Originally Posted by fourlittlebirds
I find this hard to believe. I have to wonder what the circumstances surrounded those maternal deaths during birth have been?
The stats that 1 in 10,000 women die during vaginal delivery?
The stats that 1 in 200,000 women will die as a result of epidural placement during labor?
Not sure what to tell you, except these are the numbers. For vaginal delivery, think PPH that cannot be controlled so mom bleeds to death, amniotic embolisim, infection due to retained placenta that leads to septic shock and death, etc etc etc.
It's rare, 1 in 10,000 certainly isn't a huge number, but I personally know of two women who have died after vaginal deliveries. If I count the ones that DH is aware of through working on L&D for the past 3 years, that number goes to 5. It happens. It's well documented. I know you can find the 1 in 10,000 number on almost any website dealing with vaginal delivery vs. c-section (which carries a 1 in 2500 risk of death or 1 in 5000 risk of death if it is a scheduled section with no labor).
As for the epidural risks, that number comes from research as well. DH gets all the anesthesia publications, and I've never seen the number any HIGHER than 1 in 200,000 for laboring women, although I have seen it LOWER in some studies. I figured I'd go with worst case scenerio since it's still such an incredibly low risk.