The duration of the third stage of labor is subject to the location of placental implantation

Samuel Lurie, Andrey Gomel, Oscar Sadan, Shimon Ginath, Sigi Rotmensch, Marek Glezerman

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Abstract

We evaluated the association between placental location and length of the third stage of labor in normal term singleton pregnancies. Two hundred consecutive singleton term live vaginal deliveries following uncomplicated pregnancies were included in a retrospective study. The mean maternal age was 27.5 ± 5.2 years, and the mean parity was 2.2 ± 1.4. Patients' charts were reviewed in order to determine the placental implantation site. Anterior location of the placenta was noted in 96 women (48%), posterior in 66 (33%), fundal in 26 (13%), and lateral in 12 (6%). The duration of the third stage was 9.5 ± 5.5, 9.4 ± 5.3, 12.8 ± 9.5, and 7.6 ± 3.5 min in anterior, posterior, fundal, and lateral groups, respectively (p < 0.05). The duration of the third stage of labor is statistically significantly longer, if the placenta is located in the fundal area of the uterus. Therefore, we believe that the placental location may be important in managing the third stage of labor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-16
Number of pages3
JournalGynecologic and Obstetric Investigation
Volume56
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Labor abnormalities
  • Labor, third stage
  • Placenta
  • Ultrasound

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