Obstetric Characteristics for a Prolonged Third Stage of Labor and Risk for Postpartum Hemorrhage

Pat Magann, Dorota Doherty, C.M. Briery, A. Niederhauser, S.P. Chauhan, J.C. Morrison

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    Aim: To determine the obstetric characteristics associated with a prolonged third stage of labor and risk factors for a postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) in women undergoing vaginal delivery. Method: Secondary analysis of a prospective randomized investigation comparing placental removal at 20 versus 30 min to prevent PPH. Results: Between 1 March 2004 and 1 March 2005, 1,607 women were recruited. Eighty-nine percent of the placentas had delivered by 10 min (n = 1,430) and 10.5% (n = 168) had delivered between 10 and 20 min, leaving 8 retained placentas (0.5%) >20 min. Simultaneous factors predictive of longer duration of third stage of labor included maternal age ≥35 years (hazard ratio HR = 0.990, 95% CI 0.981-0.999, p = 0.030) and duration of second stage of labor >2 h (HR = 0.745, 95% CI 0.628-0.883, p = 0.001) relative to second stage of labor 10 min (OR = 6.45 95%, CI 2.73-22.84, p <0.001 compared with third stage ≤5 min). Conclusions: Prolonged third stage of labor is correlated with an older maternal age and a prolonged second stage of labor. Significant risk factors for PPH include chorioamnionitis, an overdistended uterus and a third stage of labor >10 min. Copyright © 2007 S. Karger AG, Basel
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)201-205
    JournalGynecologic and Obstetric Investigation
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


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