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  • Birth placenta - Childbirth information - Huggies
    placenta throughout the pregnancy to prevent you from losing excessive blood Following the baby s birth there is usually a break in the contractions for fifteen to twenty minutes or so before the contractions resume to deliver the placenta The contractions will go on for a while but will usually be far less intense than before although in second and subsequent births they can be stronger For some women the contractions in third stage are still strong enough that it helps to use labour breathing techniques to cope with the discomfort of these contractions Your caregiver may ask you to push a few times to deliver the placenta Again this pushing is far less intense than the delivery of the baby Third stage usually lasts ten to thirty minutes but with active management common in many hospitals it may be much shorter In active management an injection of Syntocinon or other synthetic oxytocin drug is administered to the mother s shoulder or buttock about a minute after the birth of the baby The cord is clamped and cut a couple of minutes later and controlled cord traction where the placenta is pulled away via the cord is applied Proponents of active management argue that it minimises post partum haemorrhage and other serious maternal illnesses However if your hospital or birth place does not practice active management of the birth you may find that third stage lasts a lot longer After thirty minutes you may be given a needle containing to encourage the delivery of the placenta in a homebirth more time is often given Breastfeeding the baby soon after birth can help deliver the placenta faster As with the whole birth process the delivery of the placenta can hold strong emotional significance for some women while others report it as a non event When the placenta is delivered your caregiver will examine it closely to make sure that it has been delivered whole and no part of the placenta has been left behind Retained placenta can cause infection and haemorrhage so it s important to diagnose this quickly They will also examine the umbilical cord and the membranes You may want to see the placenta that has been your baby s support system for the past nine months or you may have no interest in it at all The birth placenta holds significant value in some cultures and for some people and it is not uncommon for people to bring their baby s placenta home bury it in the garden and plant a tree above it because the placenta contains such nutritious elements And although nearly everyone will draw the line at cooking it up for dinner there are many semi serious websites that even have recipes for birth placenta dishes Your caregiver will usually check you intermittently over the first hour after the placenta has been delivered and further for the next 24 hours and then again over the next six weeks to make sure that the uterus is

    Original URL path: https://m.huggies.com.au/childbirth/labour/placenta (2016-05-02)
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