The evolving management of the third stage of labour
Article first published online: 4 SEP 2009
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BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Special Issue: International Reviews
Volume 116, Issue Supplement s1, pages 26–28, October 2009
How to Cite
Gülmezoglu, A. and Souza, J. (2009), The evolving management of the third stage of labour. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 116: 26–28. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2009.02308.x
- Issue published online: 4 SEP 2009
- Article first published online: 4 SEP 2009
- Accepted 13 July 2009.
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The immediate postpartum period is a risky period because life-threatening events can occur unexpectedly, and lead to death if they are not managed promptly. Appropriate management of the third stage of labour can reduce severe postpartum haemorrhage and death. This commentary summarizes how various management techniques of third stage of labour evolved to date and the evidence base for current international recommendations.