What are the classic signs of placenta separation from the uterus during labor?

Updated: Jan 24, 2019
  • Author: Sarah Hagood Milton, MD; Chief Editor: Christine Isaacs, MD  more...
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The following 3 classic signs indicate that the placenta has separated from the uterus [2] :

  • The uterus contracts and rises

  • The umbilical cord suddenly lengthens

  • A gush of blood occurs

Delivery of the placenta usually happens within 5-10 minutes after delivery of the fetus, but it is considered normal up to 30 minutes after delivery of the fetus.

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