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Joined: 12/20/03
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After a relatively easy second birth, I did it with just gas this time and only 15 minutes of pushing. I was so proud of myself as I had an epidural with my first baby.

They had to suction baby after she was born as there was meconium in the waters. I finally got to hold her and the mid wife kept pulling at the cord. I thought it was a bit strange and thought if she'd just leave it the placenta would come away by itself. Then another mide wife put a catheta in and took my baby off me and asked me to push. I was starting to worry. They were worried about blood loss and all I wanted was to hold and feed my baby. I had to go under a general anesthetic to have the placenta removed. I fed her for about 1min as they wheeled me down to surgery. I gave her to her dad reluctantly and didn't see her for another hour. I lost 2 litres of blood and had to have a blood transfussion on day 3.

I found it took a little longer to bond with her. Although we are fine now she is so precious to me. But I think it took a little longer because we didn't have that time together when she was born.

I had never heard of the placenta getting stuck before it happened to me.

I had never heard of this happening before it happened to me.

Joined: 03/17/04
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WOW - I haven' t heard of that either. I know the placenta can move around, but I didn't know it could get stuck. Sorry you went through that. My baby was hurt by the Dr. who delivered her and I didn't get to hold her for about 4 hours after delivery. The bonding came naturally, but that was my first child so I woudn't know any different. If you plan to have more children, I would definantly consult a different Ob/Gyn to see if that was normal and if can be prevented in the future.

Joined: 01/28/04
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Placenta woes

I have wondered what the deal is with all this rush to get the placenta out. Although I have read that it is best to allow the placenta to birth spontaneously (and this can take an hour or more), I've also read that so many OBs and even midwives are in a hurry to get it out.

My close friend had me at her daughter's birth, and I was horrified to see the midwife (the same midwife that is going to deliver my baby in a few weeks) begin to kneed on the top of her stomach and pull on the cord to get the placenta to birth. It came right out - but then all h**l broke loose. My friend started hemmoraging terribly and they had to administer several different drugs to get it to stop. It was a scary few minutes.

Needless to say, I've made it clear to my midwife that I want to allow the placenta to deliver naturally. While she agreed, she seemed hesitant and I'm wondering why.

Does anyone have any insight on this??


Joined: 03/16/15
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Oh man -- hearing you guys talk about problems with the placenta brought back some memories! Three years ago, I was going through labor and delivery with my son -- everything went SO SMOOTHLY! In fact, I was 4 cm dilated and in labor and did not know it. I checked in at the hospital around 4:30, and was having contractions but did not really start having pain until around 9:30 that night. Just after 11:00 that same night, my son was born. So we're talking -- drug free birthing here...

Afterwards, my Dr. starting pulling on my placenta, and said that it wasn't going to come out on it's own. So she stood there and scraped it all out for about 45 minutes straight! I didn't realize this, but friends and family told me later that they could hear my absolutely horrible screams coming from the room down the hall that night. The Dr. said that had she not done all of that, and gotten the pieces of the placenta out (she apparantly yanked the main part of it out, and then scraped for forever) that I would have had to have a blood transfusion!!

This is extremely scary to me because I desperately want to have more children, but I'm afraid of this happening again! I've read online that this condition is really rare, and that it only happens in 1 out of 7,000 births -- but what if by chance it happens to me again? Not ONLY that, but in even more rare conditions, if they can not get everything out and get the bleeding to stop, then the mother has to be whisked away into surgery and have a hysterectomy! One website that I read talked about women who die during these procedures from large amounts of blood loss. Now THAT makes my stomach hurt!

Can anyone respond about this? What kind of information have you heard?

Joined: 12/28/04
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How scary!!

I also had that happen when I delivered my 3rd child VBAC last June. I was in labor for 12 hours, the last 6 with Pitocin. Did it natural basically because I dialated so fast, I was around 9.5 CM before they checked me and I was begging for an epidural. Why they gave it to me is beyond me, I thought there was a limit, but I guess not. It numbed me just in time to push the baby out. She came out with the 3rd push. 5 lbs 9 oz, 19 inches. I had 3 2nd degree tears requiring stitches. For some reason the doctor who delivered thought she needed to "pull" the cord to dislodge the placenta. Well it came out alright! She immediately starting screaming for my mom and MIL to leave the room, everyone started running around, yelling and someone left the room to go get help. I was scared to death. They took the baby from me and told me to relax. Yeah right.
I then got a peak from the side of the amount of blood on the floor. I don't know how I didn't bleed to death. After about 20 minutes, everything began to calm down and it seemed they had everything under control. No transfusion was needed. I did notice my doctor was absolutely covered in blood from the chest down though.

Scary. I wish they had just let me deliver it on my own.