Going through the birth of your child is a wonderful and unique experience. No two deliveries
are alike and there is no way to tell how your delivery is going to be. What we can tell you is the stages you will
go through during this process and what you can expect. Childbirth can be divided into three stages:
First stage: Begins from the onset of true labor and lasts until the cervix is
completely dilated to 10 cm.
Second stage: Continues after the cervix is dilated to 10 cm until the delivery
of your baby.
Third stage: Delivery of your placenta.
The third stage is the delivery of the placenta and is the shortest stage. The time it takes to
deliver your placenta is anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes.
What to expect & what to do:
After the delivery of your baby, your health care provider will be waiting for small
contractions to begin again. This is the signal that your placenta is separating from the uterine wall and ready to
be delivered. Pressure may be applied by massage to your uterus; and the umbilical cord may be gently pulled. The
result will be the delivery of your placenta, also known as afterbirth. You may experience some severe shaking and
shivering after your placenta is delivered. This is common and nothing to be alarmed about.
You have now completed all the stages of childbirth and will be monitored for the next few hours
to make sure that the uterus continues to contract and bleeding is not excessive.
Now you can relax and enjoy your little bundle of joy!