Third Stage of Labor

The third stage of labor consists of two phases: 1) separation of the placenta and 2) its delivery. Of the three stages of labor, the third stage of labor is usually the shortest and the easiest, especially if it is not rushed. The third stage is important because it is a primary factor in determining whether postpartum hemorrhage will occur.

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About Author: Mary L. Cooper

Mary L. Cooper, CPM, mother of three, one being a son with Down Syndrome, who has been one of her greatest teachers, and two grandchildren. Helping over 4000 births, recently into three generations, still practicing and learning.

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