Thank goodness modern medicine has developed to make childbirth safer for both mothers and babies. More could be done though to make it even safer, such as increased staffing levels in hospitals, especially at weekends and overnight, better monitoring of mums-to-be and more theatres available for caesarean deliveries when they are required.
More mothers now need surgery to deliver a baby due to their narrow pelvis size, according to a study. Researchers estimate cases where the baby cannot fit down the birth canal have increased from 30 in 1,000 in the 1960s to 36 in 1,000 births today. Historically, these genes would not have been passed from mother to child as both would have died in labour.