By Sharon Johnson
WeNews senior correspondent
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
In the United States 1 out of every 7 maternal deaths occurs six weeks after delivery, so some deaths might have been prevented if the woman received more follow-up care.
"On the other hand, some women may have received too many interventions," Bingham said. "Surgical interventions may have reached a level of overuse in the United States. Although there has been a 50 percent increase in the number of Cesarean sections since the 1990s, we have not seen any data to show that this leads to improvements in outcomes for the mother or baby. C-sections carry all the risks of abdominal surgery, such as infection and hemorrhage and life-long complications, such as adhesions."
The city's report found that 79 percent of all mothers who died from pregnancy-related causes gave birth via C-section. Although the report did not break the C-section data down by race or ethnicity, it did note that C-sections were the most common method of delivery among women who died from hemorrhage, infections and embolism.