|I know that usually the placenta comes away by itself soon
after the birth. But what if something goes wrong?
If the placenta does not come away after the birth, it
is a serious problem because this can lead to haemorrhaging.
As the uterus contracts after the delivery it squeezes the
placental blood vessels closed. Initially attempts will
be made to manually clean the uterus, and oxytoxin may be
used to encourage the uterus to squeeze the blood vessels
closed. This process is likely to be unpleasant and even
painful. If this procedure is a failure then surgery may
be necessary, either under general or epidural anaesthetic.
If the haemorrhaging is severe blood transfusion may be
Placenta - After Birth
Placenta - Abruptio