The third stage of labour is the period of time immediately following the birth of your baby during which the placenta is delivered along with the membranes. The third stage of labour can either be physiological (natural) or managed (with drugs). Are you wondering what will happen during delivery of your baby’s placenta? Do you want to explore the possible benefits of a physiological third stage? Have you heard of lotus birth and wonder what it is?
This section explores the third stage of labour, from both physiological and managed perspectives.
Articles on Labour – Third stage
Placentophagy Placentophagy, consumption of one’s own placenta, is undergoing a small revival in Western culture. Numerous benefits to maternal health and wellbeing have be purported by placentophagy. These include specific hormones and nutrients which may be derived from ingestion, benefits for nutrition, the prevention of postnatal depression and increased lactation. However research in support of these claims is limited, dated and inconclusive. Further in some cases the validity of the research methodology used is highly questionable, subsequently calling the
Leaving Well Alone: A Natural Approach to the Third Stage of Labour By Dr Sarah Buckley This information was first published in 2000 in the book Lotus Birth, and has been extensively updated and rewritten for 2009 and published in Sarah's book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering available at www.sarahjbuckley.com Copyright Dr Sarah Buckley, 2000 The medical approach to pregnancy and birth has become so ingrained in our culture, that we have forgotten the way of birth of our ancestors:
Lotus Birth by Lavendilly By Jennifer McCormack Rosella was our lotus birth baby. We had considered the idea with Kaelan, and I had even prepared a beautiful silk bag, with a lotus painted on it, to keep his placenta in. We had bought the salt and had everything ready … but still we had reservations about it. I was still having issues getting over the ‘ick’ factor. As it happened, Kaelan was born by emergency cesarean and so the
Lotus Birth By Dr Sarah Buckley © Dr Sarah J Buckley MD 2009 This article may be copied and circulated for personal use and also for use by birth professionals, provided that all information is retained and credited. For permission to translate, publish or post online, please contact Sarah via her website www.sarahjbuckley.com Excerpted from the book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: the wisdom and science of gentle choices in pregnancy, birth and parenting (One Moon Press, 2005) For more
Placenta Pleasantries and Possibilities – What To Do With Your Placenta By Melanie Jackson As a homebirth midwife there is always that week in antenatal care where my clients and I discuss what will be done with the placenta. Some choose to freeze it to decide later, some wish to just dispose of it, others feel a connection to their placenta and wish to celebrate and commemorate it and some, like every other mammal on earth, choose to consume
Significant blood loss after birth is the most common cause of maternal death in the developed world, and is also a major cause of reduced post-natal health. Postpartum haemorrhage refers to the loss of more than 500 ml of blood following a vaginal delivery or 1000 ml of blood following a caesarean. While in some cases, significant blood loss can be attributed to a known and high risk condition, such as placenta previa, there has been much debate about
By Jo Hunter Placenta is rich in iron and protein, is full of oxytocin and oestrogen and packed with other vitamins and minerals. There is anecdotal evidence that suggests that placenta pills assist with recovery after birth. It is believed that placenta pills: Assist the uterus to return to its pre-pregnancy state Replenish depleted iron Reduce postnatal bleeding Regulate hormones Boost energy levels Prevent postnatal depression Assist milk supply Assist with the symptoms of menopause Some of the benefits
By Hannah Dahlen The most common surgical procedure in the world today – one that every human alive today has undergone – is the clamping and cutting of the umbilical cord at birth. The need for clamping and cutting the cord is not in dispute but how soon after birth this should occur is now being questioned. We’ve long known that immediate umbilical cord clamping and cutting could be harmful. Charles Darwin’s grandfather Erasmus Darwin – a well-known doctor
By Yvette Barton The debate on which is better for birth – hospital or home – is one which often generates strong and emotive responses. On one side are campaigners demanding that baby’s lives are being put at risk due to ‘ill-informed notions’ that home is safer, or just plain selfishness on the part of mothers. On the other side we have campaigners demanding the right to choose their place of birth, contesting the methodology of research which ‘proves’
By Jane Palmer Once a baby is born the midwife or doctor will carefully check the placenta to ensure that no part of the placenta or membranes have remained inside the uterus. If any part of the placenta or membranes has been retained in the uterus, it can cause a postpartum haemorrhage and/or infection. The process of checking the placenta should take place as soon as possible after birth. When a baby is born at full term (37 to