Table 2

Observation of practice during the third stage

Total n = 156 (%)


Gestation at birth

preterm

16 (10)

term

140 (90)

Mode of delivery

vaginal

114 (74)

Caesarean section

42 (26)

Uterotonic used during 1st or 2nd stage

31 (20)

Prophylactic uterotonic used in 3rd stage

137 (87)

oxytocin iv

101

oxytocin iv and methergine* im

36

with anterior shoulder

2

with birth of the baby

10

after birth of the baby, before cord clamping

21

after birth of the baby, after cord clamping

75

not stated

29

Position of the baby when cord clamped

on the woman's abdomen

6 (5)

held by person doing the delivery

109 (95)

Time from birth to cord clamping (seconds)

11-20

132 (85)

21-30

19 (12)

31-40

4 (3)

41-50

1 (1)

Controlled cord traction

76 (49)

Baby required resuscitation at birth

10 (6)


iv = intravenous; im = intramuscular

preterm = < 37 completed weeks gestation; term = ≥ 37 completed weeks

† for vaginal deliveries only; * methylergonovine maleate, a semi-synthetic ergot alkaloid

Bimbashi et al. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:4   doi:10.1186/1471-2393-10-4

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