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How to Prevent Post Delivery Haemorrhage


Post delivery haemorrhage is nothing but excessive bleeding after giving birth. Read on to find tips for preventing post delivery haemorrhage.


Apart from timely medical intervention, awareness is a major factor that can play a big role in preventing post delivery haemorrhage. Commonly known as excessive and uncontrolled bleeding post
childbirth, this condition is known to claim an estimated figure of over 150000 women every year.

Despite medical advancement, there are cases where post delivery haemorrhage is unavoidable. And in many of the developing countries, childbirth takes place in the home environment or the local clinics where the facilities of emergency medical intervention and equipments are lacking. Successful prevention usually comprises of timely emergency referrals, immediate obstetric care, prompt blood transfusion, and not to forget emergency surgery.


An Ideal Prevention Strategy

A timely and efficient medical intervention is often found to be the most effective mechanism to prevent post delivery haemorrhage. The process initiates with the active management of the third stage of labour. There are three principal factors that define this active management strategy, which needs to be managed in tandem –

  1. The appropriate uterotonic drug must be administered on time. In most of the cases, the doctors prefer oxytocin.

  2. Dealing with the placenta during delivery, or in other words, the delivery of the placenta itself. This is an assistance mechanism which is termed as Controlled Cord Traction.

  3. After the placenta is delivered, the uterus needs to be massaged effectively.

According to research, such timely and efficient intervention can successfully prevent post delivery haemorrhage in over 50% of the potential cases, that otherwise come across as unprepared accidents.


Expertise and Efficiency

This is on the part of the care-giving. It has been observed in many cases that post delivery haemorrhage is caused by the very factor which could have actually prevented it. The reference is towards the delivery of the placenta. Many doctors due to inadequate experience tend to rush the delivery of the placenta. The intervillous vessels must be allowed to get a chance to contract which in turn can effectively prevent post delivery haemorrhage. But if the delivery of the placenta is rushed, the vessels are deprived of this chance, and thus the flow of blood spirals out of control.

The over-manipulation of the uterus must also be avoided at all costs. This is often does to facilitate placental delivery. Such manipulation causes the lobes to be left behind in the uterine lining which can potentially hamper the normal contraction of the uterus. In order to prevent this condition and control post delivery haemorrhage, the doctors must manually remove the lobes.


Anticipate Well

The doctor needs to study the woman on whether she is showing signs of uterine atony. Since this one of the major causes leading to post delivery haemorrhage, the condition can be anticipated if the woman has been in labour for a long time. Or there is a precipitous labour. Moderate to acute uterine fatigue is the most common resultant effect in both the cases. This can partially separate the placenta. Therefore, the doctor has to study the labour patterns and stay prepared for the condition so that he or she can deal with it effectively. Again the doctor also needs to check whether the woman has not displaced her uterus by keeping her bladder full, during or shortly after delivery.

In conclusion, a simple way to prevent post delivery haemorrhage that is in the hands of the woman is by taking care of her diet. This entails a good prenatal nutrition and taking in adequate supplements. In certain studies it has been observed that women who incorporate nettles, red raspberry and liquid chlorophyll are found to have a safe delivery. Even Spectrum 2C multivitamins are effective in this regard. This is the most that a woman can do to prevent the haemorrhage as the rest of her medical conditions are beyond her power. The secret is to maintain a good health, with high energy levels to fight the stress of childbirth and have an adequate amount of blood to meet the probable loss.

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Savvy.4 years ago
Postpartum hemorrhage can be easily prevented. This article gives an insight into the prevention strategy of PPH. Great!
 
 
 
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Grishma.4 years ago
Most often maternal health is neglected after delivery. This happens mostly in developing nations. Due to inadequate maternal care and emergency services, many mothers do not get timely services thus leading to their death due to loss of blood.
 
 
 
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Susan.4 years ago
Postpartum hemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal mortality. It can be prevented by providing with proper maternal care after delivery. what we need is more awareness.
 
 
 
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