Increase in childbirth complications

January 21, 2009 2:17:14 PM PST
The number of women who now experience complications during delivery is on the rise. A new report shows the rate of such complications increased significantly between 1990 and 2005. Problems such as blood clots, serious breathing difficulties, shock, kidney failure and the need for blood transfusions increased from .64 percent to .81 percent from 1998 to 2005.

Researchers reporting in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology say some of these complications may be associated with an increase in the rate of caesarean deliveries.

Though experts say more research is needed, the study highlights that the risks of c-sections sometimes get downplayed.