Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Post Partum Bleeding Overview

Another name for Post Partum Bleeding is Postpartum Hemorrhage.

What is postpartum hemorrhage?
A woman with postpartum hemorrhage has excessive vaginal bleeding after childbirth. Most experts define postpartum hemorrhage as a loss of greater than 500 cc of blood following delivery of the baby. About 1 out of 20 women has postpartum hemorrhage during labor.

What are the symptoms of postpartum hemorrhage?
Symptoms that may occur with postpartum hemorrhage include lower abdominal pain, faintness, or fainting.

How does the doctor treat postpartum hemorrhage?
Treatment for postpartum hemorrhage may include a blood transfusion. Treatment for severe postpartum hemorrhage may include surgery to remove the uterus.

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Last Updated: Feb 11, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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