Once your baby is born, the birth seems to be over. Parents hold their new baby, exhausted and relieved, engrossed and amazed, utterly entranced and focused, and are often perplexed when their caregiver asks mum to give one more small push. What on earth for? This is the third stage of labour: the birth of the placenta. And there are still some choices to be made.
In this issue, we take a small glance at a couple of the features of Third Stage Labour. The Question of the Quarter discusses options with regards to the umbilical cord. Our first article takes a brief peek at some of the things people do with their placentas. And our featured article by Michaela Evanow further examines the practice of eating or encapsulating the placenta.