At my birth, I requested to birth my placenta naturally by myself, the last thing I wanted was someone yanking it out of me.... but that's what happened, with a manual extraction (see my birth story).
The only reason for cord traction and hurried removal of the placenta would be if it had separated and I was hemorrhaging, or if my uterus had begin to clamp down around it causing trapped placenta. Neither of these things were happening.
What constitutes a postpartum hemorrhage? Is 60 seconds after birth long enough to assess if there is hemorrhage? because it was literally as soon as she was put on my chest I started feeling sharp stabbing pulling pains and I told her to stop-- and she didn't. That's birth rape. Then I had to lay there as she scraped the placenta out of me piece by piece, in immense pain, anxiety and a feeling of being violated- during the time I should have been happy and having floods of good feeling hormones and bonding with my baby. The medical records say "estimated blood loss- 300". From what I've read, that is NOT hemorrhage, which would mean the manual removal was uneccessary. Also- if my uterus was indeed clamping down around it necessitating manual removal, why the heck did they give me an ENTIRE BAG of pitocin? If my uterus was doing the work on its own I wouldn't need it, or maybe they gave me pitocin after she was born and it MADE my uterus do that.
so I guess the questions are:
1. Was that a PP hemorrhage
2. Was the ME necessary
3. What can I do about being given pitocin AGAINST my consent for no other reason other than "standard" (eye drops, cutting cord immediately are also standard but I refused those... so why was I not notified that I was given it, when I got there I specifically told everyone NO pitocin.
4. What can I do about the cord traction/manual removal when I directly said NO.