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Most Women Experience Complicated Deliveries, AHRQ Says

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- More than nine out of every 10 women giving birth in the U.S. had complications in 2008, according to data released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Premature labor, urinary infection anemia, diabetes, vomiting, bleeding and hypertension were among complications experienced by 94 percent of women hospitalized for pregnancy and delivery, the federal agency reports in its latest News and Numbers.

AHRQ also found that complications during delivery also made up nearly five percent of total U.S. hospital costs at $17.4 billion.  Hospital stays for complicated pregnancies cost almost 50 percent more than those without complications, the agency says.

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