It has been recognised that, if the length of the third stage of labour exceeds 30 min, then there is an increased risk of a post-partum haemorrhage. Recent information has suggested that 18 min is the optimal time for removal of the undelivered placenta to prevent a post-partum haemorrhage. A randomised trial comparing 20 vs. 30 min was stopped after an interim analysis because only eight of 1607 patients' placentas had not delivered by 20 min. A third stage of labour that exceeded 10 min was observed to be significantly correlated with an increased risk of post-partum haemorrhage.
|Journal||Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|