Pregnancy And Childbirth Are Becoming More Complicated

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The number of hospital stays for women who had a normal or uncomplicated birth decreased by 43 percent between 1997 and 2007 ...

The ... study also found an increase in stays for women who had:

-- A previous cesarean section - 107 percent... -- High blood pressure ... 28 percent -- Perineal trauma during childbirth - 22 percent

In contrast, stays for women who had umbilical cord complications fell 15 percent (259,000 to 219,000).

Is pregnancy and birth becoming more complicated, or are we becoming more skilled at recognising and treating complications? Or ... is the legal system at fault, and are we seeing defensive practice prevailing?

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448