The Third Stage of Labor
You will actually deliver your baby and then your placenta during this stage. Congratulations!! You are a new momma! Your labor is almost over. While you are holding your baby in your arms, you will deliver your placenta.
If you had an episiotomy or tore, it will be repaired after the placenta is delivered.
The Dr. will examine the placenta to make sure it is intact and was expelled fully.
This stage will last about 15 to 20 minutes and the contractions are less strong.
You may feel shaky and hungry and rightly so! You have just delivered a miracle of life and it was tough work!