Often, there is so much information to take in with regards to labour, that many people don’t know the facts from the falsehoods.  Here is the truth about: The Placenta.

The Placenta

Delivery of the placenta is very easy, and you are largely uninvolved with this part of the delivery. You will most likely be focused on your baby, without realizing what is going on around you.

You will receive an injection of Syntocinon (this helps with uterine contraction), you may feel a gush of blood (don’t be alarmed, this is completely normal) and you may have an urge to bear down again. The obstetrician or midwife will simply clamp the cord which is attached to the placenta and slowly and gently pull it out the vagina, while providing counter-pressure upwards against your uterus. You may be asked to push gently again. It can take a few minutes to get to this stage. You may feel a little bit of discomfort as the placenta reaches the perineum, but it comes out easily and quickly thereafter.

In comparison with what you’ll have just been through, this is the easiest part, and is more of an annoyance than anything else.

If you have had a C-section delivery, then the doctors will take it out as part of the operation – in other words, you won’t have to deliver it via the vagina – they will simply remove it with their hands once your baby is out safely.


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