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    Default Managed third stage

    Hi!
    I'm currently 36.4 weeks and writing my birth preferences. With DS 6 years ago, I didn't have the oxytocic injection. The placenta came out fairly quickly after DS, under 20 minutes, but I did lose roughly 500ml of blood.

    I'm undecided if I should get it this time or not? Or maybe say I will have if if placenta isn't delivered within 30 minutes or I'm losing too much blood?

    Aargh I don't know, any opinions appreciated.

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    I had the injection after about 30mins however it didn't work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamasupial View Post
    I had the injection after about 30mins however it didn't work.
    What happened?

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    What would be the reason not to have this injection? Just curious

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    I had a physiological third stage. The placenta came in just under 20 minutes and I lost about 300ml of blood.

    Was there any concern over the amount of blood you lost?

    My midwives weren't concerned with mine but I'm not sure when they start worrying. My middies commented that my uterus was particularly efficient so obviously didn't need the injection.

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    I didn't have the injection with DS2 and all went great, but I had no issues for previous births either. Maybe you could speak to your midwife about what kind of reasonable time frame you could put in place before you are given the injection?

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    They didn't seem concerned about the blood loss last time.

    I'm hoping for a drug free birth again, so this lends itself to that plan. Apparently it can cause post birth headaches also? And I don't really want an injection for the sake of it.

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    I had the injection both times (no other intervention/drugs apart from a few stitches the first time around). Perfectly happy with the outcome. I just wanted it over and done with asap.

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    I always said it was something I wanted to decide in the moment. My preference was to do delayed cord clamping and after that was done I would decide if I wanted to hurry the placenta along or not. With my second I had a pph and didn't get to delay cord clamping after all as they needed it out asap, so I was given the injection quickly after birth. With my third after we did delayed cord clamping and I asked for the injection afterward but they were also happy for me not to have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hakuna matata View Post
    What happened?
    It wouldn't come out so after about 2 hours I had it removed in theatre.


 

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