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Is it common for women to hemorrhage after birth?
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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
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In brief: No
Everyone has a risk of some bleeding after delivery.
It can be serious everywhere. However, incidence of life-threatening postpartum hemorrhage varies depending on the part of the world in which women deliver. Extensive bleeding is less likely to impact mothers in places where there are OB providers & facilities, medications that help the uterus contract and blood products to replace what is lost.

In brief: No
Everyone has a risk of some bleeding after delivery.
It can be serious everywhere. However, incidence of life-threatening postpartum hemorrhage varies depending on the part of the world in which women deliver. Extensive bleeding is less likely to impact mothers in places where there are OB providers & facilities, medications that help the uterus contract and blood products to replace what is lost.
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Dr. Kevin O'neil
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology
In brief: Yes
Postpartum hemorrhage, as defined as a blood loss of more than 500ml for a vaginal birth or 1000 ml for a cesarean birth, occurs in about 1 in 5 pregnancies.
The most common reason is uterine atony, or the inability of the uterus to contract after delivery. In most instances this can be managed medically. Also, most women are healthy and tolerate the blood loss without needing a transfusion.

In brief: Yes
Postpartum hemorrhage, as defined as a blood loss of more than 500ml for a vaginal birth or 1000 ml for a cesarean birth, occurs in about 1 in 5 pregnancies.
The most common reason is uterine atony, or the inability of the uterus to contract after delivery. In most instances this can be managed medically. Also, most women are healthy and tolerate the blood loss without needing a transfusion.
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: No
It occurs about 5 % of the time.
In developing countries where we have access to life saving measures, postpartum hemorrhage is usually controlled. Make sure you take your vitamin during pregnancy and eat iron-rich foods so that your blood count is good prior to giving birth.

In brief: No
It occurs about 5 % of the time.
In developing countries where we have access to life saving measures, postpartum hemorrhage is usually controlled. Make sure you take your vitamin during pregnancy and eat iron-rich foods so that your blood count is good prior to giving birth.
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