Your placenta (the afterbirth)
After your baby is born, more contractions will push out the placenta.
- If you have had a natural labour you midwife will ask you if you wish to have a physiological third stage where your placenta comes away on its own.
- If you are more at risk of bleeding your midwife will talk to you about an injection in your thigh just as the baby is born, which will speed up the delivery of the placenta. The injection contains a drug called Syntometrine, which makes the womb contract and helps to prevent the heavy bleeding that some women experience. This is known as post-partum haemorrhage.
Let your baby breastfeed as soon after birth as possible. It helps with breastfeeding later on and it also helps your womb to contract. Babies start sucking immediately, although maybe just for a short time. They may just like to feel the nipple in their mouth.