15 March 2014: I’m currently studying this topic, so I’ll be filling this page with information….
Food for thought: We all know that there are babies & moms who died in home births who wouldn’t have died in if they’d been in a hospital. But it is equally true that there are babies and moms who die in hospitals who wouldn’t have died had they been at home.
General reasons women die in/due to childbirth:
1. Infection (This was a major cause of death especially in hospitals. But this reduced greatly after 1936 due to the development of antibiotics, not because of practitioners’ carefulness.)
3. Postpartum hemorrhage
4. Other (embolism, accident of practitioner, …)
General reasons babies die in/due to childbirth:
- Congenital malformation (can be from poor diet and vitamin deficiencies in mom, there is an association between chromosomal damage and deficient nutrition and toxins from cigarettes and alcohol.
- Hypoxia–insufficient oxygen before, during, or after the birth