It depends greatly on your doctor, hospital, country, health and baby's health. In third world countries women die during childbirth frequently. I myself was considered high-risk both labors because I have chronic asthma. I pretty much had oxygen the entire birth. I also have a condition that causes me to bleed more than normal and came close to needing a blood tranfusion both times just from giving birth. They were able to avoid it by giving me a shot to stop bleeding. I'm also prone to anemia and low blood-pressure so those are both things they watch for. There are some women with bad heart conditions and asthma and they aren't allowed to have vaginal births. I guess because all of the pushing would put a strain on the heart. I know after giving birth my chest hurt. Partially because they tell you to tuck your chin to your chest and also because I was pushing like crazy.
at 2:20 AM on Dec. 4, 2010