths -several hundred women
Originally Posted by Mamid
pre-e wouldn't be that dangerous if the doctors acutally listenned to the women they treat and stopped dismissing early warning signals as "minor pregnancy complaints" and started treatment right away, pre-e complications would drop. They also need to stop giving bad nutritional advice especially about restricting salt. You need salt to keep every cell in your body happy. Restricting it causes your body to try to keep every molecule of it and so it starts to swell from water weight gain.