Injuries to mothers during childbirth decreased significantly between 2000 and 2006, according to the latest news and numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The number of mothers who experienced injuries while giving birth vaginally without the use of forceps or other instruments dropped by 30 percent.
For mothers giving birth vaginally with the use of instruments and by cesarean section, injuries declined about 20 percent.
Despite the declines, nearly 158,000 potentially preventable injuries occurred to mothers and infants during childbirth in U.S. hospitals in 2006. Specifically:
AHRQ had more limited data on injuries to newborns during childbirth. The Agency found that:
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