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Postpartum Haemorrhage

One of the main causes of maternal mortality, the large majority being in developing countries. The incidence of postpartum haemorrhage and retention of the placenta is increased if predisposing factors are present, such as a multiple pregnancy , polyhydramnios , or complicated labour . However, this complication can arise even in low-risk pregnancies and after an uneventful first and second stage of labour. How the third stage is managed may influence the incidence of these complications, and the amount of blood lost.

The information in this page is presented in summarised form and has been taken from the following source(s):
1. Care in Normal Birth: A Practical Guide. Report of a Technical Working Group, World Health Organisation, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, 1999.

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