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What do I need to know about caring for someone with retained placenta?

If you are taking care of a woman who has just given birth, be aware of her symptoms as they could be signs of something more dangerous. Excessive bleeding after birth can be considered postpartum hemorrhaging when a woman loses over 500 milliliters (a little over a pint) of blood. This can signal retained placenta and the woman can potentially go into shock, requiring immediate medical care. Other symptoms include foul-smelling vaginal discharge and fever.

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