3 Most Common Causes For Maternal Death During Delivery

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There are moments in life, where a happy occasion is overlapped with a devastating one, making the whole experience a very negative emotional roller -coaster.
One such instance is when a mother loses her life, while giving birth to her child.

The entire situation can be devastating because, the newborn infant, loses his/her mother, even before they had a chance to even look at each other and then the child has to grow up without a mother.

The instance when a mother dies during labour or childbirth is known as maternal death. Maternal death can be an extremely shocking and depressing incident for the family as well.

In some cases of maternal death, if there are too many health complications, then there are chances of the newborn dying as well.

Childbirth, just like any other medical procedure, involves certain complications can arise, so a lot of precautions must be taken.

So, have a look at some of the most common causes for maternal death, here.

1. Hypertension

Common Causes For Maternal Death

One of the most common causes for maternal death is hypertension, or high blood pressure. If the mother is already suffering from high blood pressure, before childbirth, it can be elevated during labour, inducing heavy blood loss or cardiac arrest, due to the contractions of the uterus, thus causing maternal death. So, a lot of precautions must be taken if the mother is suffering from hypertension.

2. Obstetrical Hemorrhage

Common Causes For Maternal Death

Obstetrical hemorrhage is a medical emergency that can also cause maternal death during child birth. In this condition, there is a lot of postpartum bleeding that is experienced by the woman, internally. So, if the doctors are unable to stop the bleeding or if immediate medical attention is not given, the excessive bleeding can lead to organ failure, causing maternal death.

3. Uterine Rupture

Common Causes For Maternal Death

Yet another common cause for maternal death is uterine rupture. During labour, a woman's uterus experiences a series of intense contractions, in order to push out the baby, through the vaginal opening. In some cases, the contractions can be so intense that the uterus can rupture, thus inducing a massive amount of bleeding, resulting in death.

Read more about: pregnancy, delivery, bleeding
Story first published: Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 15:44 [IST]
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