Shortly after your baby’s birth, the cord will be cut (in a natural childbirth you wait for the cord to stop pulsating before cutting it) and you will deliver the placenta.
- The third stage is from the birth of your baby until the delivery of the membranes (the amniotic bag that surrounded your baby) and placenta.
- It usually happens between the 5th and 15th minutes after giving birth however in a natural birth midwives will wait for up to one hour without intervening. Your doctor will encourage you to bear down and you may find squatting helps. The doctor will check the placenta to ensure it’s complete and that none of it remains in the uterus, which could cause a postpartum hemorrhage.
- After the huge effort of giving birth, it’s common to have a physical reaction. Many women experience uncontrollable shaking or shivering, and some feel nauseous and may even vomit.
- Need of time to realize the power of the experience.
- You may feel overwhelmed and emotional.
- Immense joy due to meeting your baby.
- Need of tranquility.
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