Losing some blood after birth is considered normal, however if excessive bleeding occurs this is known as postpartum haemorrhage. There are two types of postpartum haemorrhage and there are various causes depending on the type;
- Primary or immediate – occurs within 24 hours of giving birth
- Secondary or delayed – occurs between 24 hours and 6 weeks post birth
If your doctor or midwife feels there may be a risk of postpartum haemorrhage you may be offered an injection of Syntocinon as your baby is being born to assist with the delivery of your placenta. After the birth of your baby, your midwife or doctor will check your uterus to make sure that it is firm and contracting. Postpartum haemorrhage can cause various complications and you may be required to stay longer in hospital.
For more information;
Mater Mother’s Hospital – Haemorrhage – postpartum
Pregnancy Birth & Baby – Labour complications
Source: (Mater Mother’s Hospital)