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Labour Third Stage

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, 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 research


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: a way that has ensured our survival as a species for millennia.


Lotus Birth – Leaving Umbilical Cord Uncut

Lotus birth is the practice of leaving the umbilical cord uncut, so that the baby remains attached to his/her placenta until the cord naturally separates at the umbilicus- exactly as a cut cord does- at 3 to 10 days after birth. This prolonged contact can be seen as a time of transition, allowing the baby to slowly and gently let go of his/her attachment to the mother's body. Although we have no written records of cultures which leave