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3rd stage of labour .....managed or natural.............
vit K what was your decision???????
Inzi, I am sorry for your loss.
I had 3 natural 3rd stages and for the 4th I decided to have it managed because I was over 40 and had read that older mums have a greater risk of heavy bleeding.
I didn't really notice any difference.
My first 2 kids weren't given vit K (my choice, but so long ago I can't remember my exact reasons!) and the next 2 had it orally.
I had the jab for the placenta both times
First time I was knackered and happy to have it over with. TBH I reckon the MWs were jab happy and I would have had to strongly object to avoid it
With no2 I was fairly anaemic so they threatened me with jab & drip for the placenta. Got away with just the jab
VitK - both mine had it orally.
I gave ds vit k orally and owuld plan to do the same with this lo. Can't remember my exact rationale on this now but had read about it all last time and was happy with my decision.
Ended up with emergency section last time and was put on a drip with syntocinon in it which I think is pretty standard in this situation as the risk of haemorrhage is greater. To be honest didn't really care at that stage. I had planned to have the injection though and if I end up with a vaginal delivery this time I will do the same. Again can't remember my reasoning but went through it all last time and baby plus todler brain means I can't do the same again!!!!
I had managed 3rd stage both times, for selfish reasons as i wanted to be able to have a shower and get cleaned up.
As for Vit K i did injection, as my sister has a blood cloting probelm.
inzi - I'm planning to do as loopsymumsy suggests - on my birth plan, it reads:
I wish to have a physiological third stage. Please do not inject me with Syntometrine unless there is an obvious bleeding problem.
I would like for the cord to stop pulsating before it is cut.
however, as far as I understand it, it is only recommended that you have the injection as a matter of course if you have had drips (induction) and whatnot during the birth ...
VitK - ds had it, this lo will be having it too.
I have had managed 3rd stage for both my children and will again for my 3rd.
They both had VitK but orally. My thinking on it was that they have enough jabs in their first few weeks so let them off on this one
It does vary though depending on how you feed.
ejt - your birth plan looks exactly like mine
DD1 I had a managed third stage, disaster almost needed surgery
DD2 I had a homebirth natural third stage (MWs weren't used to this and were a bit nervous) cord wasn't cut until it stopped pulsing DD1 had her first feed still attached which was lovely. Placenta delivered about 20 minutes later no problems.
I had a physiological third stage with DD3 (DTDs were a manual removal of placenta so don't count).
Great wouldn't hesitate to do it again. Wait until placenta is delivered to cut cord. That is the way nature intended it. Nature intended baby to have that blood or the placenta wouldn't keep pumping it for 20-30mins. DD3 didn't have any evidence what so ever of jaundice and I think delayed cord cutting helped.
The only problem that I had was that her cord was too short so I couldn't hold her until cord had been cut, but I was on all 4s with her on a beanbag underme so she was close.
I was worried that I would have to have more contractions (i.e. more pain) to deliver placenta this way, but it was not painful at all. I just had the 'pushing pressure' no pain at all.
If there are problems for you or baby there is no reason they can't have the synometriene on standby and give as necessary.
Inzi I'm sorry for your loss. Did they possibly give you any reason for the heavyness of your bleeding as I would say if they did, it may be relevant to your decisions re managed 3rd stage and vit K for baby?
When I had my LO (they knew 3 weeks beforehand), my liver had packed up. This meant that my blood was not clotting properly (and presented a risk to my baby's blood not clotting properly as well). Since Vit K is protecting baby against haemorrage it is worth having it injected if there is any reason to think baby may be more likely than the next baby to bleed. Re the safety of vit K, I believe it has been injected in the UK for years (certainly I had it when I was born, my mum had no choice in those days though!). My baby was also 3 weeks early so this made it more appropriate for the vit K to be injected.
For the 3rd stage, I thought that the sooner they delivered the placenta, the sooner they could get your uterus "closed up", they can give you a drug to close your uterus up. (I believe the advantage of doing this quickly is being less likely to bleed heavily). Again as I was at risk of bleeding, I had a managed 3rd stage together with the drug to get me closed up asap.
i chose vit k orally because there was some studies done a few years back possibly linking vit k injection to an increase in childhood leukaemia - i don't think it was ever proved but i'm anti injections anyway really.
i feel that any vit or mineral is metabolised differently by the body when it is taken orally rather than injected, so chose that option.
at the time i'd been reading about the way the body deals with diseases or some such !!
So sorry to hear about your loss. I have had 2 ds's, gave them oral vit K both times (means 1 does they give after the birth, one the midwife does when they come and see you on day 7 at home and one you have to sort out on day 28 - GP or Hv or whatever. We decided on oral just because it is available and there was some concern about the injection being implicated in childhood leukaemias some years ago - though I think that has been largely ruled out now. We just felt giving it in a syringe was nicer for a newborn baby than a jab plus i was a bit sick of drugs and medical intervention the first time.
For the 3rd stage, I planned to have natural for the same reasons - but first birth went tits up so they gave me the injection. Second time I did have natural and felt it was much better - came out no problem after 30 mins. Also I recovered from the birth a lot faster and the blleding was less but don't know if this is becasue the second birth was less traumatic.
I would go as natural as possible if you can, then if any interventions are needed they don't stack up. Good luck.
I'm probably too late for this discussion Inzi!
In my birth plan I put that I would like a managed 3rd stage. However, when my lovely, lovely midwife read my birth plan, she suggested that we just wait and see. She said that if my labour went well, and I had had an intervention free delivery, then she would suggest a physiological 3rd stage.
She was absolutely right. I had a wonderful waterbirth, and then delivered the placenta naturally within 15 minutes.
DD had Vit K orally.
I found this site a helpful reference
I've decided to try a natural 3rd stage this time, but happy to have the jab if I encounter problems
At my last mw appt we discussed these two things. I have gone the same route as I did with ds1, a managed 3rd stage and VitK injection for lo. It meant the third stage was over and done with quicker, I barely bled afterwards either, well relatively speaking as I didn't really know what to expect. Also my mw said if you do the Vit K orally they have to have it about 3/4 times??, and you will have to administer it once you get home, whereas the injection is a one off, and blimey its the least of lo's problems after going through the labour
I had physiological third stages both times and mine were 25 mins and 10 mins respectively. I did bleed quite a bit second time round but not enough to cause any serious probs and I would do the same again. You will almost certainly be strongly advised to have a managed third stage if you had dangerously low bp and a heavy blood loss last time. Do you know how much blood you lost last time and did you need a blood transfusion?
With the oral vitamin K they have 3 doses:
Day 0: shortly after birth given by the midwife that delivered the baby.
Day 7: given by the community midwife that is coming to your house to check/weigh baby etc (or possibly you may be going to the clininc rather than having home visits in some areas)
Day 28: depends on health authority - for me done by the midwives at the hospital, last time (different area) the HV at the baby clinic. This is the only one you need to make an appt for.
Beware of midwives that try to dissuade you out of oral vit K or physiological 3rd stage - they have an agenda - neither are any extra hassle for you - just them! (they can't nip off straight away after the birthand have a cup of tea as have to stay until placenta delivered and oral vit K means finding a doctor to sign the prescription chart).
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