Placental birth resources

This page links to all of the placental birth resources on this site. So that’s posts about the birth of the placenta, the management (or not) of the third stage of labour and other ideas relating to placentas.

I became interested in this area early on in my midwifery career, and I first wrote about this topic twenty years ago (in the ‘Further thoughts on the third stage’ article, which is linked below). My interest continued as part of my work on anti-D, and I went on to co-author two editions of Birthing Your Placenta with Nadine Edwards, which you can also see below.


Birthing Your Placenta

Tips for physiological birth of the placenta

Cord clamping, blood banking…

A revelation that every birth worker needs to know about gravity and placental transfusion

Update to the Cochrane review on approaches to the birth of the placenta


Large Carbetocin trial published

We need a better way of defining postpartum haemorrhage…

Can I have a natural placental birth after induction?


And here’s what I have on the consumption of placentas, as it’s something we get asked about a lot…

Pondering placentophagy


How you can find out more

I remain really interested in this topic. Our book is one of the key sources in this area. I also share placenta and third-stage related research in our free newsletter list.

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