For mothers, the risks of death are usually low. However, this prognosis can change given the presence of a handful of conditions, which increase the risk of death for both mother and baby:
- Closed cervix
- Delayed diagnosis and treatment of placental abruption
- Hidden uterine bleeding during pregnancy
- A lack of labor
- Excessive blood loss
That last condition, excess blood loss, may lead to shock and possible death for the mother or baby. In some cases, the bleeding may occur after delivery; if the blood loss cannot be controlled, the mother may require a hysterectomy.