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In this section, we explain the third stage of labour, which is when the placenta and membranes, also known as the afterbirth, separate and are delivered.

An overview of a natural 3rd stage of labour

An overview of the 4th stage of labour

An overview of an actively managed 3rd stage of labour

Support strategies during the 3rd and 4th stages of labour

What to expect from your caregiver

Variations of the 3rd and 4th stages of labour

The woman's perineum after the birth

Stillborn baby

The FAQs during the 3rd stage of labour

Information sources

Preparing for birth


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