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 has been a direct entry midwife since 1978, with 4000+ babies. Mary believes in all aspects of the birthing process, birthing women, and the full circle of birth (which at times includes death). At workshops, Mary shares this “sacred ground,” which includes: VBACs, twins, breeches, uterine death, birth anomalies, and healing births. She is a “caretaker” for elderly people, as all lives come to an end. Mary is thankful for the wisdom shared with her by women and babies she has helped.

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