However, there was one aspect that my mother and I both could not get over. Less than 5 minutes after the delivery, the doctor reached in and manually removed the placenta! My sister was in obvious discomfort, and it happened so fast, that my mom and I just sort of stood there in shock. Later, I asked the nurse why the doctor had done this, the nurse replied "Because it wouldn't come out", and she gave me a dirty look. The next day, when my sister asked the doctor why, the doctor replied that the placenta was "Stuck". Mind you - this was less than 5 minutes after the birth.
So, I recently spoke with a friend of mine who has been apprenticing under a midwife, and her reaction was that this is the new 'Thing' in hospital birth - that some study has concluded that the immediate manual removal of the placenta reduces hemmoraging and that it's now standard practice. I myself have read that Manual removal of the placenta is a risk factor for postpartum endometritis.
Has anyone heard about this? Are links to support this theory? To contradict the theory? I think that it's barbaric, akin to assault. I was extremely uncomfortable and infuriated watching my sister writhe on her back while this doctor basically ripped her placenta out with no explanation. I personally think that the doctor was in a rush to proceed on with her evening and didn't want to stick around for the 30 minutes that it may have taken to deliver naturally.