I attended a birth last night where to OB did something strange.
About 5 minutes after the baby was born, I looked down and noticed what seemed to me to be a separation gush, and instead of letting mom know that the placenta would be ready soon, the OB reached in to her elbow and manually scraped and yanked it out! This was not a case of a retained placenta that needed to be manually removed, as far as I can tell, as it had only been 5 minutes since the birth. It seemed like her typical 3rd stage management. Is this common?