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If the placenta is not delivered
Sometimes, some or all of the placenta (afterbirth) stays inside the uterus. If this happens, you will be put on a drip – your healthcare professional should explain why this is needed. You may be advised to have a vaginal examination to check whether the placenta will have to be removed manually (a type of operation). This examination can be painful, so you will be advised to have pain relief. You should let the healthcare professionals know straight away if you need more pain relief.
If you need further care, you will be transferred to an obstetric unit if you are not already there. You may be advised to have an epidural or spinal anaesthetic when the placenta is removed.