Figure 2-9. Placental separation and delivery.
2-12. NURSING CARE DURING THE THIRD STAGE
a. Continue observation. Following delivery of the placenta, continue in your
observation of the fundus. Ensure that the fundus remains contracted. Retention of the
tissues in the uterus can lead to uterine atony and cause hemorrhage. Massaging the
fundus gently will ensure that it remains contracted.
b. Allow the mother to bond with the infant. Show the infant to the mother and
allow her to hold the infant.
2-13. INFORMATION TO RECORD
Record the following information.
a. Time the placenta is delivered.