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Childbirth Risks -- Major

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Presentation: Childbirth
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The major complications that can happen before, during, or after childbirth are:
• High blood pressure during pregnancy, which may worsen with labor,
• Preterm labor,
• Failure to progress through the stages of labor,
• Allergic reaction to medication,
• Stress that is harmful to the baby,
• Abnormal presentation,
• Problems with the umbilical cord,
• Uterine inversion, which means that the uterus turns inside out,
• Prolonged pregnancy,
• Infection,
• Postpartum depression,
• Heavy bleeding before, during or after labor - which can be caused by:
o Uterine atony,
o Serious cuts or tears in the birth canal, rectum, or bladder
• Or placenta problems such as:
o Placenta previa,
o Placental abruption,
o Retained placenta, or
o Placenta accrete
• Or other rare and unlikely events.
You will have the option to see more information on each of these shortly. Several of these complications may be prevented or prepared for, if the mother is able to get good pre-natal care. So, it is important to keep all scheduled check-ups before your baby is born.

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