Here’s a bit of information that you don’t want to hear until after your wife has her fourth Caesarean section… A recent study revealed that C-sections more than triple a woman’s risk of dying during childbirth as compared to a ‘normal’ (i.e., vaginal) delivery. I’ve actually written about this in the past with regard to C-sections in developing countries, this study is based on data collected in France. While the risk of maternal death is still quite low, the 3.6X increase isn’t something to sneeze at. Interestingly, the risk of death following childbirth was increased whether or not the C-section was scheduled, or was performed following the onset of labor. In our case, my wife had two unscheduled and two scheduled C-sections, so we had all the bases covered.