Birthing your placenta the third stage of labour nadine edwards sara wickham on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers have you ever thought about how the placenta is born did you know that there are actually three different approaches to the birth of the placenta within maternity care are you aware that research has shown significant advantages to the baby in taking a slower . What is the third stage of labour the third stage of labour is the time between when you have your baby and when the placenta or afterbirth comes out begley et al 2011 nice 2017 once your babys born the release of the hormone oxytocin will make the uterus contract and become smaller. This is from the birth of your baby until the delivery of the membranes the amniotic bag that surrounded your baby and placenta the placenta can be actively managed with the help of drugs or delivered without drugs known as passive management or a physiological third stage. A detailed discussion about physiological and managed third stage managed third stage is very common in the uk it involves the mother being given an injection to expel her placenta physiological natural birth of the placenta is when the woman gives birth to her placenta without any interventions. Your babys cord is cut when it stops pulsing usually after your placentas been delivered possible risks of an unaided third stage your midwife will weigh up the possible risks of having an unaided third stage if youve had problems in the first or second stages of your labour or with a previous birth
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