Normal labour: third stage

Edited by Janet Medforth, Susan Battersby, Maggie Evans, Beverley Marsh and Angela Walker

in Oxford Handbook of Midwifery

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199584673
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729867 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Nursing

Normal labour: third stage

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Care during the third stage of labour 288

Physiological management of the third stage 290

Active management of the third stage 292

Assessing and repairing the perineum 294

Examining the placenta and membranes 298

The third stage of labour is potentially hazardous for the woman due to the increased risk of haemorrhage, particularly immediately following delivery of the placenta. Life-threatening haemorrhage occurs in approximately 1 per 1000 births. However, estimates of PPH vary widely—from 4% to 18%....

Chapter.  4885 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Midwifery ; Obstetrics

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