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The third stage of labour

This stage lasts from the birth of the baby until the placenta is delivered, usually from 5–20 minutes.

5 mins to read Jan 20, 2018

The uterus continues to contract after the baby is born. You may be asked to push with the contractions to deliver the placenta. The doctor or midwife will examine the placenta to ensure that it is complete. The uterus will also be examined and stimulated to contract in order to control bleeding.

These contractions may be uncomfortable; if so, use your breathing techniques.