Yes! The most important thing is to ensure that you keep the levels of your body’s oxytocin as high as possible. Oxytocin is the hormone which helps to shrink your uterus and helps your placenta to birth. Oxytocin can be boosted by keeping the lights low, asking people around you to speak softly and kindly, and by loving touch. Holding your baby skin to skin, smelling them (you can take their hat off if you want!), touching them, this all boosts your oxytocin. If you are feeling cold or shivery, say so, so that someone can cover you and warm you. Feeling warm, safe and cosy helps your oxytocin.
Changing position can help. If you’re sitting or lying down, and if you’re able to, try to stand, kneel forward or squat. Perhaps your birth partners can help you into these positions?
Sitting on the toilet can be a great way to release the placenta and it has the added benefit that it can help you to wee. Try running the tap to help this along! A full bladder can stop the placenta coming out so if you haven’t passed urine for a while your midwife can feel your belly to see if your bladder is full. This can be helpful even if you don’t feel that you need to wee because we often lose the urge for a short while just after birth, even if our bladder is really full. If your bladder is full and you can’t wee, your midwife can quickly release the urine with a catheter which is a tiny tube that is passed into your urethra and allows the urine to drain. This then makes the bladder much smaller and gets it out of the way of the placenta.