Third Stage Of Labor (Placenta Delivery)

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.
While you deliver your placenta, at 1, 5 and 10 minutes of your baby’s life, her breathing, pulse, movements, skin color, and responses are assessed. In South Asian and black babies, the color of the mouth, palms of the hands, and soles are checked. Each is given a score between 0 and 2, called the Apgar score. A total of 7 or more at 1 minute is normal; under 7 means help is needed.
Note: this material has been compiled thanks to my prenatal course and my favorite pregnancy book Pregnancy Day By Day


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2 Comments on “Third Stage Of Labor (Placenta Delivery)”

  1. September 27, 2012 at 11:38 pm #

    Per chi non lo conoscesse, il lotus birth è’ “la procedura di nascita in cui il cordone ombelicale non viene reciso e il neonato resta collegato alla sua placenta. Pochi giorni dopo la nascita (dai 2 ai 10, ma di media 3/4) il cordone si separa in modo naturale dall’ombelico del bambino.

    Il contatto prolungato con la placenta permette al bambino di ricevere tutta la quantità del preziosissimo sangue placentare che è presente alla nascita e che la natura ha previsto per la costituzione del sistema immunitario. E’ un tempo importante per stabilizzare il sistema respiratorio autonomo e gli altri organi” (estratto dal sito ufficiale

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