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Definition of Third stage of labor

Third stage of labor: The part of labor from the birth of the baby until the placenta (afterbirth) and fetal membranes are delivered. The third stage of labor is also called the placental stage.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2013

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