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The World Health Organization has recommended that all women should be offered active management of the third stage of labour (the delivery of the placenta). “Active management of the third stage of labour prevents postpartum haemorrhage by over 60% and therefore should be offered by all skilled birth attendants at every childbirth.” Active management of the third stage involves administration by injection of a drug to help the uterus contract immediately after the baby is born, then clamping of the umbilical cord once the uterus contracts (usually 1-2 minutes) and controlled traction on the cord to deliver the placenta. This reduces the chance of losing more than 500 mL of blood from about 15% to 5%.