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What is retained placenta?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

After a woman has gone through labor and delivered her baby, the doctor must still deliver the placenta. Normally, there is about a half hour between the delivery of the baby and the delivery of the placenta. Retained placenta occurs when the placenta fails to detach from the inside of the uterus within this time frame. Some doctors may allow for a longer time between delivery of the baby and the delivery of the placenta before determining that you have a retained placenta.

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Retained placenta occurs when all or parts of the placenta or fetal membranes are not expelled from the uterus during the third stage of labor. A retained placenta is often accompanied by heavy bleeding.  If the placenta is retained it must be removed by the healthcare provider.

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