Blog Series: What the heck happens during the Placental Stage of Labor?


You have finally delivered your baby, you are holding them close, or letting your care providers tend to them as you can finally relax. This stage begins when your baby has been successfully delivered, and ends when the placenta is delivered.

“The instant of birth is exquisite. Pain and joy are one at this moment. Ever after, the dim recollection is so sweet that we speak to our children with a gratitude they never understand.” – Madline Tiger

What’s happening?

  • You will experience contractions, however you may not notice them.
  • You may feel sharp cramps.

What to expect:

  • It usually lasts about 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Expect to feel a lot of emotions.
  • You can either opt do skin to skin or you can have your care provider check the baby.
  • A massage of your abdomen to contract your uterus may be needed.

How to cope/What to do:

  • Enjoy the time with your baby and your partner.
  • Partners offer verbal affirmations. 

PhotoThe Delivery by Amanda Greavette



Previous stages:

1. Early Labor

2. Active Labor

3. Transitional Labor

4. Pushing Stage of Labor

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