Birth injuries are devastating to both newborns and their parents -- especially because they're often preventable. Cerebral palsy, for example, is often the result of a doctor's mistake instead of the consequences of bad genetics or other complications.
If you're a recent mother in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, the odds are high that you gave birth via C-section. In fact, there are no higher rates of C-sections among new mothers anywhere else in the United States in counties with 100,000 or more people. Rapides Parish has earned the unhappy distinction of being the C-section "capital" of the nation.
It used to be understood that childbirth was a dangerous undertaking. Women and babies alike commonly died in the process.
A new study using data from California may be both unsettling and shocking. According to a 2010-2012 study of postpartum deaths, almost 20% of new mothers who die within a year of giving birth do so via suicide or drug overdose.
There are a number of common birth injuries that are actually avoidable if a physician is alert to the signs that they could happen and takes the proper precautions during labor and delivery.
In modern-day America, there are some troubling statistics about maternal death rates during and just after childbirth. In general, women are dying far too often -- but black women are dying as many as four times as often and suffering complications that lead to lifelong consequences at twice the rate that white women do.
Women in America are dying to give birth -- and nobody is doing much about it.