Dec. 16, 2021

061 Retained Placenta

061 Retained Placenta

What happens when the placenta does not deliver easily?


Retained placenta is when the placenta is not delivered within 30   minutes of the delivery of the baby.  Some facilities or institutions will consider the placenta to be retained only after 60 minutes or even more, but for the majority of locations, 30 minutes is considered a placenta that is retained (stuck). 

There prevalence of retained placenta is about 2-3% of deliverer and can happen in vaginal deliveries or cesarean births. There are several factors that can increase the changes of a retained placenta such as : 

  • Previous retained placenta
  • Preterm delivery
  • uterine anomalies
  • previous uterine scar
  • preeclampsia
  • stillbirth
  • small for gestational age infant
  • velamentous cord insertion

In the episode, we discuss what to expect in the case of a retained placenta. 

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