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Most New York parents are told about shaken baby syndrome when they begin to have children. Shaken baby syndrome occurs when a parent or caregiver essentially shakes the baby's brain, causing an injury that could lead to death or serious injuries.

Read more: Shaken baby syndrome symptoms

One of the most common medical practices used during childbirth, electronic fetal monitoring, may actually pose risks to both mothers and their babies. Health care professionals in New York and around the country may view EFM as a method of avoiding serious risks and complications during labor and delivery. Additionally, records of monitoring are often used to avert medical malpractice possibilities.

Read more: Dangers associated with electronic fetal monitoring

It might be nerve-racking for pregnant women in New York to know that the maternal mortality rate in the United States has increased since 1990. In every 100 live births prior to the 1930s, almost one woman died from related complications. This rate had steadily declined by 1987 to fewer than eight maternal deaths out of 100,000 births. Between 1990 and 2013, however, 18.5 women out of 100,000 giving birth died.

Read more: Maternal death rate on the rise

According to a recent study carried out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women in the U.S. who undergo C-sections are more likely to suffer from a wide range of medical complications. Due to these findings, women in New York and around the country may want to seek out other means of giving birth if they are pregnant or planning on having a baby.

Read more: C-section births result in higher risk of health complications

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