Written by Dr.M.D.Mazumdar, MD
Most maternal injuries occur during the second stage of labour but the diagnosis is made in the third stage after the delivery of the baby.
Although many of the maternal complications in labor can be avoided by proper management of labor and delivery, complications can occur in the best of hands and in the best of institutions.
Complications may be short term or immediate complications. Or they may appear some time after childbirth. These are called long term complications.
While there are a large number of potential maternal complications in labor, only the more common ones are described here.
Also, the maternal complications after a normal childbirth and after a cesarian section are different. Here, only complications after normal delivery have been described.
These complications occur immediately after or even during the childbirth. In all cases of childbirth, a proper examination of the vulva and vagina is necessary to rule out any complications which may be missed at that time and become apparent at a later time. Early diagnosis prevents the complication from becoming more serious and from affecting the mother's health.
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These are complications which occur months or even years after the childbirth but are related to problems associated with childbirth.
Most maternal complications, both immediate and long term, can be prevented if proper care is taken during childbirth..
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