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#1 of 3 Old 05-18-2008, 04:04 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi all,
Another Q - with my first the midwife did fundal "massage" on me after the birth - it hurt like crazy! I remember reading somewhere that not only is it not helpful or necessary, but it could even make things worse. But I don't remember where I read that. Anyone have some info on that? Do they really need to do it?
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I know it is helpful if you are trying to get a broken piece of the placenta out. Or to just help the uterus start to close, in the case of too much bleeding.

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It is dangerous to do it before the placenta has detached. Other than that I don't think it makes things worse, though there is disagreement about whether it is always needed for every woman. For sure it can be a lifesaver to empty the uterus when needed.
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