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Retained placenta refers to a condition in which the placenta is not delivered within 30 minutes after the baby’s birth. Risk factors may include older age, having a premature baby, going through long first and second stages of delivery and having anatomical problems in the uterus such as fibroids. Oxytocin is usually administered in order to help uterine contractions and reduce the risk for postpartum bleeding. Retained placenta could cause complications such as infections and bleeding. The midwife or doctor may help the placenta come out in several maneuvers. If the placenta is not removed manually, there is sometimes a need for taking it out using a curette in a surgery.

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