While every new birth involves bleeding, a small percentage of deliveries escalate to what’s considered “excessive bleeding” — a phrase that sounds vague to most people but which the medical community quantifies as more than 500 cubic centimeters (cc) of blood in vaginal delivery and more than 1,000 cc for a Caesarean section. When a woman loses this amount of blood in the process of her labor and delivery, there can be serious, even long-lasting, consequences, both for her and for her baby.
So what exactly happens when a mother bleeds too much during delivery? Whether she loses too much blood because of cervical tearing, improper surgical technique, or uterine inversion, how is her health affected over time? How is her baby’s? To help answer those questions, here’s a look at a few of the possible long-term consequences of excessive bleeding in delivery.
The bottom line with delivery-related bleeding is that too much bleeding is a serious matter. This is why physicians and health professionals have to understand the ramifications of excessive blood loss and take proper precautions to protect both mothers and babies.
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